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PHONE ZAP: Call for a ceasefire in Gaza

Thank you to everyone who attended the phone zap and made calls for a ceasefire on February 6, 2024.

If you were unable to join us, you can still participate by making a call:

On Tuesday, February 6th, the Council of Canadians hosted a phone zap for our supporters and friends to make phone calls to PM Trudeau, Minister Joly, and other MPs that sit on the Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs.

On February 2, 2024, the Council of Canadians issued a second open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Joly urging them to publicly support the recent ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the ongoing bloodshed in the Gaza Strip. This letter also urged them to take proactive measures to comply with its orders by:

  • actively working for an immediate ceasefire, a negotiated release of all hostages, and an end to the longstanding blockade of Gaza by the Israeli government;
  • ensuring increased and uninterrupted humanitarian aid to the Gaza strip, including by reversing the pause in funding for UNRWA, and;
  • immediately suspending all arms exports to Israel.

While the full ICJ investigation is ongoing, the Court has found that there is a plausible case that Israel’s actions in Gaza constitute genocide, and the provisional measures it recommended on January 26, 2024, were clear: Israel and the international community must take immediate steps to prevent a genocide and any further loss of life.

The Council of Canadians has long called for “a deep reduction in arms sales, including an immediate prohibition on support for any military strategy or weapon that adversely affects civilian populations.” This call was made in a members’ resolution in 2016, and affirmed with a second resolution in 2022.

As such, we understand that this ruling has major implications for Canada and must be treated with utmost seriousness. As a signatory to the Genocide Convention, Canada is obliged to act in accordance with the court’s ruling and take steps to end the destruction of civilian life in Gaza.