Call for an end to violence in Palestine and Israel (Canada)

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MCC laments the unfolding tragedy in Palestine and Israel and mourns the lives that have been lost already. We oppose the use of violence as a response to injustice or as retaliation for violence, including acts by Hamas and the Israeli military. We urge world leaders to encourage immediate de-escalation, including calling for a ceasefire and holding all parties to the same standard of international law regarding the protection of civilians and respect for human rights. Join us in prayer for all of those who have been affected by the violence.

On October 7, the latest escalation of violence in the region included rocket and ground attacks from Hamas into Israel and the capturing of people, actions which are unconscionable and illegal under international law. The Israeli government then responded by bombing population centers in Gaza; shutting off power, water and fuel; and bombing border crossings into and out of Gaza. Sieges and collective punishment such as this are also unconscionable and illegal under international law.

We are seeing again that violence begets more violence. Both Palestinians and Israelis suffer. Many are living with a sense of fear and foreboding. Palestinians, both Muslim and Christian, have faced decades of oppression through military occupation, and Jews have been harmed by systems of hatred and racism carrying through the generations driving them to live in fear of the threat of violence. Only by addressing the underlying issues can Palestinians and Israelis have a chance to live in peace and abundance on the land.

We urge the Canadian government to call for an end to the current violence, press for increased humanitarian aid and work to address the underlying causes of violence, rather than support militarized responses.

Additional resources: FAQ: MCC and Palestine and Israel A Cry for Home | A Prayer for Palestine and Israel

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Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister of Canada


Hon. Mélanie Joly

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Hon. Ahmed Hussen

Minister of International Development

Hon. Pierre Poilievre

Leader of the Official Opposition, Conservative Party of Canada

Yves Francois Blanchet

Chef du Bloc Québécois

Jagmeet Singh

Leader of the New Democratic Party

Green Party Leader

Leader of the Green Party of Canada

Rob Oliphant

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Anita Vandenbeld

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development

Hon. Michael Chong

Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Conservative Party of Canada

Garnett Genuis

Shadow Minister for International Development, Conservative Party of Canada

Stéphane Bergeron

Porte-parole en matière d’affaires étrangères, Bloc Québécois

Alexis Brunell Duceppe

Porte-parole pour la Coopération internationale, Bloc Québécois

Heather McPherson

Critic for Foreign Affairs and International Development, New Democratic Party


MCC Canada