In Israel, Khaled Mouammar, Palestine

The NDP has seen the reality in the Holy Land for what it is, and adopted a policy that demands Canada suspend arms dealing with Israel and halt trade with Israeli settlements.

By Khaled Mouammar

Published on NCW, Apr 12, 2021
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Finally, a moment of moral clarity has arrived on the Canadian political scene with the NDP Convention delegates voting to support Palestinian rights.

The NDP has seen the reality in the Holy Land for what it is, and adopted a policy that demands Canada suspend arms dealing with Israel and halt trade with Israeli settlements.

The 1998 International Criminal Court (ICC) Statute states “the transfer, directly or indirectly, by the Occupying Power of parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies” constitutes a war crime in international armed conflicts.

In March 2021 the ICC initiated an investigation into Israel’s illegal transfer of 700 thousand Israeli Jews into East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Israel’s alleged war crimes against two million besieged Palestinians in Gaza.

A report released in early January by B’Tselem, a leading Israeli human rights organization, states that the Israeli regime rules over the entire area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River and implements laws, practices and state violence designed to cement the supremacy of Jews over Palestinians. B’Tselem concludes this is “apartheid.”

The UN apartheid convention and relevant UN resolutions call for sanctions to end apartheid.

It is high time that Canada fulfils its legal and moral obligation of doing whatever is legitimately necessary to end this 21st century Israeli apartheid regime, just as it had done against its 20th century South African counterpart.

No equivocation. No excuses. And certainly no hypocrisy must be tolerated any longer.

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Khaled Mouammar is a Christian Palestinian Canadian whose family was forced to flee his hometown Nazareth in 1948. He is a founding member of the Canadian Arab Federation and a former member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. He received the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Award from the Governor General of Canada in 1977.

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