Friday, April 5, 2024

Canada must end all relations with Israel


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As Israel’s most recent escalation of the genocide against the Palestinian people enters its sixth month, all attempts by the international community to bring the brutal killing to an end have been met with rejection and outright defiance.

On March 25, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2728, a simple three-point document which is absolutely clear in its condemnation of all actions which violate international law and calls for an immediate ceasefire.

This Resolution reiterates “its demand that all parties comply with their obligations under international law, including international humanitarian law and international human rights law, and in this regard deploring all attacks against civilians and civilian objects, as well as all violence and hostilities against civilians, and all acts of terrorism, and recalling that the taking of hostages is prohibited under international law.”

To this end, the Resolution “[d]emands an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan respected by all parties leading to a lasting sustainable ceasefire, and also demands the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as ensuring humanitarian access to address their medical and other humanitarian needs, and further demands that the parties comply with their obligations under international law in relation to all persons they detain.”

According to Vassily Nebenzia, the UN’s Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, the original draft resolution text called for a “permanent” ceasefire, but this language was changed just prior to the meeting. Nebenzia proposed an amendment to return the word “permanent” to the Resolution but this proposal was defeated by a United States veto.

The United States’ UN representative, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, abstained from voting on Resolution 2728, and did not exercise a veto, which allowed the Resolution to be adopted. In her comments on the proceedings, Thomas-Greenfield stated that the U.S. supported “some of the critical objectives in this non-binding resolution.”

This is a vital point that must be understood. All resolutions which are passed by the Security Council are legally binding and must be implemented. The comments by Thomas-Greenfield are blatantly false and can only be described as an attempt to mislead the public as to how international legal norms operate within the framework of the UN.  (more...)

Canada must end all relations with Israel

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