Canada bans Israeli settlers for the first time

Patrick D Costa

This is the first time in Canadian history that someone has been formally banned.

The government of Canada has imposed sanctions against four Israeli settlers in the West Bank region of Palestine for their alleged involvement in violent activities. The four settlers targeted by the ban are David Chai Chasdai, Yinon Levy, Xavi Bar Youssef and Moshe Sharvit.

This is the first time in Canadian history that someone has been formally banned. In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada said that this step has been taken under a law known as the ‘Special Economic Measures Act’ in the country. The four cannot enter Canada or purchase property until the ban is lifted.

After the ministry issued a statement, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Jolie said in a message, “A few days ago I visited the West Bank. By going there and visiting different areas on the ground, we can clearly learn about the violence of the Israeli settlers. The local residents said that the settlers are trying to evict the local residents from their homes and agricultural land through torture and violence.

“By issuing this ban, we want to send a clear message to Israel that Canada will never support Israeli settler violence and that those settlers who engage in such activities will suffer the consequences.”

Canada is committed to working in coordination with its partners to build a comprehensive, just and sustainable peace in the Middle East, said a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The first step in this peace process is the two-state solution, and the establishment of illegal settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem is a major obstacle to this solution.

The statement also said that Canada is a country that has ratified the Declaration of the Fourth Geneva Convention of the United Nations. The declaration said that no inhuman treatment can be done to the people of the occupied areas.

Incidentally, the Israel-Palestine border was determined after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. At that time, Israel promised that no occupation would be carried out in Palestinian territories. But later Israel did not keep that promise. Almost every year, the powers of this only Jewish state in the world are consuming a little bit of Palestinian territory.

Since the end of the war between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas in the Gaza Strip on October 7, violence has spread to various cities in the West Bank. According to the United Nations, a total of 800 incidents of violence have occurred in various cities of the West Bank in the last 7 months. Hundreds of people lost their lives in these violence.

Earlier on February 2, the United States had sanctioned four Israeli settlers for their involvement in violence in the West Bank. Of the four that Canada imposed sanctions on Thursday, the U.S. sanctions against two remain in place. These two are David Chai Chasdai and Yinon Levy.

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