By Judy Haiven. She is a member of Independent Jewish Voices-Canada (Halifax chapter) and Solidarity Halifax, and she teaches at Saint Mary’s University. Originally published at the Halifax Media Coop.
With nearly 1800 civilians including 400 children killed by Israel, Haligonians picket every day for an end to the violence
But does anyone ‘deserve’ to have their limbs cut off by Israel’s DIME (dense inert metal explosives) weapons? According to Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert who has volunteered at Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City in the last month, DIME weapons cause “horrendous injuries where arms and legs were cut off as though a huge axe had chopped off their limbs…” The use of these weapons are illegal under international humanitarian law. What about the nearly 398 children who have been killed, and the thousand that are horribly maimed – do they ‘deserve’ what Israel is doing? Or the elderly, the disabled, and other civilians – do 1766 ‘deserve’ this torture?
What you can do:
Email PM Stephen Harper firstname.lastname@example.org who stated on 30 July: “we hold the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for this. They have initiated and continue this conflict and continue to seek the destruction of the state of Israel.”
Email Thomas Mulcair, leader of the NDP, the official opposition, email@example.com here is what he said: “Hamas is a recognized terrorist organization and Israel has the right to defend its citizens from these attacks, while doing its utmost to protect civilians.”
So now every woman, older person, teenager, child is the victim of Israeli terrorism. It’s astounding how similar the Tory and NDP position are.
Finally, email your MP, from whichever party.
Demand that Canada tell Israel to stop the bombing.
We’ll be in front of the Public Gardens every day till the bombing stops. Join us.