84 percent of Canadians want war crimes probe into Israel

Justin Trudeau has joined Donald Trump in threatening the International Criminal Court over its work on Israel’s war crimes. Kevin Lamarque Reuters

A majority of Canadians support investigations into Israel’s human rights abuses, a new poll has found.

According to the survey’s results, published Wednesday, the independent research firm EKOS found that 86 percent of Canadians do not want Israel to be held to a different standard than other countries.

Similar results indicate that most Canadians believe that Canada should not overlook Israel’s human rights record even if Israel “is under threat,” and do not support recognizing Jerusalem as exclusively Israel’s capital.

The survey was sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Independent Jewish Voices Canada and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel.

The results show a stark conflict with the ruling Liberal Party’s close alliance with Israel and the general opinions of the Canadian population across the political spectrum.

“The poll shows in a very clear way that taking a fair and consistent approach to human rights, especially when it comes to Israel, would not be a risky political move, it would not be a controversial position to take,” Michael Bueckert, vice president of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, told The Electronic Intifada.

Rather, Bueckert added, it would be “a reflection of the vast consensus within Canadian opinion and within their own political parties.”


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