Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is joining with Just Peace Advocates, the Canada Palestine Association, Palestinian and Jewish Unity and Palestine House to launch a letter-writing campaign targeting Canadian officials following the statement of Zionist officials on 30 November that they intend to forcibly deport imprisoned Palestinian lawyer Salah Hamouri to France this coming Sunday and strip him of his Jerusalem residency. This outrage must be confronted globally, but Western governments — including Canada’s — are silent on this as they are on the continuing assault on the Palestinian people.
Take one minute to write to Foreign Minister Joly and Canada’s Head of Mission in Ramallah Da Silva. Canada is complicit in Israel’s violation of international law in regard to Human Rights Defencer Salah Hamouri.
Condemn and reject the Israeli decision to revoke the Salah Hamouri’s Jerusalem residency based on a secret file and allegations of disloyalty to the occupying power.
Third party countries need to activate universal jurisdiction in accordance with Article 147 of the Fourth Geneva Convention to ensure that Israel is held accountable and does not enjoy impunity for the grave violations it commits against Palestinians, including arbitrary detention and forced displacement.
Canada is obliged under Article 1 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, to ensure that violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention do not occur under any circumstance.
Salah Hamouri’s case illustrates the Israeli authorities’ apartheid regime, including the widespread and systematic practice of illegal deportation and demographic manipulation, as manifested through its laws, policies, and practices, to maintain an institutionalized regime of domination and oppression over the Palestinian people as a whole.
READ MORE ABOUT SALAH’S CASE: JUSTICE FOR SALAH
In June 2022, a letter was sent to the Canadian Head of Mission in Ramallah, Robin Wettlaufer signed by more than 30 civil society organizations from Canada, Palestine and elsewhere, and more than 100 lawyers, academics, faith leaders and others, most from Canada. They urged Wettlaufer to visit human rights defender and lawyer Salah Hammouri in Ofer prison, and to pressure Israeli authorities for Salah Hammouri’s immediate and unconditional release. About 1,000 letters were written to around this time to Global Affairs Minister Joly and the Ramallah based Head of Mission Wettlaufer.
An Access to Information and Privacy (ATIP) request received by Just Peace Advocates shows that the Head of Mission in Ramallah seems to have dismissed letters.
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