Gaza has had its bloodiest day in years on Monday after Israeli forces shot and killed 58 Palestinians and wounded at least 1,200 as tens of thousands protested along the frontier against the opening of the US embassy in the Holy city of Jerusalem which per International law is under occupation.
The Muslim Council of Calgary is deeply saddened at the tremendous loss of life along the border of Gaza and concerned about renewed tensions and the dehumanizing attitude of state of Israel. The ability to peacefully advocate for change must be safeguarded as a human right as an essential element of democracy especially when these lands and Palestinian people are under occupation. Monday’s deaths of nearly 60 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were engaged in nonviolent protests, is an alarming threat to that right and blatant violation of International law.
The idea that the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, being a peace effort could not have been further from reality. We urge the Canadian government and the United Nations to condemn and take serious actions against this senseless move by the US government, to prevent further loss of innocent human life and defend the rights of Palestinian people under occupation turning into apartheid.