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The Palestinian-Israel conflict - the Gaza War of May 2021

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Sinking in recent polls, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a new haircut and hung out with day campers at Mérédith Centre in Gatineau Park last week. (Photo: justinpjtrudeau IG)

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Failure to condemn evil forcefully and to acknowledge Israel’s exemplary self-defence during the war

Neither Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nor his Minister Marc Garneau (the “duo”) at any time distinguished between the way Hamas and Israel conducted the war save in the second Ministerial statement which condemned Hamas’ attacks on civilian Israeli population centres. 

Yet, at no time did the government condemn Hamas for the wanton manner in which it conducted the war in relation to its own population as well as to the Israeli civilians for example, by

a. killing a good number of its own people through its failure to prevent its missiles from falling within Gaza;

b. using civilians as human shields in a variety of ways such as building tunnels near or under civilian residences or establishing military operational units and storing armaments and ammunition in public buildings and ammunition  in order to  improve their defences  and increase the number of victims to score points in their public relations.

Further, at no time did the duo publicly state that by hitting population centers in Israel and using Gazans as human shields for its military operations, Hamas was self-evidently committing two sets of war crimes under international law.

Finally, for a government that claims to be committed environmentalists, the duo did not condemn Hamas for destroying agricultural land as well as flora and fauna in southern Israel with fire balloons immediately prior to its commencement of the war as well as during prior years. To sum it up, the duo treated Israel and Hamas as two sides of the same coin.

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In the process and most importantly, the duo refrained from publicly acknowledging the highly ethical manner in which the government of Israel and IDF conducted  their defence.

The following provide illustrations of their outstanding war ethics:

a. The extremely low number casualties of true civilians in the Gaza war are unprecedented in warfare;

b. NGO Monitor ‘s research identified 50 incidents in which Hamas and Jihad operatives killed in Gaza were falsely labelled by NGOs as civilian casualties or in which civilians killed by  Hamas were implicitly attributed to Israel. NGO Monitor, See No Evil: NGOs Turn Terrorists into Civilians in the Gaza Conflict, May 10-20, 2022; Eli Nirenberg and Lenny Ben David, Casualties in the Gaza War: How Many and who were they? Institute for Contemporary Affairs, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs,  July 26, 2021; Alex Safian, ”How Many Gaza Palestinians Were Killed by Hamas Rockets in May?” The Algemeiner, June 28, 2021

c. Both Hamas and the Palestinian Authority admitted that Israel avoided at all costs hitting the civilian population. As a matter of fact, the head of UNRWA at Gaza informed Channel 12 TV of Israel that the Israeli attacks pinpointed non-civilian targets with great precision. An admission that cost him his prompt removal from his position and transfer out of Gaza.  

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The duo also had nothing to say about the following facts in the second and subsequent statements: 

a. Israel has been a steadfast facilitator of the movement of all kinds of goods both in and out of Gaza 

b. Hamas shot and injured an Israeli soldier while he was expediting the entry of goods into Gaza, and 

c. Hamas was severely admonished by the U.N. for impeding the movement of humanitarian aid.

The Duo also did not find time to note and praise Israel for providing medical treatment to Gazans both before and after the war, and during the war for Gazans who were already in its care as it has been doing for substantial numbers of Palestinians through the years, regardless of their family background or the political machinations of patients such as that of the poisonous anti-Israeli Saeb Erekat of the Palestinian Authority (P.A.).

Rockets fired by Hamas fly from Gaza to Israel, 2021. (Photo: El Actomático – Miscelánea)

About Jerusalem: What would the Duo say? 

Towards the end of the tumultuous year 2011, the Palestinian outlet Shfa news conducted a new poll with 1200 Arab Jerusalemite Arabs-none of them Israelites- who were asked regarding their preference for living under Israeli or Palestinian rule in the future.

And- 1116 (93%) of the respondents said they prefer Israel to continue to rule Jerusalem 84 of them said they preferred the Palestinian Authority but 79 of those said they would up their current Israeli identity card. The Staff, the Algemeiner, December 14, 2021

These folks live in the same town concerning which Garneau twice made a fuss about the alleged evictions of Palestinians in two areas of the city. This is not the first poll or the last poll that produced results of this magnitude.

The question at the end of the day

The question at the end of the day is whether the Trudeau government and the government’s emanations such as the CBC and others treat Israel respectfully vis a vis Hamas and the P.A.?

I think not. And the evidence presented in this series provides the proof.

As a matter of fact the evidence that substantiates my opinion is not limited to the events of the Gaza war of 2021. 

Canada’s positions on the Palestinian conflict go back to, former Minister of External Affair, Stephane Dion’s dealings with Israel from the get-go.  

One illustration of Canada’s immutable position is set out in an article titled Canada’s position to the Arab Israeli conflict does much harm and no good, Israpundit June 13, 2018. The article consists of an exchange of letters between Liberal M.P Rob Oliphant and a fellow Canadian Howard Bochner.

The Christian Arabs in the P.A.  

The Minister also faulted Israel on a number of specific matters that had  little to do with the P.A. Curiously enough, one subject that did not cross the Minister’s lips in both statements, and indeed never crosses the lips of Trudeau is the oppressive treatment of the Christian Arabs in Area “A’’ which is under the jurisdiction of the P.A. and in Area “B” where the P.A. has exclusive jurisdiction over civil matters. For example just in Bethlehem, the Christian Arab population has dropped from 84% to 22% just in the last decade. Bassem Eid, Abolish ‘Nakba Day’, JNS, May 12, 2022

Hence, the Minister’s second statement is deficient in that what must be on the top of government’s mind must include not only Israeli and Palestinian youth and future generations but also and urgently that of the fate of the Christian Arab youth and future generations living in the P.A.

Then again, the Christian Arabs in Canada do not amount to a significant body of electors.

Doğan D. Akman is an independent researcher and commentator. He holds a B.Sc. in sociology, an M.A. in sociology/criminology and an LL.B in law. He held academic appointments in sociology, criminology and social policy; served as a Judge of the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador, and occupied the positions of Crown Counsel in criminal prosecutions and in civil litigation at the Federal Department of Justice. His academic work is published in peer-reviewed professional journals, while his opinion pieces and other writings are to be found in various publications and in blogs.  

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