On November 9, 2023, I delivered a speech to anti-apartheid protesters at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) about the humanitarian catastrophe that Israel has created in Gaza. I argued that the suggestion of a “humanitarian pause” is inhumane, and that even a ceasefire would not be adequate to address the unimaginable suffering of the people of Gaza. What is necessary, in reality, is a permanent prohibition on the bombardment of the Gaza concentration camp.
On the following day, at a Remembrance Day ceremony in Montreal, Yves Engler and I asked Canadian MP Anthony Housefather, the Chairman of the Canada-Israel Inter-Parliamentary Group, to respond to genocidal statements made recently by Israel’s leaders. Housefather acted as if it was inappropriate for Canadians to remember 4,400 dead Palestinian children on Remembrance Day.
You can watch and listen to my speech at UQAM and our intervention at the Remembrance Day ceremony below.