Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Treaty on Cluster Munitions

. . . I support Senator Hubley’s inquiry and congratulate her for having initiated it. . . I wholly support the thrust of the inquiry, which is intended to encourage the permanent banning of cluster bombs.

I paid special attention to the speech given by Honourable Senator Prud’homme last Tuesday in connection with this inquiry. Regrettably, it contained three great flaws…

Regarding the first flaw, Honourable Senator Prud’homme selected Israel as the culprit in cluster bombing. This ignores the fact that cluster bombing started well before Israel used them and their use continues all over the globe to this very day…

The second flaw is the misinformation in Senator Prud’homme’s speech. The honourable senator asserted that the Israeli army bombarded southern Lebanon with roughly one million cluster bombs. That figure is a figment of someone’s overactive imagination …

Senator Prud’homme declared that Israel refuses to give Lebanon maps indicating where the bombs were spread. That, too, is incorrect. In fact … UN commissioner, Jan Egeland, had long since identified and sequestered 359 sites where the disarming of cluster bombs continues to take place.

Senator Prud’homme asserted that not a day goes by without someone being injured or killed by a cluster bomb in southern Lebanon. That statement, too, is inaccurate since all the sites have been identified and these bombs are being disarmed and secured in sequestered areas.

The honourable senator asserted that most of the cluster bombs were dropped on the second-to-last and last day of the Israel-Hezbollah war. There is no way to verify that assertion, so it is hard to figure out where the honourable senator got that…

Even though I share Senator Prud’homme’s sympathy for innocent Lebanese people and for all innocent people, I am disappointed that he expresses not one word of sympathy for Israeli victims of that war…