No 1283 Posted by fw, March 17, 2015
This is an update to my February 20, 2015 post, BREAKING — Hana Gan, 36, Canadian mom, single parent, pregnant, denied exit at Israeli airport, now in hiding. The following day I emailed Rob Nicholson, Canada’s Minster of Foreign Affairs, and Brian Masse, NDP MP for Windsor West, to alert them of Hana Gan’s plight, asking them if they could “do something to ensure Hana gets the help she is so desperately seeking.” So far, not so much as a courtesy acknowledgement of my email, much less an assurance of follow-up inquiry or mediation to assist a Canadian citizen being held captive in Israel. One is left to speculate on their silence — It’s an election year. Could it be that politicians, being risk aversive creatures, do not want to chance doing anything that could tarnish Israel’s reputation among Canadian voters?
I also contacted rabble.ca, an alternative online news source. Although I did receive a polite reply to say that my message had been forwarded to the appropriate department, as of this morning, rabble has not published the Hana Gan story.
Special thanks, therefore, to Marianne Azizi and Redress Information & Analysis for following the Hana Gan story. To read Marianne’s original report, click on the following linked title. Alternatively, below is a slightly modified cross-posting.
But first, here is a 7-minute video — Police swoop on pregnant Canadian national trapped in Israel and take her children!
Marianne Azizi writes:
After three weeks of waiting for a decision on whether she will ever see her sons again, Hana Gan, 36, is becoming desperate for her freedom and for her right to have her baby in Canada.
Most Israeli people are fully aware of the interference of the state in their personal affairs. They struggle to make a living and find affordable housing, and most are at a loss as to who to vote for in the election due on 17 March.
The agony of a pregnant adult mother who has been forcibly separated from her own children due to a difference in opinion between her and her own parents seems to have been lost in criticism that this story is politically motivated and aims at tarnishing Israel’s reputation.
Human rights workers, journalists and charitable Israelis are providing help and support for Hana, fully aware that this is happening on an almost daily basis to thousands of parents. Israelis and Palestinians alike have shown support for her.
Hana tried to take her children home to Canada in February on Canadian passports, and has been told the reason her children were taken from her is because she tried to leave Israel. She is not permitted to be with her sons because “someone” made a complaint and the state intervened with no evidence other than an unproven comment.
This is a common occurrence, with sparring families being able to make claims against one another and it causes so much distress. Where is the mediation or enquiry?
What part of this is difficult to understand? If people in the West want to support Israel, then it is incumbent upon those supporters to know the amount of social injustice and poverty that exists there. If this is viewed as a platform and opportunity to bash Israel, then it is the wrong attitude. A living, breathing Canadian mother decided after 24 days of moving to Israel that she had made a mistake. Now she is paying dearly for deciding to leave and upsetting her own parents. This is not a reason for such an infringement of freedom of movement and, worse still, to remove her from her own children.
This [26-minute] audio recording shows Hana clearly not being able to understand such a violation of her rights, with little explanation given to her other than it was on the grounds of the word of another.
To politically argue for or against the state of Israel is one thing, but to ignore the plight of a pregnant woman, desperate to return to the only real home she has known is quite another. Hana, like thousands of parents every year, has had her life and her children stolen by the Israeli welfare state.
If an Israeli human rights activist can cry out for help from inside, we owe it to them to expose the reality of such social injustice.
Hana Gan should not have to settle in Israel and find a job to prove she is fit enough to have her children back and leave the country. It seems that the more she declares her intention to leave, the less likely the Israeli authorities will restore her right.
Is this democracy? Who will protect the children of Israel from such a democracy?
For more information on Hana Gan, visit the Trapped in Israel Facebook Page.
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