In an open letter, United Church Moderator Jordan Cantwell urges the Canadian government to publicly denounce Israel’s recent move to “regularize” illegal settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. read more..
In a polite but forceful letter to Canada’s Minister of Global Affairs, the moderator of the United Church of Canada has publicly called on the Canadian government to speak out about Israel’s recent move to “regularize” settlements which the UN has already declared illegal.
“I am writing today specifically regarding the Israeli Knesset approval yesterday of legislation that retroactively legalizes illegal Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land. The United Church of Canada believes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land is a major contributor to the violence in the region,” wrote the moderator of Canada’s largest protestant denomination.
The letter goes on to say that based on information from the UCC’s partner organization B’tselem, (the Israeli information centre for human rights in the occupied territories), “Lending a semblance of legality to this ongoing act of plunder is a disgrace for the state and its legislature. Passing the bill mere weeks after UN Security Council Resolution 2334 is a slap in the face of the international community. While enshrining the dispossession in law is a new development, in practice it is another facet of the massive land grab carried out openly for decades by declaring “state land”.
We urge the Canadian government to demonstrate this by publicly denouncing the Knesset action as the flagrant violation of international law that it is.
– Jordan Cantwell, Moderator, United Church of Canada
When the bill is brought before Israel’s Supreme Court for review, there is little doubt that the Court will be influenced by the international response the bill has provoked. Several Canadian NGO’s including UNJPPI and CJPME have also sent letters of concern to the minister asking Canada to join other countries in denouncing the bill as a flagrant violation of UN Security Council resolution 2334. A petition allowing individuals to make their opinions known is also in circulation. CLICK HERE
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