Protesters blocked the entry of the INKAS company into Toronto on October 30. The organizers of this rally accuse this company of supplying military equipment to the Israeli army.
It is unacceptable that the Government of Canada continues not only to express its support for Israel's actions in Gaza but also to facilitate arms exports to the Hebrew state, indicates the group in a letter sent to the liberal government a week ago. It is a crime to supply weapons to a state knowing that they will be used to commit war crimes and genocide.
A week earlier, the human rights NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) had also warned Canada and other allies of Israel, including the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, against the continuation of arms transfers to the Israeli army.
At the same time, this NGO also called on other countries and organizations that support Hamas, including Iran, to stop providing weapons to Palestinian armed groups […] as long as they continue to commit crimes of war.
Above all, this is an urgent request to help protect civilians, who are being killed on an unprecedented scale. previous – in the thousands – right now, HRW said in a statement.
It is also a warning to arms suppliers, given the real risk that transferred weapons will be used to commit serious abuses. By providing weapons that are proven to contribute significantly to illegal attacks, allies and donors could find themselves complicit in war crimes.
A quote from From a Human Rights Watch statement
According to Global Affairs Canada's latest report on exports of military goods in 2022, Israel is the country that has obtained the most export licenses used for military goods and technology, excluding the United States. In total, Israel obtained 315 export licenses in 2022, followed by the United Kingdom (290) and Germany (188).
According to the same report, Canada exported more than $21 million in military equipment to Israel in 2022. This amount was $26 million in 2021, placing Israel among the top 10 destinations for Canadian arms exports. Aside from the United States, Saudi Arabia tops the list, with more than $1 billion in military equipment imported from Canada in 2022.
Among the goods and technologies transferred to Israel are mainly electronic equipment designed specifically for military use ($10,465,925.01), aircraft and aeronautical equipment ($4,966,293.58). $) as well as bombs, torpedoes, rockets, missiles and other explosive devices ($3,174,297.90).
Canada is obliged, by its own laws and the international treaties it has signed, to refuse the transfer of weapons to countries where there is a serious risk that these [equipment] will be used to commit serious crimes, indicates at Radio-Canada Farida Deif, director of HRW in Canada.
According to Ms. Deif, HRW has already documented serious abuses that have been committed by both Israel than by Palestinian armed groups since October 7.
The risks that war crimes have been committed are very real, assured Farida Deif. If Canada continues to knowingly contribute to these attacks by providing weapons to Israel, it may be considered complicit in war crimes.
There will be legal consequences, she adds again.