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JUNE 30, 2006
INTENSIFYING HARDSHIP OF GAZA FAMILIES WILL NOT RESOLVE LATEST CRISIS: NDP
HALIFAX –NDP Foreign Affairs and International Development Critic Alexa McDonough (Halifax) issued the following statement today:
The NDP regrets the kidnapping of Israeli soldier Corporal Gilad Shalit and urges his kidnappers to return him immediately to his family, if any progress towards lasting peace is to be made.
Restraint is crucial at this critical time.
Tragically, Friday’s Israeli air strikes on Gaza have only intensified civilian hardships in Gaza. With only ten days of wheat flour remaining and water supplies in serious jeopardy, the global community must act on the UN World Food Programme’s predictions of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, by launching a concerted diplomatic effort to bring a negotiated end to this crisis.
The NDP urges Israel to halt further offensive measures targeting Palestinian civilians. Thursday’s capture of Palestinian Parliamentarians further limits the Palestinian Authority’s already constrained capacity to function as a responsible, duly elected government, particularly during this time when Israel has cut all food and fuel supplies to Gaza’s 1.4 million people and withheld Palestinians’ tax revenues.
The NDP welcomes Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s diplomatic efforts and urges the Canadian government to end its disgraceful silence and step forward and engage diplomatically to help bring an end to the kidnapping, and help bring relief to Palestinian civilians.
V. Anthony Salloum
Legislative and Communications Assistant
Adjoint Législatif; Adjoint aux communications
Alexa McDonough, MP/ Députée Halifax
Foreign Affairs and International Development Critic;
Porte-parole pour les affaires étrangères et le développement international.
Tel: (613)995-4492 Fax/Télécopier: (613)992-8569 www.alexahfx.ca