Sunday, August 2, 2009
Canadian government fails to speak out for international law
just another day's work
In March of this year, the Israeli NGO Peace Now issued a report stating that the Israeli government plans to build 73,300 more homes in Palestine for Israeli settlers. This is what the Canadian government should be spending its time doing: protesting this theft of land and increasing movement away from any possible peace solution for Palestine and Israel. This morning, 53 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem were evicted at dawn from their homes, and immediately Israeli settlers moved into their houses. Obama's administration is demanding a stop to Israeli settlements; where is the Canadian government's voice? It's not like the Canadian government would be taking a risk--it would, after all, just be upholding international law: "Jewish settlements are illegal under international law according to Fourth Geneva Convention [article 49], which prohibits an occupying power from transferring its citizens to the seized land."