Justin Trudeau lauds Israel’s “commitment to peace”
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has earned quite a reputation as Israel’s greatest supporter in the world. But now Harper may have to work a littler harder to defend his title as the Great Cheerleader of Israel and its policies and actions towards Palestinians.
Enter Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, the man many believe would topple our elected tyrant during the 2015 federal election.
In an recent statement that reiterates the Liberal Party of Canada’s official position on the troubled Middle East, Trudeau wants you to believe that he’s addressing the “situation in Israel and Gaza.” He’s not.
The statement, issued July 15, is not an invitation to democratic conversation. There are things Trudeau insist on: Hamas the “terrorist organization,” Hamas’ “rocket attacks on civilians,” Israel’s “right to defend itself and its people,” and Israel’s “commitment to peace.”
The statement goes on to mention “the tragic civilian loss of life in Gaza” but then jumps on to “the suffering of Israelis under terrorist attack.”
What about state terrorism? What about war crimes? What about the fact that the mighty Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) claimed that the four Palestinian boys slaughtered on the beach last week had likely been misidentified as a “legitimate,” Hamas target, as Haaretz reported? What about the fact that, some time last week, Israelis gathered on hillsides and watched, cheered, ate popcorn and snapped selfies, as their military dropped bombs on Gaza?
To be clear, Hamas is committing war crimes by attacking unarmed Israeli civilians with rocket missiles. But as Chris Hedges recently noted, these attacks pale in comparison with the IDF’s ongoing full-scale assault, code-named Operation Protective Edge. The bestselling author and award-winning journalist recently argued:
Israel is currently attacking a population of 1.8 million that has no army, no navy, no air force, no mechanized military units, no command and control and no heavy artillery. Israel pretends that this indiscriminate slaughter is a war. But only the most self-deluded supporter of Israel is fooled. The rockets fired at Israel by Hamas—which is committing a war crime by launching those missiles against the Israeli population—are not remotely comparable to the 1,000-pound iron fragmentation bombs that have been dropped in large numbers on crowded Palestinian neighborhoods; the forced removal of some 300,000 Palestinians from their homes; the more than 160 reported dead—the U.N. estimates that 77 percent of those killedin Gaza have been civilians; the destruction of the basic infrastructure; the growing food and water shortages; and the massing of military forces for a possible major ground assault.
As I write, five days after Trudeau’s statement, Gaza is the scene of a genocidal military operation. Gaza recorded its bloodiest day Sunday as at least 100 Palestinians were killed in an attack the Arab League has branded a “war crime.” The Palestinian death toll now tops 430. At least 75 per cent of the dead are civilians.
On Israel’s side, Haaretz reports, “Thirteen Israeli soldiers were killed Sunday in battle in the Gaza Strip, bringing to 18 the number of Israeli fatalities over the course of the operation, not including two civilians who died in rocket attacks.”
What about the Canadian values of human rights, peace, justice and reconciliation, Justin?
Here’s Trudeau’s statement:
OTTAWA – The Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza:
“The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns Hamas’ rejection of the Egyptian ceasefire proposal and its rocket attacks on civilians.
“Israel should be commended for having accepted the ceasefire proposal, and demonstrating its commitment to peace. The Liberal Party of Canada, and many in the international community including the United States, the U.N. Security Council, and the Palestinian Authority, had urged a ceasefire that could have ended the tragic civilian loss of life in Gaza and the suffering of Israelis under terrorist attack.
“Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. Hamas is a terrorist organization and must cease its rocket attacks immediately.”