(Ottawa, Canada – July 11, 2008) – The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CAN) today called upon Green Park International and Green Mount International, two Canadian companies, to halt construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Palestine.
Michael Sfard, a lawyer representing Biliin village, has filed a lawsuit with the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal asking for the construction and destruction of homes to stop. About 250 apartments in 30 buildings are being erected. Sfard says the Israeli settlement is being built in contravention of international and Canadian law. Punitive damages of $2 million are being sought by the villagers.
SEE: CBC – Palestinian village sues Canadian builders over Israeli settlement
SEE: BBC – Israeli settlement builders sued
SEE: AP – Village sues builders of Israeli settlement
“Canada’s credibility in the Middle East is being harmed by Canadian companies building Israeli settlements in the West Bank,” said Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Community Relations Director.
“It is critical that Canadian companies respect and abide by Canadian and international law. Settlement building on occupied land has long been criticized by Canada, the United States, the UN and the international community,” Gardee added.
SEE: BBC – UN criticises West Bank barrier
Contact: Ihsaan Gardee, CAIR-CAN Community Relations Director, 613-853-4111 or 613-254-9704.