The Canadian Association of Muslim Women in Law (CAMWL) strongly condemns Israel’s escalated violence against the Palestinian people, the forced displacement of Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, and Israel’s attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque. CAMWL further strongly condemns Israel’s continued violations of international human rights laws and norms.
We watched in shock and heartbreaking disbelief as Palestinians were attacked while praying inside Al-Aqsa Mosque during the final nights of Ramadan. Al-Aqsa is the third holiest site for Muslims. The attack at Al-Aqsa was just one of the deplorable violations of laws, and flagrant attacks on humanity, that Israel has committed in the past few days. These recent attacks by Israel are part of its ongoing brutal occupation of Palestine.
Over the last few decades, Israel has intensified its aggressive occupation by: steadily building illegal settlements that dispossess Palestinians of their homes, taking control of the water and of health supplies, segregating roads, building an apartheid wall to limit the movement of Palestinians, and stripping Palestinians of basic human rights.
In a report dated April 27, 2021, Human Rights Watch has described how Israel’s policies towards the Palestinian people have met the definitions of apartheid and persecution, and are crimes against humanity. Israel is presently bombarding the Gaza Strip with air strikes, raining artillery down on the people of Gaza, who continue to live under siege in the world’s largest open-air prison. According to Al Jazeera, over 1300 people have been wounded by the Israeli attacks, and the death toll as of May 17, 2021 has risen to 198 people, including 58 children and 34 women.
We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their right to survival, and in their struggle for self-determination. We extend our condolences and our prayers to the families of those who have been killed and injured. We join other Canadian organizations and call upon the Canadian government to use diplomatic means to pressure Israel to immediately cease its violent attacks against the Palestinian people. Lastly, to prevent further crimes against humanity, we urge the Canadian government to stop the sale of arms to Israel.
 The United Nations has called for an immediate halt to the forced evictions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah, calling the dispossession of land a violation of International humanitarian law and a potential war crime. https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution  https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/5/17/israel-launches-heavier-raids-in-second-week-of-gaza-bombing