Friday, March 13, 2015

Canada Provides Israeli Settlers With a Means to Kill More Palestinians?

Israeli citizens are allowed fire-arms' ownership under the conditions listed below. There is an exemption for Israeli residents who reside in the occupied territories of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Stephen Harper is arming Israeli bandits with automatic weapons. Our prime sinister should be brought to the court of international justice in chains, and I hope they do to him what the criminal Western Cabal did to Ghadafi. When will this jackal's crimes end and why are Canadians allowing this to happen? Where is the RCMP? Stephen Harper is an elected politician, and he holds no immunity for the crimes he and his government have committed, and continue to commit. I told you this man would destroy Canada!


Civilians must obtain a firearms license to lawfully acquire, possess, sell, or transfer firearms and ammunition. Soldiers are generally allowed to carry their personal weapons and ammunition together while on furlough during active service, uniformed or in civilian clothing.
The list of below personnel are eligible for licenses allowing them to possess firearms:
  • Israel Defense Forces officers honorably discharged with the rank of non-commissioned officer
  • Reservists honorably discharged with the rank of regimental commander
    • Eligible to possess one rifle.
  • Ex–special forces enlisted men
  • Retired police officers with the rank of sergeant
  • Retired prison guards with the rank of squadron commander
  • Licensed public transportation drivers transporting a minimum of five people
  • Full-time dealers of jewellery or large sums of cash or valuables
  • Civil Guard volunteers
    • Civil Guard snipers may possess one rifle.
  • Residents of militarily strategic buffer zones considered essential to state security
    • Such personnel are may possess one handgun.
  • Residents of Israeli settlements
    • Settlers may possess handguns and can be issued automatic rifles by the army for personal protection. The automatic rifles are property of the army and may be confiscated at any time.
  • Licensed hunters
    • May possess one shotgun
  • Licensed animal-control officers
    • May possess two rifles
To obtain a firearms license, an applicant must be a resident of Israel for at least three consecutive years, pass a background check that considers the applicant's health, mental, and criminal history, establish a genuine reason for possessing a firearm (such as self-defense, hunting, or sport) pass a weapons-training course, and be over a certain age.


Conservatives amend law to allow export of prohibited weapons to Israel, Kuwait

Critics are raising an alarm over what they say is an ongoing erosion of government control over the export of Canadian military goods.

Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border Wednesday. The federal government says it is allowing shipments of prohibited weapons to Israel to “open potential new market opportunities for Canadian exporters,” among other reasons.
Ariel Schalit / The Associated Press
Israeli soldiers secure the Israel-Lebanon border Wednesday. The federal government says it is allowing shipments of prohibited weapons to Israel to “open potential new market opportunities for Canadian exporters,” among other reasons. 

OTTAWA — Critics are raising an alarm over what they say is an ongoing erosion of government control over the export of Canadian military goods.

The Star reported Wednesday the Conservative government quietly amended the export law to permit Canadian shipments to Israel and Kuwait of prohibited weapons such as banned handguns or automatic weapons.

According to two new regulations published Wednesday, the Conservative cabinet approved the changes two weeks ago. The new rules take effect immediately and add Israel and Kuwait to an approved list of 37 countries to which Canadian exporters can legally ship weapons that remain prohibited under Canada’s Criminal Code, including “fully automatic firearms, electric stun guns and large-capacity magazines.”

Amnesty International says it, along with Project Ploughshares, has long sought tighter controls on the list of countries to which weapons are shipped, but it did not receive notice of the potential additions of Israel and Kuwait in time to make a submission.

“It is not a terribly open or transparent process,” said Hilary Homes, an Amnesty International Canada campaigner.

Cesar Jaramillo, of Project Ploughshares, said the steady expansion of that list, known as the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, is “troubling.”

The list was designed to restrict the foreign market for Canadian-sourced automatic firearms, but Jaramillo said it has been gradually expanded as “potential markets and lucrative deals emerge for Canadian weapons.” The addition of Kuwait and Israel triples the number of approved countries from 13 to 39 since it was established in 1991, he said.

“What we are seeing is a downward trend in export controls whereby commercial interests end up overriding considerations related to human rights or security concerns.”

Jaramillo pointed to last year’s deal to export light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia, touted by the Conservatives as boon to job creation in London, Ont., area. He said it is “the largest military exports deal in the country’s history” with “one of the very worst human rights violators in the world — despite export control guidelines that restrict military exports to countries with a persistent record of human rights violations . . . .

The weapons now open to export under Wednesday’s rule change are prohibited here but there is definitely a market for them abroad. Jaramillo says markets in NATO-member countries have become saturated and military spending has dwindled, but Canadian manufacturers have sought new markets elsewhere, and the government has facilitated their efforts.

Homes said Amnesty believes the criteria to determine which states get on the list should include “an assessment of the country’s compliance with relevant international standards and obligations, including those of international humanitarian and human rights law.” The list should be regularly re-evaluated, he said. And Canada should be confident that automatic weapons transfers to the state will not lead to breaches of UN Security Council embargoes, violations of human rights or international law, or be used in the commission of crimes or terrorist acts or get diverted to “unauthorized end users.”

The authorized export list now allows weapons exports to 37 countries, consisting of all 27 NATO members, plus Australia, Botswana, Chile, Colombia, Finland, New Zealand, Peru, Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Korea and Sweden.

Foreign Affairs media relations spokesman Francois Lasalle refused the Star’s request for an interview with a departmental expert, but said in an email “Israel is constantly on the front lines of the struggle against terrorism and is a like-minded liberal democracy with which we enjoy excellent relations.”

“Kuwait is a key partner in the battle against ISIL and plays a significant role in regional security.”

Canadian exports of military goods and technology

For the 2012 and 2013 calendar years, Canada’s total exports of military goods and technology amounted to approximately $1.72 billion.

The major share ($1.15 billion or 67 per cent) went to member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) or non-NATO countries listed on the Automatic Firearms Country Control List destinations.

Saudi Arabia, a non-NATO country included on that list was the largest single destination of Canadian military exports each year, and received $575.1 million in military exports, accounting for 33 per cent of all Canadian military exports.

Five NATO countries were also in the top ten destinations for the same period: the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France and Belgium.

One other of the top ten destinations was non-NATO Australia, which received a combined $46.9 million in military exports.

Source: Department of Foreign Affairs -

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