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e-4788 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Firas Nasser Eddine from Moncton, New Brunswick

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The International Court of Justice's (ICJ) recent interim ruling underscores the urgent need for sustained humanitarian aid in Palestine, notably in Gaza, amid actions that could amount to genocide;
  • Canada's withholding of funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) undermines its commitment to upholding human rights and supporting humanitarian efforts in conflict-affected regions; and
  • Withholding funding for the UNRWA amid acute civilian and children's needs in Palestine contradicts Canada's values of compassion, justice, and human rights, potentially worsening the suffering of vulnerable Palestinian refugees.
We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to sustain its critical funding for the UNRWA amidst the worsening humanitarian crisis in Palestine, particularly Gaza.
Israel's ongoing destruction of essential infrastructure deepens the plight of Palestinian refugees, hindering humanitarian efforts. The recent ICJ ruling, urging Israel to cease potentially genocidal actions, underscores the urgent need for sustained aid. Canada's decision to withhold UNRWA funding post-ICJ ruling is deeply troubling, contradicting its commitment to human rights.
As taxpayers, we demand our funds support humanitarian efforts, especially in Palestine. Withholding aid during this crisis undermines Canadian values of compassion and justice.
We implore the Canadian government to restore and increase funding for the UNRWA, demonstrating its dedication to humanitarian principles and supporting stability, peace, and justice in the region.
Open for signature
February 13, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 14, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT)
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