Yesterday while this carnage was going on, Chris Gunness from UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, was breaking down in tears on live TV after 19 were killed and 125 wounded in the latest attack on a UN school in Gaza, which the UN accused Israel of carrying out after being warned 17 times that civilians were seeking shelter there ...
Gunness : "UNRWA is overwhelmed in #Gaza - we have reached breaking point, our staff are being killed, our shelters overflowing. Where will it end?"
Note : Canada once provided 10% of UNRWA's budget. Now, according to UNRWA's list of of 60 donor countries for 2013, we give nothing.
In 2010, then Treasury Board director Vic Toews explained the funds would be redirected "in accordance with Canadian values".
Meanwhile, fifty miles away at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, Liberal MPs Carolyn Bennett and John McCallum, Con MPs David Sweet and Ted Opitz, Liberal Senator Grant Mitchell, and former Liberal Senator Jerry Grafstein were leading the Canada-Israel Solidarity Rally in singing O Canada and Hatikva on, as JPost put it, "Day 23 of Operation Protective Edge."
Con MP Randy Hoback not shown in photo.
The Jerusalem Post reported in advance that the event would also include a broadcasted appearance by John Baird.
For all I know they may have also broadcast this :
The Solidarity Rally Lib/Con MPs and senators did not, needless to say, visit the West Bank, or Gaza where they might have been in danger of being shelled by their hosts..
But prior to the group giving their "fact-finding mission" report to the Government of Canada, here are some of their advance observations from the trip.
Con MP Randy Hoback : ‘An opportunity to ask tough questions’
“How often do you get the chance to get firsthand information about what’s going on in Israel in regards to both the rocket bombs coming out of Gaza and reaction from Israel.”
"It’s very interesting, there’s a lot of things that people don’t understand. Hamas is the issue here, it’s not the Palestinian people. Hamas is a terrorist organization, their whole goal is [getting] Israel off this earth. This group isn’t a group that you can sit down and talk with and negotiate a peace settlement. It isn’t a group that wants to be your friend, they basically want to annihilate Israel which is very sad.
They are willing to put children in front of bombs and willing to put rocket launchers inside of schools and inside of mosques, basically do whatever they have to do to win their so called war. So it makes it tough when they do these things.”Senator Grafstein :
“I’m absolutely amazed about how strong and how supportive Israel has been in this war effort, but more important than that at how united they’ve been and how calm, cool and collected they’ve been.”David Sweet :
"Tory MP David Sweet said Wednesday that from his location in Israel he could see and hear the destruction in Gaza.
"It was quite an experience to see the havoc, the death threats," he said.
The way Sweet sees it, the people of Israel have been under siege for eight years.
"Sleep deprived for eight years," he said. "Who knows the long-term effects of that?"
Mark Regev would be so proud.