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e-2710 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by David Kattenburg from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Israel has vowed to annex parts of the occupied Palestinian West Bank (OPT) beginning in July 2020;
  • Article 2(4) of the 1945 UN Charter prohibits territorial annexation
  • The above prohibition is reiterated in the Fourth Geneva Convention (FGC) and numerous UN Security Council resolutions;
  • The International Court of Justice confirmed this prohibition in its 2004 Wall ruling;
  • Israeli settlements constitute a “grave breach” under the 1977 Protocol Additional to the FGC, and a “war crime” under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court;
  • Canada acknowledges that Israel is an occupying power and thus subject to the above conventions;
  • Annexation would breach three peremptory norms: the prohibition against acquisition of territory by force, the right of all people to self-determination, and the prohibition against subjugation and apartheid;
  • Article 1 of the FGC and Canada’s Geneva Conventions Act obliges Canada to “respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances.”; and
  • Articles 40 and 41 of the 2001 Articles on State Responsibility obliges Canada to cooperate in ending breaches of peremptory norms and refrain from rendering assistance to same.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
1- Ban the importation of settlement products into Canada and incorporate a settlement exclusion clause into the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement;
2- Formally "differentiate" between Israel ‘proper’ and the OPT, as mandated by Item 5 of UNSC Resolution 2334 and Article 25 of the UN Charter; and
3- Instruct the Canada Revenue Agency to terminate charitable status for the Jewish National Fund of Canada and other groups that support Israeli settlements.
Open for signature
June 30, 2020, at 5:03 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 29, 2020, at 5:03 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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