Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (right) spoke with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss the recent deadly violence on the Gaza-Israeli border. (Reuters)

Trudeau and Netanyahu discuss Gaza violence, shooting of Canadian doctor

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke on the phone with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday to discuss the situation in Gaza and the shooting of a Canadian doctor by Israeli snipers on May 14, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office.

The call was initiated by Netanyahu following Trudeau’s statement on Wednesday in which he said that “Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence” at the Israeli-Gaza border, which resulted in the death of 60 Palestinian protesters and injured more than 2,700 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,” Trudeau said in the statement, calling for an “immediate independent investigation.”

The Globe and Mail reported on Friday that Netanyahu rebuffed Trudeau’s call for an international investigation into Israel’s use of deadly force against protesters but pledged to get to the bottom of Loubani’s shooting.

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

Loubani, who works at the London Health Sciences Centre, said he was shot in the legs as he was standing with a group of paramedics about 25 metres away from the protest area, wearing “hospital green top and bottom so I could both be identified as medical staff and a physician.”

“Prime Minister Trudeau reaffirmed Canada’s call for a neutral process to ascertain how the actions of all the parties concerned had contributed to the events of May 14, including reported incitement by Hamas,” said the readout of the call posted by Trudeau’s office.

“Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed on the importance of addressing the economic crisis in Gaza.”

Trudeau’s unusual criticism of Israel for its “inexcusable” use of “excessive force” and “live ammunition” angered many in Canada’s Jewish community.

“We are deeply disappointed the government’s statement ignores Hamas’ direct responsibility for recent violence on the Israel-Gaza border,” said in a statement Shimon Koffler Fogel, CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA).

“This contradicts the government’s long-stated position that, as a close ally and fellow liberal democracy, Israel can count on Canada’s support when its security is threatened. It also disregards Hamas’ claim today that 50 of 62 fatalities in the latest attempts to breach the border were Hamas members.”

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4 comments on “Trudeau and Netanyahu discuss Gaza violence, shooting of Canadian doctor
  1. Gab Riel says:

    I am quite concerned that any country has such blatant disregard for human life, as to just shoot unarmed protesters and medical persons in uniform, without the threat of repercussion by the international community. I must insist that these crimes never happen in the future and advocate for international law to enact legislation making it a criminal offence for any country to fire upon and injure or kill unarmed protesters.

    This being said, I strongly recommend that the UN Security Council be disbanded to better balance the recommendations of the United Nations partners in peace, leaving no single country able to hold the world hostage on contentious issues of great importance to world security.

    Gab Riel

    • Rowan says:

      “This contradicts the government’s long-stated position that, as a close ally and fellow liberal democracy, Israel can count on Canada’s support when its security is threatened. It also disregards Hamas’ claim today that 50 of 62 fatalities in the latest attempts to breach the border were Hamas members.”

      well that’s what happens when you start gunning down innocent allied doctors and their staff your trust rating goes down the shitter

      GAB, its already a warcrime to shoot unarmed medics, un peacekeepers, or civilians

      this guys was an unarmed civilian medic, acting in a peace-keeping/humanitarian role
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_crime

      • Rowan says:

        War crimes are defined in the statute that established the International Criminal Court, which includes:

        Grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, such as:
        Willful killing, or causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health
        Torture or inhumane treatment
        Unlawful wanton destruction or appropriation of property
        Forcing a prisoner of war to serve in the forces of a hostile power
        Depriving a prisoner of war of a fair trial
        Unlawful deportation, confinement or transfer
        Taking hostages
        The following acts as part of an international conflict:

        Civilians killed in the shelling of east Ukraine’s Luhansk. According to the HRW report, “The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes.”[10]

        Directing attacks against civilians <——
        Directing attacks against humanitarian workers or UN peacekeepers <—–
        Killing a surrendered combatant
        Misusing a flag of truce
        Settlement of occupied territory <——
        Deportation of inhabitants of occupied territory
        Using poison weapons
        Using civilians as shields
        Using child soldiers
        Firing upon a Combat Medic with clear insignia. <——-

        The following acts as part of a non-international conflict:

        Murder, cruel or degrading treatment and torture
        Directing attacks against civilians, humanitarian workers or UN peacekeepers <———
        Taking hostages
        Summary execution
        Pillage
        Rape, sexual slavery, forced prostitution or forced pregnancy

        • Isaac says:

          There is a consistent violation by Hamas – Using their own civilians as human shields. That 50 out of 60 dead were Hamas members, according to their spokesman, shows that the shooting was not wanton and random, but directed at the armed individuals. Islamic Jihad also claimed 3 of their own. Not to acknowledge this is a cynical ploy.