More than two weeks after Israel's collective punishment against the Palestinians of Gaza began, the Canadian government still refuses to call for a ceasefire. While every day brings news of Israel's bombing of Gaza hospitals, Israel's destruction of Gaza schools and buildings, and Israel's blocking of humanitarian aid, our politicians talk gibberish about Israel's "self defence" and not about Israeli genocide. If the tens of thousands of messages we've sent to our "leaders" haven't been noticed, then it's time to call them up at their offices!
Use our NEW CALL TOOL to get connected via phone to your local MP, and have talking points on screen that you can explain to them. Call now to say, "Canada MUST support a ceasefire," and MUST take action to avert a genocidal rampage against Palestinians.
Spread the word about this campaign to call your MP:
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There are also other ways you can make a difference
We also encourage you to take action on-line via our other tools below:
- If you see on-line hate or incitement to hate, we have launched a tool to enable you to capture and record such incidents. We've already received dozens of reports.
- Almost 18,000 Canadians have emailed Trudeau and their own MP using our email tool. Join them now! And if you've already emailed; do it again.
- Donate to Gaza humanitarian aid. The CJPME Foundation is working with partners to ensure that our aid gets in as soon as it's permitted.
More information about Israel's war on Gaza
Israel’s indiscriminate bombardment of Gaza since October 7 has killed at least 4,600 Palestinians, including at least 1900 children. This means that Israel has already killed twice as many children in over a week as it did during the 50-day war in 2014. Although Israel says that it is only acting in self-defence following an attack by Hamas that killed at least 1400 Israelis, its military offensive has targeted residential buildings, schools, hospitals, ambulances, and convoys of people trying to flee. This is not self-defence nor justice, but seeking revenge on a civilian population.
On Tuesday, Al Jazeera reported that an Israeli airstrike hit the Anglican-run Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, which was sheltering hundreds of people seeking refuge, killing an estimated 500 people. The same day, Israel bombed a UN-run school killing at least 6 people.
These may only be early days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country is “embarking on a long and difficult war,” and appears to be preparing a ground invasion into Gaza, along with ongoing strikes from land and sea. At the same time, Israel’s defence minister Yoav Gallant imposed a “complete siege” of Gaza, shutting off electricity, and blocking the entry of food and fuel, while referring to Palestinians as “human animals.”
The catastrophic humanitarian crisis, combined with Israel’s ongoing bombardment of Gaza civilians and the supporting commentary by Israeli political and military leaders, suggests that literal genocide is not out of the realm of possibility. A prominent Palestinian human rights group has warned that Israel’s current attack may amount to a “campaign of genocide against the Palestinian people,” while several others have appealed to the UN to “protect the Palestinian people against genocide.” Similarly, a UN expert warns that Palestinians are in “grave danger” of mass “ethnic cleansing.”
Meanwhile, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 64 Palestinians in the West Bank, and Israel’s police chief is threatening to put Palestinian citizens of Israel on a ‘bus to Gaza’ if they express solidarity with the people there.
View CJPME’s up-to-date ledger of developments in Canada concerning the violence on our “Crisis Report 2023” Webpage.
While the NDP, Green Party, and several Liberal MPs have called for an immediate ceasefire, Prime Minister Trudeau still won’t call for an end to Israel’s bombardment of Gaza. We need to push all MPs to call for a ceasefire and an immediate end to Israel’s occupation and siege. We must also use international avenues of justice, such as the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, to hold all parties to account for war crimes.