Gaza 20/20, call for economic sanctions & military embargo until the closure is lifted
Write a letter to the Canadian government calling for international and domestic accountability.
Let us remind the Canadian government that it has responsibility under both international and domestic law to hold Israel accountable.
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Now in 2020, Gaza beyond this horrendous situation Gaza now is facing the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19 with the first cases. For example, there are only 40 intensive care beds for 2 million people, only 200 test kits, a lack of electricity and clean water as well as a lack of base medical supplies.
Domestic Law: Under the Special Economic Measures Act, the Canadian government can impose sanctions when “gross and systematic human rights violations have been committed in a foreign state.”
“United Nations reports have stated that war crimes may have been committed by Israel during its various military operations in Gaza, [and] multiple and systematic human rights violations have been credibly documented by the United Nations and by international, Israeli and Palestinian human rights defenders.” The Special Rapporteur reminded the UNGA that he had “determined previously that the occupation itself has become illegal, given its flagrant violations of the foundational principles of the modern laws of occupation.”
Michael Lynk stressed that now it is time for the international community to hold Israel accountable. It seems Canadians would agree, as a 2017 EKOS poll indicated that two-thirds of Canadians indicated support for sanctions on Israel.
In February 2020, the Canadian government indicated to the International Criminal Court (ICC) that Canada does not recognize a Palestinian state, and thus Canada's policy is that the ICC has no jurisdiction in the case now before it. See the letter in response that was sent on February 28, 2020 by Michael Lynk with Alex Neve, Secretary of Amnesty International Canada .
Gaza 20/20 also calls the Canadian government to
-support the Prosecutor’s motion before the Pre Trial Chamber that the “territory” over which the ICC may exercise its jurisdiction under the Rome Statute for the purpose of formally investigating the purported commission of war crimes in this situation comprises of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza; and not to take any steps at the ICC or any other international forum that would oppose the work of the Prosecutor in this regard.
This letter was first prepared for Land Day 2020, to remind the Canadian government that it has responsibility under both international and domestic law to hold Israel accountable. It only takes 1-3 minutes to send a letter, which you can choose to customize.