URGENT ALERT: Citizenship and Immigration Canada website legitimises Israeli claim for Palestine
Islamic Human Rights Commission
11th August 2004
IHRC have been made aware of a significant error on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website-http://www.settlement.org/cp/english/israel/index.html
A map of Israel in the “Landscape and Climate” section has branded the Gaza Strip and the West Bank as Israeli territory, thus legitimising Israel’s illegal occupation there.
This idea is clearly wrong; these territories are considered illegally occupied under international law, and many UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions have affirmed this status, calling upon Israel to withdraw from them. This was affirmed recently by the International Court of Justice in an Advisory Opinion that specified the boundaries of those occupied territories.
The CIC website was made aware of this error on July 23rd by Canpalnet.Ottawa, it is now the 17th August, and still nothing has been done by them to rectify the fault.
Please email Minister Judy Sgro- Sgro.J@parl.gc.ca to request an immediate correction. You can copy and paste the letter below, or use it as a model for your own letter.
Dear Minister Sgro
I would like to draw to your attention the error on the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website, concerning the map under the “Landscape and Climate” section.
The map takes both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and marks them as Israeli territory, which according to the International Court of Justice is incorrect.
Thank you for addressing this issue at your earliest convenience.
[sign your name]