Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Support from Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel

[20 July, 2006]

Ottawa – The Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel would like to express their deepest sympathies to those who have lost loved ones resulting from the unprovoked aggressions of the terrorist organisations Hezbollah and Hamas.

In this time of heightened tension and violence in the Middle East, we want to express our unwavering support for Israel’s right to defend its people from terrorism.

While many in the international community may single out Israel for the recent upsurge in violence, we want to emphasize that the cause of the recent instability is the incessant rocket attacks that have been unleashed on intentionally targeted innocent Israeli citizens, as well as the criminal abductions of Israeli soldiers by the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah.

Indeed, one cannot understand what is happening by only focusing on the present hostilities and ignoring the standing root cause of the conflict- that both Hamas and Hezbollah are dedicated by their charters to the destruction of Israel and the killing of Jews wherever they may be.

Canada and the rest of the international community must take the lead and exert pressure on Iran and Syria, to immediately cease their sponsoring of terror groups and international terrorism. The onus of lowering tensions unequivocally resides with Hamas, Hezbollah and their backers Syria and Iran.

Terrorism should never be rewarded. Hamas and Hezbollah cannot hope to gain political legitimacy while they refuse to lay down their arms and abandon a strategy of terror.