“That, given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which promotes the demonization and delegitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad.”
[B]etween 1,385 and 1,419 Palestinians were killed during Cast Lead, a majority of them civilians, including at least 308 minors under the age of 18. More than 5000 more were wounded. Thirteen Israelis were also killed, including 3 civilians.
At least 2,100 Palestinians were killed, of whom the United Nations identified more than 1,500 as civilians, and approximately 11,000 people, mostly civilians, were injured. The tens of thousands of Israeli attacks caused the vast majority of destruction during the fighting, which left uninhabitable 22,000 homes, displacing 108,000 people, and left hundreds of thousands without adequate water or electricity.
This includes “widespread harassment and detention of opposition party campaign workers, the physical assault of senior opposition figures, arbitrary use of state powers to support the incumbent president, pressure on state workers and students to support the President, restrictions on the ability of opposition campaigns to communicate with the electorate, and control of the state media to severely restrict access by opposition candidates.”
Burma: “[G]ravity of the human rights and humanitarian situation…, which threatened peace and security in the entire region.”Libya: “[V]iolence and the use of force against civilians.”
“Israeli security forces continued to arrest children suspected of criminal offenses, usually stone-throwing, in their homes at night, at gunpoint; question them without a family member or lawyer present; and coerce them to sign confessions in Hebrew, which they do not understand… As of October 31, Israel held 457 Palestinian administrative detainees without charge or trial, based on secret evidence. Israeli prison authorities shackled hospitalized Palestinians to their hospital beds after they went on long-term hunger strikes to protest their administrative detention.”
– “political crisis and conflict” (Yemen, Somalia);– “violations of ceasefire and hostilities” (Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of the Congo);– “misappropriated state funds” (Egypt, Tunisia);– “heavy loss of human life and widespread material damage resulting from a conflict” (Eritrea, Somalia);– “nuclear program” (Sanctions on Iran, which has a nonexistent nuclear program, but none on Israel, which is known to possess between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads.)– “invasion” (Sanctions on Iraq for the invasion of Kuwait… but no sanctions for the U.S. which has illegally invaded Iraq, among other countries, and of course, no sanctions on Israel for decades of occupation);– “continued escalation of hostilities” (Lebanon)– “support for the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone” (Liberia)– “violation of the constitution and international law” (Ukraine).– “conducting a test of a nuclear weapon” (North Korea)– “acts of violence and the increase in acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea against vessels” (Somalia)– “engaging in violent conflict, much of it along ethnic lines” (South Sudan)