Canada calls for de-escalation of tensions in Jerusalem

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Canada has expressed its concern over the recent escalation of tensions in Jerusalem, urging all sides to avoid any unilateral actions.

“Canada is following the situation in Jerusalem closely. We call for immediate de-escalation of tensions and for all sides to avoid any unilateral actions,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement.

“Canada is committed to the goal of a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East, including the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel.

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“As a close friend and ally of Israel, Canada is deeply concerned that recent decisions on settlements, and demolitions and evictions, including in Sheikh Jarrah, would negatively impact livelihoods and undermine the prospects for a two-state solution based on mutual respect for human rights and international law by all parties.

“Canada calls for a renewed commitment to peace and security and, as always, stands ready to support efforts for a two-state solution,” he added.

Palestinians wave flags and celebrate outside Damascus Gate on April 25, 2021, after barriers put up by Israeli police were removed, allowing them to access the main square that has been the focus of a week of clashes around Jerusalem’s Old City [Reuters/Ammar Awad]

The Leader of the NDP @theJagmeetSingh  is deeply troubled by the threatened evictions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah of East Jerusalem. “Illegal occupation, demolitions, and forced evictions must end. PM Trudeau must take a stand and uphold International law.”

MP Sven Spengemann shares @UN Secretary-General @antonioguterres
‘s deep concern over the continuing violence in occupied East Jerusalem. He urges Israel to cease demolitions & evictions, in line with its obligations under int’l humanitarian & human rights law.

 

MP Yasmin Ratansi met with @CanPalCoalition and heard the concerns of the Palestinian diaspora. “I was very perturbed to see live footage of innocent Palestinians being shot while they prayed at the Al Aqsa Mosque during the Holy Month of Ramadan.”

Marwan Tabbara statement on the evictions in East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah

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