It is with great sadness that New Democrats learned of the tragic loss of life in Jerusalem as a gunman attacked a rabbinical seminary. Our thoughts and condolences go to all those killed and injured, including a young Canadian student.
The NDP condemns all violence against civilians and calls on all sides to categorically reject using violence against civilian populations. Ordinary Israelis and Palestinians alike want a negotiated resolution, but this kind of violence just perpetuates the cycle of conflict in the region.
The NDP deplores the recent escalation of violence and increased civilian casualties that has been the result. We continue to support a peaceful resolution to the ongoing crisis in the Middle East and call on the Canadian government to work with our international partners to help negotiate a ceasefire followed by a lasting peace.