May 16, 2018
Ottawa, ON – Today, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) criticized a statement issued by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on recent violence at the Israel-Gaza border. CIJA has requested an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to convey the Jewish community’s concerns about this issue.
CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel issued the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed the government’s statement ignores Hamas’ direct responsibility for recent violence on the Israel-Gaza border. This contradicts the government’s long-stated position that, as a close ally and fellow liberal democracy, Israel can count on Canada’s support when its security is threatened. It also disregards Hamas’ claim today that 50 of 62 fatalities in the latest attempts to breach the border were Hamas members.
“Hamas has left Israel no choice but to use force to protect the tens of thousands of Israelis who live close to Gaza. We are outraged and saddened that Hamas is again using civilian human shields. For Israelis and the Jewish community, Palestinian casualties are painful tragedies. For Hamas, Palestinian casualties are sickening public relations achievements. Shifting the blame to Israel risks encouraging Hamas to further fuel violence, make peace harder to reach, and impose additional hardships on Gazans – who are the primary victims of Hamas’ tactics.”
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