Over the past month, Israel’s government has set about enacting its extreme agenda, including tabling legislation against the judicial system and provocative moves escalating violence between Jews and Palestinians.
We must thank our Canadian elected leaders who have been bravely speaking out about the dangers of these acts. As violence escalates, we need their voices even more.
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On February 21st, Liberal MP Ya’ara Saks issued a public letter opposing the proposed judicial reforms and on February 26th, condemned the violence in Huwara.
My statement regarding the proposed judicial reforms in Israel. pic.twitter.com/xfLNL1tsGr
— Ya'ara Saks יערה זקס (@YaaraSaks) February 21, 2023
Heartbroken by the terrorist attack today in the West Bank. 2 brothers Yagel and Hillel Yaniv were murdered. ז״ל
Concerned by the revenge attacks in Huwara & join @Isaac_Herzog in calls for deescalation.
— Ya'ara Saks יערה זקס (@YaaraSaks) February 26, 2023
On February 14th, Global Affairs Canada under Minister Melanie Joly issued a statement warning against increased settlements, alongside earlier denunciations of terrorism.
Statement on the Government of Israel’s announcement concerning settlements.
— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) February 14, 2023
On February 27th, NDP Foreign Policy Critic Heather McPherson tweeted her own objection to the violence in the West Bank, and to increased settlements.
I'm deeply troubled and worried by the unprecedented rampage of Israelis settlers against Palestinian in West Bank following an attack in which two Israeli brothers were killed.
I'm disgusted that this violence was encourage by sitting politicians.
— Heather McPherson (@HMcPhersonMP) February 27, 2023
Speaking up is critical at this time and NIFC appreciates the Canadian leaders who are standing up for Canada’s commitment to human rights and against violent escalation in Israel-Palestine.
To learn more about what NIFC is doing on the ground to defend human rights and lives, read this urgent update by NIF international CEO Daniel Sokatch.