Criminal silence of Global Affairs Canada on Israeli massacre

Picket against occupation of Palestine at Israeli consulate in Montreal on Land Day, March 30, 2018.

Global Affairs Canada, whose minister Chrystia Freeland is busily lecturing Russia on the necessity of a “rules based order” in connection with the alleged poisoning of two individuals in Salisbury, England and – co-ordinated by NATO – expelling its diplomats en masse, is maintaining an eery silence on the premeditated Israeli massacre of the Palestinians, 30,000 of whom were demonstrating for the Right of Return, committed by Israel on March 30.

Israeli forces used snipers, tanks firing artillery shells and drones firing tear gas. The death toll is currently 17 people. According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, 1,416 people were wounded on March 30 alone: 758 from live fire, 148 from rubber-tipped bullets, 422 from inhaling tear gas and 88 from other causes. Palestinian officials said that one was killed and 237 wounded in Rafah; four were killed and 345 wounded in southern Gaza; five were killed and 286 wounded in northern Gaza; two were killed and 197 wounded in central Gaza; and three were killed and 351 wounded in Khan Younis. Here is a video of a Palestinian shot while walking, evidently toward the fence. Here is another video that appears to show two Palestinian youths being shot, while running holding a tire – and video of the same incident from a different angle. Haaretz reports that one youth was shot in the back and killed: Abed el-Fatah Abed e-Nabi, 18.

But Canada has no comment nor on Israel’s blatant negation by the force of arms of international law which codifies the Right of Return. Notice the utter silence of Freeland and all those who have been shedding crocodile tears over the Syrian civilian victims on the war crimes. All those who called for NATO attacks on Libya and Syria (and other places) in the name of humanitarian concern or who exulted in the “Arab Spring” went silent during the Easter weekend.

Canada has a long history of interference in the Middle East, including rendering police and military assistance and “free trade” status to the Zionist occupiers and its allies in the region such as Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as well as officially sponsoring terrorist and proxy forces subverting the Syrian Arab Republic, Iraq and Iran. Successive Canadian governments have unequivocally declared “Israel’s values are Canada’s values” and that “Nothing will shake Canada’s commitment to Israel,” as Paul Martin famously declared.

Instead of implementing pertinent UN Resolutions, Canada openly defends the indefensible in UN voting, trains the Israeli Air Force in Canada, and sends police and military personnel to assist the “State of Israel”. Canadian tax-deductible dollars are used to finance “Canada Park”, a recreation centre built by the Jewish National Fund* on the ruins of three Palestinian villages of Beit Nuba, Yalo and Imwas destroyed by the Israeli Army without a single shot fired on 6 June 1967.

Canada has not been silent on the Middle East this week. Look at the statement issued by Global Affairs on March 27th. Notice the statement cynically omits that it was issued on the third anniversary of the war started by the U.S.-Saudi coalition on March 26, 2015 and just one day after a massive demonstration in Sana’a (pictured below). It went so far as to condemn the Yemeni forces who are resisting the U.S. Saudi war of aggression which has been armed by Canada and which has destroyed and devastated that country. It stated that “Canada strongly condemns the ballistic missile attacks launched by Houthi rebels on Sunday, against four towns and cities in Saudi Arabia, including Riyadh’s international airport. The deliberate targeting of civilians is unacceptable.” Not a single person was injured while the Saudis who have killed thousands with U.S. and British bombs are presented as victims and it is the Houthi who are war criminals. Notice the statement is utterly silent on the massacres of Yemenis, famine and cholera epidemic or of NATO arms sales to the feudal Saudi monarchy but instead asserts that the problem lies with “Iran keeps supplying weapons to the Houthis.”

Massive rally held in Sabeen square, Sana’a, Yemen on March 26 | Courtesy of Ahmad Algohbary

This is criminal. Does a “rules based order” condone the commission of atrocities and massacres by Israeli troops? Does a “rules based order” condone the demolition of homes, theft of land, and denial of health care and food? Does a “rules based order” condone ignoring innumerable resolutions affirming the Right of Return such as Resolution 194, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December 1948 which called for the return of Palestinian refugees to their homes and the UN Security Council Resolution 237 passed in June 1967 calling on Israel to facilitate the return of refugees, thereby including those forced out by Israel’s seizure of land days earlier?

Its silence on the “deliberate targeting” of the people of Yemen and Palestine not only gives impunity to state terrorism but also reveals a hierarchy of the “civilians” that the Canadian government considers worthy enough of protection. Such is the racist and self-serving concept of a “rules based order” being peddled by Freeland as a fig leaf for imperialist aggression on the world scale; it is the wrecking of a rules-based order established after World War II embodied in the Charter of the United Nations. This ostensible humanitarianism and “rules based order” stops at the border of Palestine and of all those peoples and countries in the world resisting the U.S.-NATO dictate, thereby exposing the hollow arguments.

The present extent of the military intervention of the Trudeau Liberals in the Middle East is without precedented by any previous Canadian government. It is carried in the name of “protecting Canadian values” to intervene against those whom they call “failed” and “rogue states.” The Trudeau Liberals preen themselves with “higher ideals” than the Trump regime but at the end of the day their politics serve the aims of a United States of North American monopolies to dominate the world.

Meanwhile at home, the government is increasingly criminalizing Canadians’ just support for the Palestinian cause and opposition to the racist ideology of Zionism by claiming this to be anti-Semitism. Far from it, it is Zionism that degrades all of humanity, including people of the Jewish faith, by justifying ethnic cleansing, war crimes and genocide as a means to provide “security” for one group of people by dehumanizing others. This must not pass! “Canadian

March 2002, “Everybody hear us say: Palestine is here to stay!” was the most popular slogan at the Land Day demonstration in Halifax.

The people of Canada, which facilitated the catastrophe of 1948, have a moral duty to speak. The time demands Canadians from all walks of life to go all out to support the just stands of the Palestinian people and demand that the killers of the people on March 30 and March 31 be brought to justice. Canadians must hold the Canadian government to account for conciliating and providing active support for the Zionist occupation of Palestinian land and the crimes of the occupiers. In doing so, Canadians also fight for their own right to conscience and freedom to speak out in support of peace and the peoples’ resistance to aggression, war and occupation.


*Canada granted tax-free charitable status to the Jewish National Fund, a state monopoly established in 1901 and part of the World Zionist Organization, deliberately designed to act as a private owner in the name of the “Jewish people.” Land was taken from the collective of the Palestinian people, “nationalized” or “collectivized” by kibbutzim, but was actually never turned over to individual Jewish property owners before 1948. JNF established the infamy called “Canada Park,” a recreation centre, and which continues to plant trees to conceal the evidence of Palestinian villages destroyed by Zionists.

With a file from TML Weekly


Massive marches to Israeli border affirms Palestinians’ Right of Return



Filed under Canada, Palestine, West Asia (Middle East)

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