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Is the Israeli military recruiting illegally in Canada?

Is the Israeli military recruiting illegally in Canada?

Dozens of prominent individuals call on Justice Minister Lametti to investigate illegal recruitment in Canada for the Israeli military.




An open letter signed by Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Ken Loach, former MP Jim Manly, as well as poet El Jones and author Yann Martel, and more than 170 Canadians as well as several others, will be delivered to Justice Minister David Lametti asking him to investigate recruitment taking place in Canada for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Alongside the open letter, a formal legal complaint was sent to the Justice Minister.

According the experts to recruit anyone for a foreign military in Canada is a crime. It is also a crime to aid and abet such recruitment by offering incentives and encouraging any person to serve in a foreign military.



What does the law say?


The Foreign Enlistment Act states, “Any person who, within Canada, recruits or otherwise induces any person or body of persons to enlist or to accept any commission or engagement in the armed forces of any foreign state or other armed forces operating in that state is guilty of an offence.”

The only exception would be the recruitment of Israeli citizens who are not Canadian.

On several occasions the Israeli consulate in Toronto has advertised that they have an IDF representative available for personal appointments for those wishing to join the IDF. Last November, the Israeli consulate in Toronto announced, “an IDF representative will conduct personal interviews at the Consulate on November 11-14. Young people who wish to enlist in the IDF or anyone who has not fulfilled their obligations according to the Israeli Defense Service Law are invited to meet with him.”

Not only has the consulate advertised that it facilitates enlistment in a foreign military but it has gone farther and arranged for Israel Defense Forces soldiers and veterans to be present in schools, summer camps and other venues in Canada with the goal of inducing people to enlist.

According to the CBC, 230 Canadians were in the IDF in 2017. It is unclear how many of these individuals were recruited in ways that violate the Foreign Enlistment Act.

At least two Canadians have been shot by IDF snipers in recent years, including doctor Tarek Loubani as he attended to individuals injured by IDF snipers on May 14, 2018.

“The law banning foreign recruitment must be enforced”, said Montreal lawyer John Philpot, a signatory of the open letter and legal opinion. “Canada must pursue the possibility of laying charges on those encouraging people in Canada to enlist in the Israeli military.”



Notre Anatolie / Bizim Anadolu / October 22nd, 2020


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