NDP foreign affairs critic Heather McPherson said the delegation received a reality check from Canada's ambassador to Jordan, who she said explained how people in the Middle East compare Canada's approach to the region with Ottawa's strong support for the Ukrainians.
“He is very direct about the implications that Canada's actions have and will have on our reputation in the world [and] that the rest of the world is considering very different responses,” said the NDP MP. [The Palestinians] are disappointed in Canada, and they are disappointed that Canada's response is so blatantly uneven.
Justin's government Trudeau maintains that he is defending Canadian values by demanding accountability from Hamas, while hoping for an end to the conflict and an improvement in the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
McPherson said her group plans to travel Tuesday to the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel that has seen a surge in violence in recent weeks. The Canadian delegation will also visit East Jerusalem, an area of the city claimed by both communities. We are going to be careful and we have experts who are with us, she said Monday evening.
Since Israel began bombing the Gaza Strip, the United Nations says there has been an unprecedented rise in violence in the West Bank, including from Israeli occupation forces, Palestinian residents and Israeli settlers.
Muslim groups are urging Ottawa to do more against violence in the West Bank, where extremist Jewish settlers who live in Israeli settlements that Canada deems illegal have taken up arms.
The Trudeau government has joined calls to revive the peace process aimed at to create an independent Palestinian state that would exist alongside Israel. However, Palestinian leaders say Ottawa is not exerting enough pressure, and the right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been reluctant to embrace the two-state solution. p>