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Canada issues critical press release on Gaza flotilla massacre?

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Canada Concerned by Israel’s Decision to Set up Independent Public Commission Concerning Flotilla Incident

That was the headline of the press release issued by Foreign Affairs today at 7:41pm.

I did a double-take. Canada is "concerned" about the Israeli government's investigation of the Gaza "flotilla incident"?

Either the Canadian government had reached new right-wing extremes, believing that even an Israeli exercise in pr was too much of a concession to the Palestinians and their supporters. Or it was actually approaching a somewhat more balanced diplomatic stance, rightfully expressing their doubts about the ability of a perpetrator of an international crime to investigate itself.
 
Sure enough, a retraction came at 8:10pm.
 
Modification - Canada Welcomes Israel's Decision to Set up Independent Public Commission Concerning Flotilla Incident

"Welcomes", of course. Not, is "concerned."

Some DFAIT bureaucrat is sure to get a scolding.

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To view this document on the department website, please click on the following link: 
http://www.international.gc.ca/media/aff/news-communiques/2010/188.aspx 

Canada Concerned by Israel’s Decision to Set up Independent Public Commission Concerning Flotilla Incident

(No. 188 - June 13, 2010 - 7:30 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement which will be mandated to examine events related to the Gaza flotilla incident:

“We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to set up an independent public commission which will investigate what exactly occurred on board the flotilla headed for Gaza a few weeks ago.

“Canada fully supports an impartial, credible, and transparent investigation into the tragic incident.

“Canada joins others in calling on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to return quickly to negotiations toward a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.

“Canada fully understands and sympathizes with Israel’s legitimate security concerns in the face of terrorism against its people.

“While we fully support the importance of delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, we also fully support Israel’s right to inspect ships to ensure military material and armaments do not reach the hands of Hamas terrorists.

“Retired Canadian Forces Brigadier General Ken Watkin will be a part of the panel leading the investigation.

“Given his career in the Canadian Forces, and his service as Judge Advocate General, Brigadier General Ken Watkin is well suited to participate in this commission.

“We expect that the findings of the investigation, upon completion, will be presented to the international community.

“States and international bodies should not rush to judgment before all the facts are known.”

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Melissa Lantsman
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874

 

 

Modification - Canada Welcomes Israel’s Decision to Set up Independent Public Commission Concerning Flotilla Incident

Modification: Change to title

(No. 188 - Modification - June 13, 2010 - 8:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement which will be mandated to examine events related to the Gaza flotilla incident:

“We welcome the Israeli Government’s decision to set up an independent public commission which will investigate what exactly occurred on board the flotilla headed for Gaza a few weeks ago.

“Canada fully supports an impartial, credible, and transparent investigation into the tragic incident.

“Canada joins others in calling on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to return quickly to negotiations toward a comprehensive and lasting peace in the region.

“Canada fully understands and sympathizes with Israel’s legitimate security concerns in the face of terrorism against its people.

“While we fully support the importance of delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, we also fully support Israel’s right to inspect ships to ensure military material and armaments do not reach the hands of Hamas terrorists.

“Retired Canadian Forces Brigadier General Ken Watkin will be a part of the panel leading the investigation.

“Given his career in the Canadian Forces, and his service as Judge Advocate General, Brigadier General Ken Watkin is well suited to participate in this commission.

“We expect that the findings of the investigation, upon completion, will be presented to the international community.

“States and international bodies should not rush to judgment before all the facts are known.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Melissa Lantsman
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
613-995-1851

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874

 

 

 

 

 


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