TRUDEAU: Stop bombing Yemen! Canada, Out of the Red Sea!

Take action by sending a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau calling him to withdraw from Operation Prosperity in the Red Sea.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done a grave disservice to Canadians and Canada’s long-term national interests by joining the US and UK-led Operation Prosperity Guardian in the Red Sea. This latest imperial military adventure is illegal because it lacks the approval of the United Nations Security Council, the only global body empowered under the UN Charter to authorize military action against states. When Canada openly participates in illegal actions, it undermines respect for international law and the UN Charter. It also undermines respect for Canada among the international community of nations.

According to US leaders, Operation Prosperity Guardian (now widely nicknamed “Operation Genocide Guardian”) was intended to deter the Ansar Allah movement of Yemen from maintaining its solidarity naval blockade of the Red Sea, in support of its demand that Israel immediately stop its attacks on Gaza. It should be noted that the Yemeni blockade has so far not cost a single human life and was originally intended only to prevent passage of ships re-supplying Israel’s targeting of civilians in Gaza.

Despite days of repeated of US/UK bombings, Operation Prosperity Guardian only increased Ansar Allah’s resolve to continue its blockade and to begin attacks on US and UK warships until the genocide in Gaza ceases. The whole Operation has therefore been a wasteful, costly, and destructive failure that is, in fact, widening the war in West Asia. In joining the US-led "coalition-of-the-willing" in the Red Sea, Canada has not only further isolated itself from the vast majority of states in the international community, but has also put our country on the path of being dragged by the US and UK into yet another war of the US empire.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ), in its recent ruling, indicated its de facto recognition that a genocide is taking place in Gaza by attaching a number of demands upon the State of Israel. The Trudeau government should follow the example of over 70 UN member states and support South Africa’s application. Instead, in seconding Canadian military personnel to Operation Prosperity Guardian, while simultaneously withdrawing funding from UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency), Trudeau's government has transitioned from enabling the State of Israel to continue its horrendous massacre of the helpless civilians of Gaza to implicating Canada directly in the genocide.

Read the full statement by the Canada-wide Peace and Justice Network. The statement was endorsed by  The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW), Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Hamilton Coalition To Stop The War Canada and the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute (CFPI)

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