Friday, May 17, 2024

Sanctions on Extremist Settlers Give Israeli Government a Pass: CJPME


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Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes Canada’s belated imposition of sanctions on four extremist Israeli settlers, but warns that this narrow approach to state-settler violence fails to address the enabling role of the Israeli government. For months, Canada has warned that settler terrorism has the support of Israeli leaders and is often carried out with the protection or even participation of Israeli soldiers. CJPME continues to urge Canada to widen its list of targeted individuals to include Israeli officials responsible for settler violence, including far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, and to recognize the Israeli government as a state sponsor of terror under the State Immunity Act.

“While today’s sanctions set an important precedent that Canada can use economic measures to address Israeli violence against Palestinians, it totally fails to address the core of the problem. By narrowly focusing on a few individuals and failing to include any Israeli leaders in its list, Canada entirely sidesteps the complicity of Israeli leaders and the Israeli government,” said Michael Bueckert, Vice President of CJPME. “Years of evidence demonstrate that Israeli settler violence is a form of state-sponsored terrorism. Canada must sanction all Israeli officials responsible for supporting and enabling these crimes, starting with National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir,” added Bueckert.  (more...)

Sanctions on Extremist Settlers Give Israeli Government a Pass: CJPME

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