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Express your Rage and Heart Break at the Israeli military killing of Journalist Abu Akled

May 13, 2022: The world watches with rage and heart break as images show Israeli forces attacking the funeral procession for journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Images show the casket almost hitting the ground, with Israeli military grabbing Palestinian flags and hitting mourners with batons.

Al Jazeera journalist Abu Akleh was killed by the Israeli military on May 11, 2022 while covering an Israeli raid in Jenin. Her killing is a grave breach of international humanitarian law and constitutes an attack on journalism and freedom of expression.

Al-Haq has indicated that its “initial field investigation indicates that the murder of Shireen amounts to willful killing, a war crime under article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and an arbitrary deprivation of her right to life under article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

Since 2000, the Israeli military has murdered 48 journalists. Since the start of the year the Israeli military has killed 49 Palestinians within the occupied territory. They have also razed numerous Palestinian structures.

Liberals turns blind eye to illegal Israeli military recruiting in Canada

A number of organizations have openly recruited for the Israeli military in Canada in contravention of the Foreign Enlistment Act. A legal complaint was made to Minister of Justice David Lametti in October 2020 asking Canada to follow its own domestic law, and to investigate and if warranted stop illegal military recruiting in Canada.

It is a crime in Canada to recruit anyone for a foreign military. It is also a crime to aid and abet such recruitment by offering incentives and encouraging any person to serve in a foreign military.

Lametti indicated to Le Devoir that the RCMP would investigate. The RCMP confirmed this, however, 18 months later, the RCMP has not provided a response or even an update on the matter.

Canada’s complicity through subsidized charitable donations

A number of registered Canadian charities support the IDF in contravention of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules. In July 2021, a formal legal complaint was submitted to the CRA detailing the Canadian Zionist Cultural Association’s (CZCA) support for the Israeli military. Among other examples, it noted that an Israeli military website named CZCA as an organization “authorized to raise donations for the IDF” and in 2019 CZCA allocated over $1.7 million to YAHAD, which says its “aim is raising funds for IDF soldiers.” But, CRA rules state clearly that supporting the armed forces of another country is not charitable.

Canada’s arms exports to Israel at 30-year high

Canada sold $20 million worth of weapons to Israel in 2020. It provides explosives and related components to the Israeli military. Arming Apartheid: Canada’s Arms Exports to Israel finds that Canada’s arms exports to Israel reached a 30-year high in 2020. The transfer of military goods to a violent occupying force is inconsistent with Canada’s obligations under international treaties.

Trudeau and his Liberal government need to take immediate steps to stop direct Canadian complicity with an Israeli military committing war crimes.

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