Department of Foreign Affairs Canada issued a statement on Monday evening expressing concerns about "extremist settler violence" in the occupied West Bank, urging the Israeli government to take action.
Foreign Affairs Canada issued a resolute condemnation Monday, denouncing the escalating instances of extremist settler violence targeting Palestinian communities in the West Bank. Expressing deep concern, the statement highlighted reports of forceful displacement of Palestinian populations from their ancestral lands.
"Canada strongly condemns the extremist settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and is also gravely concerned by reports of Palestinian communities being forcibly removed from their lands in the West Bank," the statement read.
Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly shared her concerns on X, former Twitter
🇨🇦 strongly condemns the extremist settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank and is gravely concerned by reports of Palestinian communities being forcibly removed from their lands.— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) November 21, 2023
This violence negatively impacts efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution.
The Canadian government, in unison with its allies, urged the Israeli government to swiftly intervene and halt the surge of extremist violence, ensuring the protection of Palestinian civilians. Emphasizing accountability, the statement called for legal actions against those responsible for the violent acts.
"Such violence negatively impacts efforts to achieve a negotiated two-state solution," the statement emphasized, underlining the hindrance posed by these incidents to the prospect of finding a peaceful resolution.
Expressing deep concern, the statement highlighted reports of forceful displacement of Palestinian populations from their ancestral lands.
“As has been the position of successive Canadian governments, Canada does not recognize permanent Israeli control over territories occupied in 1967 and strongly opposes illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank. The settlements constitute a serious obstacle to achieving a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace in the Middle East."
Palestinian girl in Um Fagarah village in Hebron, in Gaza, Palestine, Nov. 16, 2023. (Courtesy by Anadolu Agency/ Wolfgang Schwan)
Hamas' military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, announced that they launched a comprehensive attack against Israel called "Al-Aqsa Flood" on the morning of Oct. 7.
While thousands of rockets were fired from Gaza towards Israel, armed groups entered the settlements in the region. The Israeli army also launched an attack on the Gaza Strip with dozens of warplanes. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that Israel killed 13,000 people, including 5,000 children, and 3,500 women. It injured at least 32,000 people in its attacks on Gaza.
The administration said the number of missing persons crossed 6,000, with most of them suspected of lying under the rubble of the fallen buildings.
It was reported that 1,400 Israelis, including 324 soldiers, were killed and 5,132 Israelis were wounded in the attacks from Gaza.
The Israeli army hit Damascus and Aleppo airports. As the Middle East is once again turning into a bloodbath, a deadline has been set for nearly 2.5 million Palestinians to leave the blockaded Gaza.
In Israel’s attacks on Gaza, 52 journalists were killed.
In the clashes between the Israeli army and Hezbollah on the Israel-Lebanon border since Oct. 8, 55 Hezbollah members and 4 civilians, one of whom was a journalist, were killed. Three Israeli soldiers and one Israeli civilian were killed in the attacks organized by Lebanon.
Most recently, Israel attacked the Jabalia Refugee Camp in Gaza, killing civilians.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he was breaking off all contact with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because of Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip.