PIPSC reiterates call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Israel and Palestine

Following the recent unnecessary loss of life of Gazans trying to access life-saving food aid, PIPSC’s Human Rights and Diversity Committee is reiterating our call for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Israel and Palestine.

The International Court of Justice recently ordered Israel to prevent genocide. In light of this, PIPSC’s Human Rights and Diversity Committee urges Canada to take a firm stance against arms exports to Israel, to demand the immediate withdrawal of Israeli troops from Rafah City – which was meant to be a safe refuge for civilians – the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, and full respect of international humanitarian law.

The committee welcomes the announcement that Canada will restore funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), but urges Canada to do more.

The committee also wants to acknowledge Canada's recent support of the amended NDP motion on Palestinian statehood. This vote signifies a significant step toward advancing peace and justice in the Middle East.

As we mark this milestone, let us renew our commitment to supporting efforts for a just and sustainable peace, working collaboratively with international partners to forge a brighter future for all affected by this enduring conflict.

Finally, the Committee recognizes the distress that Jewish and Muslim members in particular could be facing in the midst of discussions around this topic. We also encourage affected members to contact their Employee and Family Assistance Program. We are continuing to assess the best ways to support the elimination of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in the workplace.