Canada will ultimately support an “accountability regime” to investigate Israel’s military actions during its war with Hamas, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said Monday.
Jolie also called for an end to the violence in Gaza, but stopped short of calling for a ceasefire. He said Canada is still considering different versions of the cease-fire resolution, which is expected to be voted on by the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
Following the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by Hamas, the Government of Canada has consistently stated that it supports Israel’s right to defend itself in accordance with international law.
on monday, power and politics Host David Cochrane asks how Canada views Israel’s military campaign against Hamas, given aid groups say Israel is violating international law and the death toll is rising in the Gaza Strip. I asked Jolie if she was there.
“I think after World War II, at the heart of our foreign policy was Israel’s right to exist, which was fundamental as well as the protection of civilians. And now, between those two priorities, There is definitely some tension,” Jolie said.
“Ultimately, of course, we will support any form of accountability system…at the international level to consider this issue.”
“I think it’s important how Israel is acting in Gaza. Why? Because we need to make sure that Palestinian civilians are better protected. At the moment, there are 10,000 Palestinian civilians and military personnel. There are 8,000 people.” [combatants] Seventy percent of those killed were women and children. So what’s happening now is very worrying,” Jolie added.
CBC News has contacted the Israeli mission to Canada regarding Jolie’s comments. The embassy declined to comment.
Gaza health authorities, controlled by the Canadian terrorist group Hamas, reported on Monday that more than 18,200 Gazans have been killed since October 7. Authorities have not broken out the number of deaths among civilian and military combatants.
In November, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said that both Israel and Hamas committed a war crime. He pointed to the atrocities committed by Hamas on October 7 and what he called “collective punishment” imposed by Israel on Palestinian civilians.
Israel denies breaking international law and says its military did not intentionally target civilians. Israel says it is Hamas that operates using civilian infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, putting civilians at risk.
Will Canada vote for a ceasefire at the United Nations?
The United Nations General Assembly could vote on Tuesday on a non-binding resolution calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
This follows the US decision on Friday. veto a resolution The United Nations Security Council called for an “immediate humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza.
“We’re still considering different versions of the resolution. We’re negotiating. Various amendments are being discussed,” Joly said when asked how Canada would vote. .Therefore, we will have more to say tomorrow on this very issue.” That determination.
“We need to make sure that the violence has to stop. The cycle of violence does not help Israel’s long-term security, and we need to make sure that Israel’s actions themselves are in line with international law. There is.”
In October, Canada voted on a UN General Assembly resolution calling for an “immediate, permanent and sustained humanitarian ceasefire” after failing to seek an amendment to the resolution to explicitly condemn the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas. abstained.