The Canadian Palestinian Community released the following statement today.
The Palestinian-Canadian community expresses its condolences to the family of 18-month old Ali Saad Dawabshed, who was burned to death in an arson attack perpetrated by Israeli terrorists against his home in Occupied Palestine yesterday.
This latest attack against Palestinian children cannot be divorced from racist narratives of the Israel/Palestine conflict in Western society that dehumanizes the Palestinian people and distorts their quest for self-determination.
The absence of any condemnation from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, or any reference to the several other killings of Palestinian youth by Israeli Occupation Forces this summer, highlights the Harper Government’s complicity in the dehumanization of the Palestinian people.
This history of silence is especially troublesome in the wake of the murder of 551 Palestinian children by Israeli military operations in Gaza last year.
From beneath the shadow cast by this tragedy we avail ourselves of this opportunity to affirm that Palestinian lives matter. We stand in solidarity with other oppressed people, notably Canadian, North American First Nations and black communities, in asserting our collective rights to self-determination and freedom from all forms of persecution.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Dawabshed family today.
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