Canadian doctor: Israeli soldiers shot me in both legs as I was treating injured protesters in Gaza

Bravo to Dr. Loubani and the other courageous medical workers in Gaza.

CC of letter sent to Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

On May 16 you issued a statement on the violence in the Gaza Strip.
From your statement –
“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza Strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people … Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable. It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza. Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation to thoroughly examine the facts on the ground.”

The time for an independent investigation is long past.
We know very well what the Israeli snipers on the prison walls of Gaza have been doing for the last 48 days. They have been murdering and maiming unarmed Palestinians, while maintaining the cruel illegal blockade of Gaza, caging the Palestinians into a barely livable concentration camp.

From Médecins Sans Frontières (May 14) –
“What happened today is unacceptable and inhuman. The death toll provided this evening by Gaza health authorities in Palestine —55 dead and 2271 wounded, including 1359 wounded with live ammunition—is staggering.
It is unbearable to witness such a massive number of unarmed people being shot in such a short time. Our medical teams are working around the clock, as they have done since 1 April, providing surgical and post-operative care to men, women and children, and they will continue to do so tonight, tomorrow, and as long as they are needed.
In one of the hospitals where we are working, the chaotic situation is comparable to what we observed after the bombings of the 2014 war, with a colossal influx of injured people in a few hours, completely overwhelming the medical staff. Our teams carried out more than 30 surgical interventions today, sometimes on two or three patients in the same operating theatre, and even in the corridors.
This bloodbath is the continuation of Israeli army’s policy during the last seven weeks: shooting with live ammunition at demonstrators, on the assumption that anyone approaching the separation fence is a legitimate target. Most of the wounded will be condemned to suffer lifelong injuries.”

From Human Rights Watch (May 15) –
“Israeli forces have shot dead over 100 Palestinians in demonstrations in Gaza since March 30, including 14 children, and injured over 3,500 with live fire.
These staggering casualty levels are neither the result of justifiable force nor of isolated abuses; but foreseeable results of senior Israeli officials’ orders on the use of force.”

From Amnesty International (May 14) –
“This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way. This is a violation of international standards, in some instances committing what appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes.
Only last month, Amnesty International called on the international community to stop the delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel. The rising toll of deaths and injuries today only serves to highlight the urgent need for an arms embargo.
Amnesty International last month documented research from the Gaza Strip that showed the Israeli military were killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to them.”

Canada must demand that Israel immediately halt the lethal attacks of Palestinians in the Gaza strip.
As per Amnesty International’s call for ceasing all delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel, Canada must immediately halt all such trade with Israel.
Canada must demand that Israel immediately lift the criminal blockade of Gaza.
Canada should (with others, Norway perhaps?) send a supply ship directly to Gaza, with medical equipment for the hospitals in Gaza, overwhelmed by the maimed and dying victims of Israel’s sadistic attacks on unarmed Palestinians.

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