Citizen Action Monitor

Israeli sniper intentionally shoots and wounds Palestinian-Canadian last Friday

Sign petition of protest to Foreign Minister Dion and Canada’s Ambassador to Israel.

No 1543 Posted by fw, December 17, 2015

“If a Jewish-Canadian citizen were shot by a foreign army abroad, would our political representatives be silent? Where’s the public outcry? …It’s high time our politicians signalled a new era in Canadian diplomacy by choosing to support a basic tenet of international law: protection of civilians from state violence. Israel is a state, too, and it should be censured when it fails to uphold this basic tenet of law.”Tyler Levitan, IJV

Below is a repost of an email received today from Tyler of Independent Jewish Voice Canada. Please read the email, sign the petition, and tell your family and friends about this action. A copy of the petition and petition background is pasted at the bottom of this post.

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Canadian Citizen Shot by Israeli Sniper – Where’s the Outcry? — Email received today, December 17, 2015 from Tyler Levitan, Campaign Coordinator, Independent Jewish Voices Canada

Dear Friend,

Rehab Nazzal

Rehab Nazzal

I was shocked to learn that my friend, Rehab Nazzal, a Palestinian-Canadian artist who is conducting research towards her PhD at Western University (London), in the occupied West Bank, was shot last Friday by an Israeli sniper.

Rehab was taking pictures of a “skunk” truck–a tanker that Israel uses for crowd control by spraying Palestinians with a putrid-smelling mist– when she was shot in the leg. As she describes it, “I was alone, with no clashes, no stone throwers, absolutely no one around me, and yet I was intentionally shot by a sniper. This was not an accident.”

Join me in calling on Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, and Canada’s Ambassador to Israel, Vivian Bercovici, to publicly rebuke Israel for shooting a Canadian citizen.

The sniper used a .22 calibre bullet, which the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem identifies as an illegal size for targeting unarmed civilians.

If a Jewish-Canadian citizen were shot by a foreign army abroad, would our political representatives be silent? Where’s the public outcry?

Tell the Honourable Stéphane Dion and Ambassador Bercovici that Israel must obey international law and refrain from targeting unarmed civilians, including paramedics, journalists and photojournalists.

Sadly, this incident is commonplace for Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, who are regularly subjected to this sort of violence.

And it’s no surprise, since Israel maintains an illegal occupation and expands its illegal settlements, while Palestinians are expected to do nothing as their homeland is gobbled up with impunity.

Why is Israel being singled out as being above reproach?

It’s high time our politicians signalled a new era in Canadian diplomacy by choosing to support a basic tenet of international law: protection of civilians from state violence. Israel is a state, too, and it should be censured when it fails to uphold this basic tenet of law.

Please take a moment to tell our political representatives to condemn Israel’s behaviour now!

We encourage you to share the petition with your contacts on social media and through email by copying and pasting this link: http://bit.ly/1TSI7gK

Tyler Levitan
Campaigns Coordinator
Independent Jewish Voices Canada

P.S. Check out this powerful statement on the issue by our friends at Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East: http://cjpme.nationbuilder.com/pr_2015_12_17

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Petition

Condemn Israel’s shooting of Rehab Nazzal, Canadian photographer-researcher

Petition by David Heap

To be delivered to Honourable Stéphane Dion, Canadian Foreign Minister and Ambassador Vivian Bercovici, Canadian Ambassador to Israel:

We call on the Canadian Foreign Minister and the Canadian Ambassador to Israel to publicly condemn Israel’s shooting of a Canadian citizen and to demand that Israel stop using violence and prohibited weapons against unarmed civilians.

In the spirit of your mandate from Prime Minister Trudeau, we expect Canada to voice its strong opposition to criminal or illegal acts by any state, particularly when those acts target innocent civilians, like Canadian Rehab Nazzal.

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PETITION BACKGROUND

Honourable Stéphane Dion and Ambassador Vivian Bercovici,

On December 11, Rehab Nazzal, a Canadian citizen and a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Ontario’s Visual Arts department, was shot in the leg while in Bethlehem. She is in the West Bank conducting research for her doctoral thesis and teaching at a local university. At the exact time of the shooting she was documenting a “skunk” weapon, a tank used by the Israeli military to spray a foul-smelling mist as a form of crowd control.

Nazzal states that she “was alone, with no clashes, no stone throwers, absolutely no one around me, and yet I was intentionally shot by a sniper. This was not an accident.” Examination at the hospital indicated that a bullet had entered and exited Nazzal’s leg. The bullet was identified as being .22 calibre which, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’tselem, is a type of ammunition that is prohibited for live fire against unarmed civilians.

In direct contravention of international law, the Israeli military consistently uses live ammunition against unarmed protesters and even non-protesters (such as Nazzal), the targeting of photojournalists, attacking of ambulances, executing youth in the streets and leaving the injured to bleed to death while preventing paramedics from reaching them, and Israeli soldiers disguised as Palestinians to infiltrate and even kill suspected protesters. These illegal practices cannot be allowed to continue without comment in the strongest possible terms.

The new Liberal government has indicated a new era for Canada’s foreign policy. The recent mandate letter from Prime Minister Trudeau to the Honourable Stéphane Dion stated that :

“As Minister of Foreign Affairs, your overarching goal will be to restore constructive Canadian leadership in the world and to advance Canada’s interests. This renewed leadership will serve our security and economic interests, but it will also support the deeply held Canadian desire to make a real and valuable contribution to a more peaceful and prosperous world.”

In the spirit of your mandate, we expect Canada to voice its strong opposition to criminal or illegal acts by any state, particularly when those acts target innocent civilians, like Canadian Rehab Nazzal.

We call on you, as the Canadian Foreign Minister and as the Canadian Ambassador to Israel, to publicly condemn Israel’s shooting of a Canadian citizen and to demand that Israel stop using prohibited weapons against unarmed civilians and cease violence targeting paramedics, journalists and photojournalists.

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