Alternatives : Canada should ask Israel to pay for damages caused by its army

mardi 4 novembre 2008

Montreal - February 28 — Alternatives condems the Israeli airstrike in Gaza that destroyed the Palestinian Medical Relief Society’s (PMRS) head office.

An infant living in a nearby building was killed in this attack.

The PMRS head office housed its main Gaza Strip clinic, the main pharmacy, an ambulance, a loan centre for handicapped people as well as all its administrative offices. The ambulance, all the medicine and most of the equipment has been destroyed. Without extensive repairs, the building itself is non functional and at the present time repairs are not possible due to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

Alternatives’ Executive Director Michel Lambert points out that the PMRS has received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Canadian government through the Canadian International Development agency (CIDA). “Those essential investments for the wellbeing of the Palestinian population are now up in smoke”, said Michel Lambert. “Canada should ask Israel to pay for the damages caused to the civilian buildings that were destroyed in violation of International Law”.

The Executive Director of Alternatives is urging the Canadian government to “significantly increase its humanitarian aid in Palestine. Especially in Gaza where people suffer terribly from the Israeli blockade, aid should be used to support Canadian and Palestinian civil society organizations working on the ground”.

Alternatives believes that the Canadian government should push Israel to show some humanity by ending its blockade of Gaza. Gaza has been cut off from the rest of the world since January, effectively becoming the world’s largest open-air prison.

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