Original language of petition: English
The Government of Canada is 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 will always support efforts for a two-state solution.
Canada firmly believes in the right of Palestinians and Israelis to live with dignity, without fear, and with their human rights respected. We support the principle of “two states for two peoples”, with both Israelis and Palestinians living within secure borders that are mutually respected and recognized.
Canada remains gravely concerned by the continued expansion of settlements, demolitions, and evictions, including the ongoing cases in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. The continued expansion of settlements, demolitions and evictions constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace. These actions impact families and livelihoods, do not serve peace, and are a violation of international law. Canada calls on Israel to stop settlement activities, including those in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Consistent with our longstanding position, Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied in 1967.
Canada has expressed its concerns regarding settlements, including at the UN Security Council “Session on the devastating violence in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza” on May 16, 2021, the UN General Assembly on May 20, 2021, on the Situation in the Middle East and the Palestinian Question and the UN Human Rights Council Special Session to address the “Grave human rights situation in Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem” on May 27, 2021.
The indiscriminate barrage of rockets fired by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad into Israel was completely unacceptable. They put the safety of civilians at great risk. The material and financial support to these groups must also end. Canada supports Israel's right to live in peace with its neighbours within secure boundaries, and its right to assure its own security. This right also comes with the immense responsibility and obligation to act in accordance with international law.
For decades, this conflict has caused much pain to both Palestinian and Israeli families and impacted the social fabric in the region. Mutual recognition and respect are critical foundations for a lasting peace. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and with Israeli and Palestinian youth and future generations top of our mind, Canada urges all parties to renew their commitment to peace and security. With this in mind, Canada will continue to work with Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the international community to break the cycle of violence, loss of life and suffering.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.
|Province / Territory||Signatures|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||10|
|Prince Edward Island||4|