Letter: To PM Re: Israel's Legal Rights

The following letter signed by over 275 Canadians from across the country was sent to all MPs and select media on June 29, 2020. If you wish to be added, send an email to Andria Spindel, with your name, profession or trade, and city of residence: andria@caef.ca

June 29, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Government of Canada

Re: Israel's Legal Rights

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Members of Cabinet,

We write to you today to ask that you acknowledge Israel’s independence and legal rights to act as a sovereign nation in resolving its own conflicts with its neighbors, settling land issues within its borders, and establishing and providing civil and human rights to those who live within its borders.

Today, many countries are attempting to dictate to Israel as to how and when it should resolve the 100 year old conflict perpetuated by its Arab neighbors and residents. While the reconstituted Jewish state is only 72 years old, the Jewish people have been working to re-establish their historical home in Israel for almost 2000 years. Their legal rights were acknowledged by the world community in April 1920 at the San Remo Conference of the victorious Allied Powers, when the last colonizers, the Ottoman Turks were finally removed from the area. The San Remo Resolution was then adopted by all members of the League of Nations and was a foundational principle in the founding of the United Nations. Arab resistance and intransigence commenced even before the state was proclaimed.

The original land granted under the Mandate system was significantly larger than all of Israel today and included Judea and Samaria, (generally referred to by the media as the West Bank) as well as the land that became the Kingdom of Jordan. Over many decades, Israel has offered land to settle the hostilities to which its neighbors are devoted. Every offer made since the 1948 Declaration of Independence has been rejected by the Arab states, making it rather obvious to any astute observer that the only acceptable outcome for the Arab world is that Israel should cease to exist.

Today, there are Arab nations willingly working with Israel and two long-term peace agreements, yet many countries in the world continue to betray Israel and expect and even demand that this very tiny country give up more. Suffice it to say, this is not a matter for other countries to dictate.

We call upon the government of Canada to support Israel’s proposal to extend sovereignty in an area already legally its own, granted by the San Remo Resolution and the UN resolution which still has merit under international law as it was never abrogated. Israel’s land rights stand firm today.

Israel’s sovereignty is the only guarantee that can protect its citizens and non-citizen residents, and anything less risks more lives from belligerent antisemitic enemies who have never given up their one goal—the demise of Israel.

Israel is not the problem! The initiative to find a peaceful solution has always come from Israel and not the Palestinian Arab Authority (PA) and its terrorist partners, the PLO, Fatah and Hamas. Today it is common knowledge that the PA is paying terrorists to kill Jews, teaching Jew-hatred in its schools, denying Israel’s existence, denying the Holocaust that killed 6,000,000 Jews, and fabricating stories daily about Israel, while Israel provides the Arabs with medical and technical assistance, security, funding for services, and access to jobs. More than that—the Israeli Arabs enjoy all the benefits of a democratic society, which is denied to the Arabs who live under PA or Hamas rule.

Do not make the mistake of preferring the false PA narrative and discounting Israel’s rights, its historic and legal claims and its democracy. Do not choose a terrorist regime over an ally. Recognize that the PA does not grant equal rights to women, bans or punishes LGBTQ people, jails political dissidents, does not allow freedom of religion or freedom of expression, raises children to venerate suicide bombers deny historical facts and commit other atrocities. Do not succumb to the antisemitic campaigns now being waged against Israel within Canada and globally. Canada should at minimum be consistent in expressing its values.

We call on the Government of Canada to recognize Israel’s legal rights and support its democratically elected government, (a coalition government representing over 75% of the population), and NOT oppose its decisions in regards to Judea and Samaria, decisions that affect the fate of Israel.

This letter is supported by Canadians across the country, whose signatures you will find below.


Andria Spindel, Executive Director &

Anita Bromberg, President


Rabbi Erwin Schild, CM, Rabbi Emeritus, Adath Israel Congregation, Toronto

Irving Weisdorf, Business owner, Founder the Mozuud Freedom Foundation, Richmond Hill

Shirley Anne Haber, Teacher (ret), Founder of CAEF, Toronto

Sean Egan, PhD., Research scientist, Toronto

Carrie Katz, community leader, Toronto

Lloyd Duckman, retired accountant, Toronto

Joan Shapero, community leader, Toronto

Goldi Steiner, Co-chair, Canadians for Israel’s Legal Rights, Toronto

Judith Weinroth, MD (retired), Toronto

Rabbi Moshe Meirovich, Rabbi, Toronto

Harvey Haber, retired businessman, Toronto

Dr. Stuart Kamenetsky, psychology professor, Toronto

Dr. Jack Muskat, psychologist, Toronto

Dr. Ruth Muskat, psychologist Toronto

Michael Baigel, business owner and community leader, Toronto

Dr. Howard Tenenbaum, Dental faculty, Toronto

Janet Corey-Skobac, Teacher & artist, Toronto

Sydell Waxman, Author, Toronto

Mendl Malkin, MD (ret), Toronto