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WINDSOR, ON – Today in the House of Commons Brian Masse MP Windsor West tabled a petition that has received thousands of signatures from Windsor, Tecumseh and Essex County calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.  The petition also calls for lifting the blockade/siege of the Gaza strip, the creation of a humanitarian corridor and emergency humanitarian intervention, calling on all countries to meet their commitments to the Geneva Convention, International Humanitarian Law and human rights in working towards the goal of protecting Israeli and Palestinian citizens.

“Today I continue a long legacy of representing the citizens of our Windsor – Essex area who have always sought peace during conflict and raising their voice to protect human rights through the lens of social justice.”  Masse said.   “Sadly, since these petitioners voiced their request for Canada to call for a ceasefire the death toll of Palestinians has gone from 2,000 to now over 35,000 killed with another estimated 65,000 wounded, nearly 2 million people displaced whom the majority are women and children.”  During the start of this conflict Masse challenged the Prime Minister to say the word ceasefire and continues working with the NDP Caucus to shift Canada’s position back to the historical role of working to play an international role to help foster peace.

The petition is the first paper petition, joining an online petition submitted by MP Alexander Boulerice NDP MP Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie had over 380,000 signatures making it the largest in Canadian history that also called for an immediate ceasefire.  These two petitions join several international groups, countries and citizens from all faith backgrounds desiring a change of the course of action in Gaza.

For more information: Mirna Cherry 519-255-1631 or   [email protected]

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