Israeli diplomat urges Canada to clarify position on ICJ genocide case

Israeli envoy calls on Canada to clarify stance on ICJ genocide case

“Canada Urged to Clarify Position on Genocide Allegations Against Israel

As the International Court of Justice deliberates on the accusation of genocide against Israel, Israel’s envoy to Canada, Iddo Moed, is calling on the federal Liberals to clearly communicate Ottawa’s position on the matter. He emphasizes the importance of leaving no room for misinterpretation, especially considering the stance taken by many of Canada’s allies and peers.

The Case at the International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice held public hearings during which South Africa argued that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, while Israel defended its actions as a response to Hamas’ brutal October attack.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Ambiguity

Prime Minister Trudeau has yet to clearly state whether Canada agrees with the accusation, or if it would recognize the court’s ruling if it finds Israel guilty of genocide. His recent comments about Canada’s support for the institution being separate from support for the case have been criticized for being confusing and unclear.

The Call for Clarity

Many organizations have raised concerns about the government’s use of ambiguous language to avoid taking a stance on a case with significant implications. It is argued that a clear position is necessary to prevent further division within the Liberal caucus and the Canadian electorate. South Africa claims support from over 50 countries, including all 22 members of the Arab League, while most Western countries that traditionally support Israel have either stayed neutral or rejected the case outright.


As the ICJ continues its deliberations, the pressure on Canada to clarify its position on the genocide allegations against Israel grows. The need for a clear and unambiguous stance is crucial not only for diplomatic relations but also for Canada’s moral standing on the global stage. The decision made by Canada will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications, and it is essential for the government to carefully consider the impact of its position.”



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