Issued May 30, 2010, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Fourth Geneva Convention
Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act
Foreign Enlistment Recruitment Act (1985)
Denial of Right of Return
Brutal Siege of Gaza
Expansion of Settlements
Recruitment of Canadian nationals as mercenaries
Description of the suspect: A Caucasian man, 60 years old, average height, graying hair. Holds American and Israeli citizenship, speaks English with an American Boston accent and Hebrew. Also goes by the name “Bibi” and “Benjamin Ben Nitai”. He was last seen being greeted by Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, at Hangar 11, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. on May 30, 2010.
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
To: Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament for Halifax
To: The Parliament and Cabinet of Canada
We are writing to report that:
Benjamin Netanyahu entered the territory of Canada sometime on Friday, May 28, 2010 together with cabinet members Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein, as well as Givati Brigade sharpshooter Jonathan Fader, a native of Richmond, British Columbia, and:
• is reported on Saturday, May 29 to be meeting with “editors, broadcasters and writers” which, according to Amir Gissin, Israel’s consul-general in Toronto, “is quite an impressive list and one that reflects the interest Canada has in Israel”;
• is to launch a daylong “Walk with Israel” at the indoor CNE Direct Energy arena on Sunday, May 30, 2010 with an expected participation of 15,000 people “to show their love for Israel”;
• is to personally be greeted by Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, in a “photo opportunity” at Hangar 11, Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport at 12:30 p.m. on May 30, 2010; and
• is to hold a “working visit” in Ottawa on Monday, May 31, 2010 with “senior officials” including Prime Minister Stephen Harper. As stated by the Prime Minister’s Office on 3 May 2010, the aim of the “working visit” is to “strengthen” a “relationship” “through increased cooperation in several areas, including public security, defence, trade and investment, and the increased frequency of ministerial visits.”
Recalling the statement by the Minister of Foreign Affairs on March 15, 2010, during an appearance before the Commons’ Foreign Affairs committee, revealing that the Government of Canada is in full knowledge of the violation of international law by the Netanyahu administration, viz: “On the expansion into East Jerusalem, we feel that this is contrary to international law and therefore condemn it. We are very concerned with what is taking place now.”
Recalling that Israel has been repeatedly accused of violations of many articles of the Fourth Geneva Convention (1949);
Recalling that the first article of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that not only are occupying powers required to abide by its articles, but all “higher contracting parties” — of which Canada is one — are required to “ensure respect” of the convention;
Recalling that all violations of the Geneva Convention constitute war crimes, as defined by international law. The main articles in question are the following:
a: Article 53: forbids the Destruction of Property.
b: Article 33: Prohibits Collective Penalties.
c: Article 17: Prohibits the Expropriation of Property.
d: Article 32: Prohibits Torture and Corporal Punishment.
e: Article 49: Prohibits Deportation and the Transfer of Population from the Occupying Power to the Occupied Territories.
Extra judicial executions are all forbidden under the Fourth Geneva Convention and violations can also be heard before the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands.
Overwhelming evidence of these allegations against both Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli Administration is widely available, most prominently in the Goldstone Report – named after the lead jurist of the “United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict”, Justice Richard Goldstone, and adopted by the UN General Assembly on November 4, 2009 by a margin of 114 to 18 (with 4 abstentions) despite an aggressive campaign by the U.S., Canadian and Israeli governments to discredit the report.
These allegations have triggered Canada’s duty to act to use all legal means to ensure the appropriate investigations, remedies and responses.
The Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Palestine (Halifax) is ready, on request, to provide references to evidence of torture and other crimes against humanity. We are confident that other organizations such as the United Nations Human Rights Commission; UN Fact Finding Mission (September 2009); Richard Falk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and a professor of International Law at Princeton University; together with Western and non-Western human rights organisations such as National Lawyers Guild, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, and Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association would also be ready to assist by providing references to evidence.
Recalling that the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Act, under sections 4 to 7, “crimes against humanity” include “murder, enforced disappearance, deportation, imprisonment, torture and imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law, committed against any civilian population or any identifiable group. War crimes include willful killing, torture and inhuman treatment, unlawful confinement and willfully depriving a prisoner of war or other protected person of fair trial rights.”
We request that you, as our elected Member of Parliament, urgently inform the Parliament and the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities that the Benjamin Netanyahu administration is a “government that has engaged in torture and other war crimes and crimes against humanity” and therefore Benjamin Netanyahu, as Prime Minister, is also inadmissible under section 35(1)(b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and further, must be immediately detained, charged and prosecuted for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
On behalf of the Ad Hoc Committee to Defend Palestine,
31 Hilden Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3R 1K1