Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
Canada is a steadfast friend and ally of Israel and friend of the Palestinian people. Canada also believes that both Israel and the Palestinian Authority must fully respect international human rights and humanitarian law, which is key to ensuring the protection of civilians, and can contribute to the creation of a climate conducive to achieving a just, lasting and comprehensive peace settlement. Canada is also committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.
Canada rejects terrorism in all forms and takes all allegations of criminal activity, terrorism and violent extremism seriously. The Government of Canada has strong legal prohibitions against the support of terrorist groups and does not tolerate any misuse or diversion of assistance to support terrorism or terrorist entities listed in accordance with Canadian legislation, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Canada is following with concern the situation regarding Palestinian NGOs whose offices were raided by Israel, and we are in touch with Israel to seek further information on this matter. The protection of human rights is a priority for Canada, and civil society plays a critical role in this regard.
Canada provides substantial humanitarian assistance in the West Bank and Gaza. This includes projects that focus on: providing services and support to women-headed households (including women with disabilities and survivors of gender-based violence); improving food security and livelihoods; and providing water, sanitation, and hygiene activities and infrastructure.
Examples of recent commitments include: $18 million over two years for humanitarian needs; $90 million over three years to UNRWA to support Palestinian refugees in the region; and $25 million for urgent needs, recovery, and peacebuilding following the escalation of violence in May 2021. As of January 2022, $10 million had been allocated to UN agencies with proven track records of delivering assistance effectively and in accordance with Canadian requirements.
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