Hamas Thanks Canada for Backing Ceasefire in Gaza

Canada’s recent support for a non-binding United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza has prompted a “thank you” video from the Palestinian group Hamas. Dr. Ghazi Hamad, a senior leader of Hamas. 

In the video, Hamad praised Canada, along with Australia and New Zealand, for their statements endorsing a sustainable ceasefire. Despite the United States’ stance, Hamad highlighted the growing international support to end aggression in Gaza.

The video message from Hamas thanking Canada sparked swift reactions on social media, with some criticizing the gesture as embarrassing for the Trudeau Liberals and others advocating for real change in Canada’s approach. 

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, though not directly addressing the video, on Wednesday night condemned Hamas as terrorists and emphasized that they do not represent the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.

Joly reiterated Canada’s position that for a ceasefire to be sustainable, Hamas must release hostages, cease using civilians as human shields, and disarm. She asserted that Hamas has no future in Gaza and underscored Canada’s condemnation of Hamas’ terror attacks and violence, including acts of sexual violence.

The Canadian government’s stance was expressed before last week’s UN vote by federal officials, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau reiterated Canada’s commitment to ensuring peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians within internationally recognized borders. The UN resolution ultimately passed with 153 votes in favor, 10 against, and 23 abstentions.

The non-binding resolution comes after the US vetoed a resolution calling for a ceasefire between Israel, Hamas, and their allies that stemmed from the United Nations Secretary General’s rare invocation of Article 99.

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