CAW Urges Harper to Condemn Attack on Aid Ships

June 8, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

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In a June 3 letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, CAW President Ken Lewenza urged the federal government of Canada to condemn a recent attack on a flotilla intending to bring humanitarian aid and supplies to the people of Gaza.

The following is an excerpt from the letter:

"The nearly 700 people on board the aid ships included Members of Parliament from a number of nations, UN staff, human rights and trade union activists, journalists, writers and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. They carried 10,000 tons of humanitarian and basic supplies for the peoples of Gaza: temporary shelters, equipment for children, construction materials, medical equipment, medicines and school supplies.

The international trade union movement has denounced Israel's blockade of Gaza and called on governments everywhere to support a two state solution. Unions around the world, including the CAW, are committed to the work we do with Israeli and Palestinian workers in efforts to build peace and forge alliances.

We urge you to condemn the attack on these ships in international waters that were bringing much needed humanitarian aid and supplies to the people of Gaza - an attack that resulted in the loss of innocent lives. We also urge you to call for a full, open and independent inquiry to establish what exactly occurred and to bring those in violation of international law to justice."

A full copy of the letter can be downloaded here:

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