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Canada’s objection to the so-called “annexation” of lands in Judea and Samaria

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The relationship with Israel (cont.’d) – The Prime Minister’s arguments do not withstand scrutiny

Note: Justin Trudeau stated: “I have highlighted both publicly and directly to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz the importance of staying away from measures that are unilateral and our deep concerns and disagreement with their proposed policy of annexation”. The concluding paragraph of Part 18 reads: The Prime Minister’s statement cannot stand scrutiny for four reasons. These and the rest of the matters concerning the proposed annexation will be presented in the following Part 19.

First, the term “annexation“ is bereft of historical and legal foundations. Israel would not be annexing land that belongs to another sovereign country .It is simply asserting its own unextinguished legal right under international law to incorporate back lands set aside for the establishment of a Jewish Home. The lands in question were illegally occupied by Jordan as a result of the Israeli War of Independence of 1948-1949 and they were recovered by Israel during the war of 1967.

Second, at all events, the lands in issue do not currently belong to any other sovereign country.

Third, as a matter of historical fact, the Middle East and first the Jewish Home and then the State of Israel has not enjoyed peace and stability. It has been attacked in the wars of 1948-49, 1967 and 1973; and after 2005, Israel has been subjected to three mini-wars triggered by Hamas not to mention its intermittent attacks before and after the 2021 Gaza war of 2021.

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Trudeau has been urging the Israeli Prime Ministers to stay away from taking unilateral measures such as establishing settlements in Judea that will delay any prospect of lasting peace. And since then, he has been repeating the same line ad nauseam ad infinitum.

Yet, by a bizarre turn of logic, to date Canada and U.S. (save in two instances in 2021-22) along with the E.U. rarely criticise and condemn regularly and publicly the P.A. and Hamas, for their repeated actions to terrorise Israel with the ultimate goal of taking over its lands and killing its Jewish inhabitants; or for that matter take the P.A. to task for fast building houses and changing the landscape illegally both in Israeli territory and in Area C which under the Oslo Accords, has been set aside under the exclusive control of Israel. If these patterns of terrorism and land theft, not to mention the rejection of any and all peace plans, do not delay any prospect of lasting peace, then surely Israel cannot be accused of standing in the way of the peace, by taking defensive and lawful actions.

Of course, to be fair, Trudeau’s formula of two- states solution is not entirely devoid of logic, albeit a perverse one; namely, the P.A. cannot become a sovereign state without exercising sovereignty over lands. Since the P.A. has none, land had to be found somewhere. Conveniently enough it has been found, yet again by demanding Israel to part with some of its own lands after losing the bulk of these lands when the U.K. with the complicity of its WWI allies and in breach of the Sam Remo Declaration granted it to strangers to these lands i.e. to Saudis to establish what is now known as Jordan. This theft of land in breach of U.K’s fiduciary obligations, was followed by two further attempts by the U.K. and the U.N. respectively prior to the War of Independence. Since then, the U.S, U.K., the E.U., UNGA and its various emanations and Canada are still at it.

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Double standards on refugees

Between 2005 and April 1, 2018, approximately 37,000 persons originating from Eritrea and Sudan fled their respective countries and after a very difficult trip managed to enter Israel illegally and sought refugee status. Under Israel’s law governing this type of situation, the new arrivals were not considered to be refugees. Instead, they were issued temporary resident status and had to renew their visas every 2 or 3 months which they were allowed to do for around 13 years depending on the date of original entry. Finally, the Israeli government decided to expel only the single men to a pair of third countries and towards this end to provide them each with a plane ticket worth U.S. $4000.

Vivian Bercovici, former Canada Ambassador to Israel (2014-2016) summed up Canada’s position as follows:

“Speaking on behalf of the minister of foreign affairs, Chrystia Freeland, her spokesperson, Adam Austen, commented rather boldly: “Canada does not support policies of mass deportations of asylum seekers. The rights of asylum seekers and refugees are laid out in the Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, of which Israel is a signatory.”

The clear insinuation articulated by Mr. Austen, of course, is that in conducting these deportations, Israel is, in fact, contravening the Geneva Convention.

In response to a request to explain this position, the department provided irrelevant written blather about the importance of Israel ensuring “equal and non-discriminatory institutional access to health services to asylum seekers and minorities.” 

Speaking on background, a senior Israeli government official confirmed its position that, legally, its treatment of asylum seekers does not run afoul of the Geneva Convention. In fact, the Israeli Supreme Court raised no such concerns when it considered the issues related to contemplated “deportations.” National Post, March 14, 2018.

This matter was highly divisive in the Israeli society and it led to mass demonstrations in support of keeping the refugees in Israel and led the government to find a political solution to the problem.

Yet, Canada looked the other way and stayed quiet when in December 2015, Jordan, which in 2021 Minister Garneau of Global Affairs referred to as a “key partner” expelled merely 800 Eritreans refugees; men, women and children on the grounds that they sought refuge in Jordan solely for the purpose of receiving “medical treatment”. Many of the refugees were nabbed on the street and all of them were deported without due process, a proper hearing before a Court, let alone the right to appeal against the decision of the Court.

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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