Wednesday, January 7, 2009
letter to Canadian Ministers
the needlepoint design on a shoulder bag made by a Palestinian widow that I bought a few years ago
Yesterday I wrote a letter to the editor of our local paper about the crisis in Gaza. Today, I became incensed upon reading the Toronto Star newspaper and finding Canada's recent comment blaming the deaths of the Gazan women and children sheltering in the UN school on HAMAS! So, I just sent off a letter to the Minister of Parliament for my region, MP Bruce Hyer, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent, and Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the recent statement by Canada blaming Hamas for the deaths of women and children in the UN school in Gaza. If you are a Canadian, please take the time to write your MP, the PM and Peter Kent about the crisis in Gaza and Canada's outrageous position.
find the email of your member of parliament here
To Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent, Minister of Parliament Bruce Hyer, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
As a Canadian I am outraged by Canada's position on the humanitarian crisis worsening every minute in Gaza. The refugee population suffers under the criminal military aggression of the state of Israel; Hamas is the result of 60 years of the dispossession, oppression and aggression against Palestinian people. I am appalled by the callous disregard of Israel's culpability in the deaths of innocent refugee civilians in Gaza that was suggested by Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent in his recent statement to Reuters which I read on the online Toronto Star today.
Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent stated: "Hamas bears a terrible responsibility for this and for the wider deepening humanitarian tragedy," Peter Kent, the new minister of state for foreign affairs, told Reuters in response to the attack."The burden of responsibility is on Hamas to stop its terrorist rocketing of Israel."
Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Peter Kent bears a terrible responsibility for dragging Canada's name into the bowels of world condemnation for his ridiculous comment that exonerates the state of Israel, supplied with $3 billion of US military aid each year, in its continuing colonization, expansion, and willful disregard for the lives of civilians, 80% of who are refugees and their descendants. Who have been refugees for 60 long years, having subordinate status and living in depressed conditions.
I demand that Canada take a humanitarian stance to this crisis and recognize the rights of the beleaguered Palestinians. I demand that Canada speak out to help bring peace to a troubled region, not bring more despair and hopelessness through such one-sided support of a bully armed with high tech military might, against a people suffering months of sanctions. Hamas' home-made rockets, which I strongly condemn, are, however, no match for the Israeli military which is wreaking havoc on civilians.
Canada used to be known for its peace-making initiatives. I am shocked at our callous disregard for the human suffering of the Gazan refugees--including its Hamas members.