Human rights activists have called for an end to the recruitment of Canadian citizens by the Israeli military, which is against the laws of Canada.
These activists claim that this action by the Israeli army violates the Foreign Enlistment Act, which prohibits the recruitment of Canadian citizens by other countries.
According to Israeli army reports, hundreds of Canadian citizens have joined the Israeli military in recent years, not to mention U.S. citizens.
In a letter to Canadian Justice Minister David Lametti in October, 170 prominent figures in the country urged him to take urgent action against anyone involved in recruiting and encouraging recruitment in the country.
Last year, Canada revoked the charitable status of a Jewish organization following a government audit that found it had funded Israeli military projects and settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) stripped the “Beth Oloth Charitable Organization” of its status for funding activities that are not charitable under Canadian law because they sought to “increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the Israeli armed forces.”
Beth Oloth also funded Israeli regime military training programs known in Hebrew as “mechinot.” Under Canadian law, registered charities are prohibited from donating funds to “foreign armed forces.”
Canada officially opposes Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying they are “a serious obstacle to the achievement of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace.”
About 600,000 Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since Israel occupied Palestinian territories in the West Bank and al-Quds (East Jerusalem) in 1967.
Palestinians want the West Bank to be part of a future independent Palestinian state with al-Quds as its capital.
by Jeremy Abbott – American Correspondent