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Rights Group Targets Trudeau, Ministers for Gaza War Crimes

The organisation accuses these officials of complicity in war crimes, specifically in relation to Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip….reports Asian Lite News

The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians intends to file petitions with the International Criminal Court, seeking war crimes indictments against four prominent Canadian officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The organisation accuses these officials of complicity in war crimes, specifically in relation to Israel’s actions in the Gaza Strip. The legal focus is on the role of Canadian politicians in aiding and abetting Israel’s alleged perpetration of war crimes.

The ICJP calls on the Canadian government to cease its complicity by advocating for a ceasefire, cancelling arms export permits to Israel, prosecuting those recruiting Canadian volunteers for Israel’s military, and preventing Canadian charities from using donations to benefit Israel’s armed forces.

The named officials include Trudeau, Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly, Minister of National Revenue Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Minister of Justice and Attorney General Arif Virani. The accusations are linked to Canada’s continued support for Israel amid international concerns about the civilian death toll and alleged war crimes in Gaza.

Trudeau initially suggested that pro-Palestinian protesters in Canada were “celebrating” the Hamas violence, and declared that Israel had a right to defend itself, while failing to acknowledge years of Israeli aggression against Palestinians in Gaza.

However, Trudeau said on Tuesday that the “killing of women, of children, of babies” in the besieged Gaza Strip must end. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back, insisting that Hamas is responsible for civilian deaths as Israeli forces continue to batter the enclave, Al Jazeera reported.

“I urge the government of Israel to exercise maximum restraint,” Trudeau said in his sharpest criticism of Israel since the war on Gaza broke out more than five weeks ago. “The world is watching–on TV, on social media–we’re hearing the testimonies of doctors, family members, survivors, kids who have lost their parents.

“The world is witnessing this killing of women, of children, of babies. This has to stop,” he told a news conference in the western province of British Columbia, Al Jazeera reported.

Taking to X, Israeli PM replied to Canadian PM and said, “It is not Israel that is deliberately targeting civilians but Hamas that beheaded, burned and massacred civilians in the worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust. While Israel is doing everything to keep civilians out of harm’s way, Hamas is doing everything to keep them in harm’s way. Israel provides civilians in Gaza humanitarian corridors and safe zones, Hamas prevents them from leaving at gunpoint.”

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