An elderly Palestinian man is helped after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest on the border between Gaza and Israel on May 14, 2018. (Khalil Hamra/AP Photo)

Trudeau condemns Israel’s ‘excessive force’ against Palestinian civilians

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Canada’s prime minister is calling for an independent investigation of the violence in Gaza after Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 60 Palestinians, and over 2,700 were injured. Thousands of Palestinians had gathered at the border between Israel and Gaza to protest the inauguration of the U.S. embassy just relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem claimed their capital  by both Israelis and Palestinians

Both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capitals, with Palestinians hoping to make East Jerusalem the capital of an eventual Palestinian state. On the day of the inauguration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proclaimed Jerusalem the de facto and united capital of Israel. After violence broke out on May 14, 2018, Canada’s foreign affairs minister quickly tweeted: “Deeply concerned” by the violence in the Gaza Strip. 

In a carefully worded statement on May 16, Justin Trudeau said: “Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable. It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza. Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation to thoroughly examine the facts on the ground — including any incitement, violence, and the excessive use of force,” Trudeau said.

Dr. Tarek Loubani, in blue scrubs, was one of several medical volunteers who were shot while attending injured protesters. One died. (Tarek Loubani/Twitter)

Trudeau ‘appalled’ a Canadian doctor was wounded

Trudeau also demanded Israel’s leaders explain how a Canadian doctor was shot.

“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people. We are appalled that Dr. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded — along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children,” he said.

“We are doing everything we can to assist Dr. Loubani and his family, and to determine how a Canadian citizen came to be injured. We are engaging with Israeli officials to get to the bottom of these events.”

Trudeau renewed calls for negotiations on two-state solution.

Several countries call for investigation

Loubani was one of 19 medical personnel who were shot as they assisted the wounded. One medic died. Israel had deployed two brigades and more than 100 snipers. Israeli spokesmen said the action was necessary to defend its border from terrorists.

The governments of Germany, Belgium and Ireland as well as several UN Security Council members are also calling for an investigation into the carnage. The council will not act though because the U.S. refused saying Israel acted “with restraint.”

Trudeau’s action criticized

Several pro-Israeli groups and supporters have condemned Trudeau’s action, saying it is one-sided and ignores the provocation of Hamas.

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2 comments on “Trudeau condemns Israel’s ‘excessive force’ against Palestinian civilians
  1. ursula wagner says:

    As long as the US helds his hand over Israel there will be no change.

    I will never understand that people who suffered so much in their history, of course mainly under Hitler, can treat the Palestinian like this.

  2. James Monroe says:

    Netanyahu has been encouraged by Trump to kill Palestinians in big numbers. Both do not understand diplomacy. They understand only the language of force without violence. Egypt did not send medications to Gaza for more than 2,700 wounded Palestinians. Egypt did not open border with Gaza to allow big number of wounded Palestinians to be hospitalized in Egypt. If I was the president of Egypt, I would allow wounded Palestinians to be hospitalized in Egypt.

    Canada, Germany, Belgium and Ireland have called for an immediate independent investigation. I have another opinion for Germany. Civilized world call on Angela Merkel to enable me to file a lawsuit versus European governments before the European Court to get the Holocaust denial law repealed for being unconstitutional in all European countries. The US Supreme Court has ruled that Holocaust denial did not violate US Constitution. As each American citizen has right either to deny or to acknowledge the Holocaust, each European citizen must have the same right.

    Trump and Netanyahu want Israel to be the only country which possesses nuclear warheads in the Middle East. Merkel needs moreover to enable me to file another lawsuit versus Israeli government before the European Court to oblige Israel to allow IAEA inspections to all Israel’s nuclear facilities as all ME nations do. Europe will then assure its independency as a global power as the U.S. and Russia.

    My suggestions will prevent an inevitable war in the Middle East from breaking out. Israel will be obliged to comply with UN resolutions for the first time since Nov 1947. Middle East conflict will come to an end. I will be granted Noble Peace Prize.

    James Monroe.