Attack on Gaza

Having just returned to Canada, I have been watching the developments in Gaza.

I am member of the Canada Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Association and have worked with other MPs to pressure for peace and justice for Palestinians, by pressuring our Canadian government to show leadership in implementing UN resolutions regarding Palestine, and supporting the legitimate legal, political, and social demands of the Palestinian people.

This latest assault on Gaza by Israel is outrageous and the loss of civilian life and further destruction of civil society and infrastructure must be condemned and stopped.

I believe very strongly that such action by the IDF will not resolve long standing problems and will only further incite violence and instability. I hope that all Members of Parliament will speak out and make it clear that the Canadian Government must support a cease fire to prevent further loss of life. The cease fire must include Hamas and the firing of its rockets into Israel.

We must also demand that Israel allow the media access to Gaza to report on what is taking place. All efforts must be dedicated to restoring the basic necessities of life, and supporting Palestinians in recovering from the ongoing destruction of Gaza. Further, the International Community must resolve to support all peace efforts aimed at a just settlement, which must include the establishment of a viable, sovereign Palestinian state.

This Blog Entry was posted on January 4, 2009
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Siege in Gaza

Ms. Davies,

While I certainly agree with you in principle, I think we can both see what side is favoured in the current conflict. If Israel withdraws the siege and rescinds the blockade, Hamas will need to cease firing rockets in order to cement in Palestinians' minds their ability to govern effectively.

I am writing you in order to ask honestly that you take a strong and principled stand on the issue - that Canada immediately support international sanctions on Israel, rather than throwing the same empty words at them that tacitly allow this sort of action.

We cannot "call on the parties" to end this. Israel, in its' election year, has made it's agenda clear. It wants to put the squeeze on the democratically-elected government of Palestinians, because it disagrees with their mandate.

However, with every airstrike, tank, and soldier in Gaza, they discredit Mahmoud Abbas and other "moderates'" ability to negotiate.

This isn't a "two to tango" situation. One hundred Palestinians are dying for every Israeli, and the death count mounts daily.

As one of your loyal constituents, I ask you to stand for what is right here, especially as it unfolds before all of our eyes.

Neal O'Reilly (nealoreilly@hotmail.com)

Gaza

The Israeli attacks on Gaza are nothing less than a slaughter of civilians on a satanic scale; these war crimes must be investigated, indicted, tried, and punished under international law

Dear Ms. Davies, I just want

Dear Ms. Davies,

I just want to say thank you for your position on Gaza. The terrible loss of civilian lives has touched my family very deeply. As a Canadian I fully support your position and would like to know how can I help in order to get the message to our leaders to let Canada help facilitate a solution to this humanitarian crisis.

Your Truely,

Azza El Sandoubi
Montreal, Qc

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