FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2018
Ottawa, ON -Today, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which included harsh and disproportionate criticism of Israel and failed to mention Hamas’s direct role in instigating the latest attacks along the Israel-Gaza border.
Canada abstained on the resolution, while a number of countries, including the United States and Australia, cast their votes against it. Canada voted in favour of an amendment proposed by the United States which specifically condemned Hamas for firing missiles, inciting violence, digging attack tunnels, and diverting resources for violent purposes. The amendment did not pass.
In response, CIJA CEO Shimon Koffler Fogel issued the following:
“Canada is a friend of Israel and has been a world leader in opposing initiatives aimed at isolating and singling out our close ally. While we acknowledge Canada’s support for the proposed yet ultimately unsuccessful amendment condemning Hamas, it is deeply disappointing and troubling that the Government chose to abstain on today’s General Assembly resolution.
“The vital work of the UN is regularly disrupted by those obsessed with singling out Israel – the only liberal democracy in the Middle East. In 2016 alone, three out of every four UN General Assembly resolutions focusing on specific countries condemned Israel. These initiatives are unbalanced and unhelpful to the cause of peace.
“For many regimes, these resolutions are a convenient distraction from their own terrible human rights records. Further, they divert UN resources away from addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. The Trudeau government has pledged on numerous occasions to remain steadfast in opposing resolutions that single out Israel for condemnation and we deeply regret its failure to live up to that commitment. We therefore renew our call on the Canadian government to not only oppose such biased resolutions in future but to also push for reforms that ensure the UN upholds its founding principles.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.