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NDP Motion on the Middle East, March 18, 2024

That, given that,


(i) the situation in the Middle East is devastating to many Canadians, particularly those with friends and family members in the region,


(ii) the death toll in Gaza has surpassed 30,000, with 70% of the victims women and children,


(iii) the Hamas terrorist attacks on October 7, 2023, killed nearly 1,200 people and over 100 hostages remain in Hamas captivity,


(iv) millions of residents of Gaza are displaced and at risk of starvation, death, and disease, and Gaza is currently the most dangerous place in the world to be a child,


(v) the United Nations reports over 70 per cent of civilian infrastructure in Gaza, including homes, hospitals, schools, water and sanitation facilities, have been destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli military attacks,


(vi) on January 26, 2024, the International Court of Justice ordered six provisional measures, including for Israel to refrain from acts under the Genocide convention, prevent and punish the direct and public incitement to genocide, and take immediate and effective measures to ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza,


(vii) Israelis are still at risk of attacks by Iran-backed terrorist groups including Hamas and Hezbollah,


(viii) the forcible transfer and violent attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank have significantly increased in recent months,


(ix) the casualties of the war on Gaza and the Hamas terrorist attack include Canadian citizens, 


(x) Canadian citizens remain trapped in Gaza, blocked from leaving,


(xi) Jewish, Muslim, Arab, and Palestinian Canadians have reported an increase in hate-motivated attacks and racism since October, 


(xii) Palestinians and Israelis both deserve to live in peace, with full enjoyment of their human rights and democratic freedoms, the House call on the government to:


(a) demand an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages;


(b) suspend all trade in military goods and technology with Israel and increase efforts to stop the illegal trade of arms, including to Hamas; 


(c) immediately reinstate funding and ensure long-term continued funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), and support the independent investigation;


(d) support the prosecution of all crimes and violations of international law committed in the region, and support the work of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court;


(e) demand unimpeded humanitarian access to Gaza;


(f) ensure Canadians trapped in Gaza can reach safety in Canada and lift the arbitrary cap of 1,000 temporary resident visa applications;


(g) ban extremist settlers from Canada, impose sanctions on Israeli officials who incite genocide, and maintain sanctions on Hamas leaders;


(h) advocate for an end to the decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories and work toward a two-state solution; and


(i) officially recognize the State of Palestine and maintain Canada’s recognition of Israel’s right to exist and to live in peace with its neighbours.

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