Tell Canadian officials to condemn Israel’s massacre in Gaza

On Monday, May 14th, 2018, peaceful Palestinian protesters were shot and tear gassed by Israeli security forces. At least 60 Palestinians are dead, some as young as 8 months old. An additional 2,700 are wounded.

In response to this massacre, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland tweeted the following:

“Deeply concerned by violence in Gaza Strip. We are saddened by deaths + injuries that occurred today + over past weeks. It is inexcusable that civilians, journalists + children have been victims. All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure civilians are protected.”

The Minister’s statement puts the onus of this tragedy on the Palestinian victims who were injured or lost their lives in peaceful protest. We are calling on Minister Freeland to retract her statement and take a stance against the murder of Palestinians. We ask that those who support freedom and peace in Gaza email her your concerns at chrystia.freeland@parl.gc.ca.

You may copy and paste the following letter to send to the Minister:

Dear Honourable Chrystia Freeland,

On Monday, May 14, 2018, the day before the 70th anniversary of Nakba (when 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homes), Palestinians peacefully protesting near the Gaza border fence were shot and tear gassed. Israeli security forces killed at least 60 Palestinians in Gaza and wounded over 2,700. The dead include eight children under the age of 16.

In response to this event, you posted a tweet that read as follows:
“Deeply concerned by violence in Gaza Strip. We are saddened by deaths + injuries that occurred today + over past weeks. It is inexcusable that civilians, journalists + children have been victims. All parties to the conflict have a responsibility to ensure civilians are protected.”

The notion that it is even partially on the onus of the victims of this onslaught is abhorrent. As is widely noted by journalists, these protests have been peaceful and Israeli soldiers have not been injured. Insinuating that the people of Gaza exercise equivalent violence against Israeli citizens only serves to justify the violence used in this massacre.

I ask that you retract your statement on the events of May 14th, 2018 in Gaza and issue an apology to the victims and their families for suggesting they may have been responsible for this injustice against them.

No One Is Illegal Fredericton is also calling on our MP, Matt DeCourcey, also the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, to take a stance against these injustices as well. He can be reached at matt.decourcey@parl.gc.ca.

You can copy and paste the following letter to send:

To the Honourable Matt DeCourcey,

I am asking you as the Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs to take a stance against the massacre in Gaza that claimed the lives of at least 60 Palestinians, including 8-month-old Leila al-Ghandour. Israel has unconscionably deployed hundreds of snipers to fire on protesters as the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem. Currently the hospitals in Gaza City cannot treat the gunshot wounds as the number of those wounded rises in the thousands.

This use of force is unjust and unequal. I am calling on the Canadian government to take a stance against such injustices. As a world leader, Canada has a responsibility to draw attention to this massacre and foster peace.

The injustices against Palestinians have been ongoing for 70 years. For 70 years, Canada has remained silent on this issue. It is time that Canada lives up to its international reputation as a leader in peace and human rights.

No One Is Illegal is also holding a public vigil May 17th at Fredericton City Hall at 8:30 pm for the victims of this senseless massacre.