Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6
Dear Minister Freeland,
On Friday March 30 crowds gathered at the border fence separating Israel and Gaza. Smaller groups of protesters rushed forward throwing stones and burning tires. In response, the Israeli Defence Forces fired upon the marchers. This scene has since been repeated. The New York Times reports 31 Palestinians have died so far. Well over a thousand have been recovering from wounds. While not new, such violence is disproportionate to the circumstances. We weep for the killed, injured, and their families.
Since at least 1978, Canadian Friends (Quakers) have expressed their concern for the sufferings of the Palestinian and Israeli peoples. This suffering has gone on too long and cannot continue. We are aware that Israel was born out of horrific violence perpetrated on the Jews and that Palestinians were not the perpetrators. We know that both Israelis and Palestinians have committed acts of violence against each other. We are also aware of the huge inequality of power between them.