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As politicians across Canada react to the escalating conflict between Israel and Palestine, several elected officials have condemned Israel, even going so far as accusing the democratic state of “ethnic cleansing” as it works to intercept rockets from Hamas in Gaza. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh urged the Canadian government last week to “do the right thing” and end arms sales to Israel despite the fact that the country has been dealing with nightly rocket barrages from Hamas, which Canada designates as a terrorist group. Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau called on Israel and Palestine to both “uphold international law.” Recent reports from the region indicate that pro-Palestinian terror groups have used civilians, including journalists, as human shields. Liberal MP Iqra Khalid took to Twitter to accuse Israel of “blatant disregard for human life” and conducting “forced evictions.” Green Party MP Jenica Atwin claimed on Twitter that she stood with Palestine and accusing the Israeli government of “apartheid.” NDP MP Niki Ashton tuned into the conversation by accusing Canada of being complicit in “illegal occupation” and a “massacre” of Palestinians for standing by Israel.

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