Two months, that’s how long it took Canada’s foreign affairs minister to denounce the use of rape as a weapon of war in Israel. It looks like Melanie Joly doesn’t really believe in her own rhetoric about a feminist foreign policy.
The rape of women and girls was sadly well documented, not that the proof stopped Hamas supporters from denying it or some politicians acting in a cowardly manner.
Believe all women, unless they are Jewish or Israeli.
Joly was quick to talk about the Me Too movement in 2018. She rushed to the microphones with Justin Trudeau to denounce the United States Supreme Court overturning Roe vs. Wade last year.
On Hamas raping women while carrying out their terrorist attack on Oct. 7, she waited two months to make a statement.
“Using sexual violence as a tactic of war is a crime. We strongly condemn #SGBV (sexual and gender-based violence), including rape, perpetrated by Hamas against women in Israel on Oct. 7. We believe Israeli women.
“Canada will always stand against #SGBV and advocate for justice for all victims,” Joly posted to X.
Two months to denounce something the whole world knew had happened on Oct. 7. In contrast, it didn’t take her long to issue a statement when Hamas made false claims about Israel bombing a hospital.
“Bombing a hospital is an unthinkable act, and there is no doubt that doing so is absolutely illegal,” she posted Oct. 17.
That post, which blamed Israel for purposely bombing a hospital was posted quickly, without any proof, and it is still up. Even after it was shown that the hospital’s parking lot was hit — not the hospital itself — and that the explosion was the result of a rocket fired from inside Gaza by Islamic Jihad, Joly left her statement up.
It’s an odd position for Canada’s foreign affairs minister to be in, believing an accusation from Hamas and repeating it immediately but not accepting the proof and denouncing the rape of Israeli women.
The stance of Joly, and the rest of the Trudeau government to the war Hamas launched against Israel, has been muddled at best. Yes, at the start they clearly denounced the Hamas attacks and stated that Israel had a right to defend itself. Since then, Trudeau has gone back and forth as he deals with pressures from within the Liberal caucus and Canadian society itself.
As the Israeli Defense Forces closed in on the Al Shifa hospital, Trudeau issued a warning to Israel, saying he was concerned about the humanitarian crisis unfolding there.
“I have been clear that the price of justice cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians. Even wars have rules, and all innocent life is equal in worth, Israeli and Palestinian. I urge the Government of Israel to exercise maximum restraint. The world is watching on TV and social media,” Trudeau said.
His words to Hamas that day, a gentle nudge not to use civilians as human shields. Yet that is exactly what Hamas has been doing since they launched this war.
The Al Shifa Hospital was more of a munitions dump and headquarters for Hamas with a medical clinic attached to it than a hospital. Israel had to go into the hospital to liberate it from Hamas, and they did so with maximum restraint.
Before Israel strikes an area in Gaza, it drops leaflets with maps telling residents to evacuate areas the IDF will be taking over. In doing so, the IDF not only tells civilians, it tells Hamas where Israel’s military will strike.
Israel is pulling its punches; it is exercising maximum restraint even as Trudeau lectures Tel Aviv.
One thing everyone should remember the next time the Trudeau government claims to have principle-based feminist foreign policy — it took them two months to believe Israeli women on proven claims of rape and two minutes to believe false claims by Hamas that Israel bombed a hospital.
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