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Jul 19, 2019 at 12:00 AM
VANCOUVER – Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is outraged by the federal government’s refusal to respond substantively to irrefutable evidence of violations of the Income Tax Act by a registered Canadian charity.

Yesterday, the government issued its official response to IJV’s formal, legal Parliamentary e-petition, signed by over 3,500 Canadians, calling on the Jewish National Fund of Canada’s (JNF Canada) charitable status to be revoked due to their numerous, grave, persistent violations of the Income Tax Act. The government’s response was simply a reiteration of the same response IJV and other concerned parties have been receiving from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) for decades — that the auditing process is confidential, and that the CRA ensures that registered charities are held accountable for violations of the Income Tax Act accordingly.

“My village is one of three villages that were depopulated in 1967, and with the aid of the JNF, illegally demolished by Israeli forces," said Dr. Ismail Zayid of Halifax, a signatory to the comprehensive complaint to the CRA which formed the basis of IJV’s e-petition. "Today, lands belonging to my hometown of Beit Nuba, along with the villages of Yalu and Imwas, are covered over by JNF Canada’s flagship project, ‘Canada Park’."

“For over four decades, defenders of the human rights of Palestinians have been petitioning the CRA to revoke JNF Canada’s charitable status for its appalling discrimination against Palestinians,” said Rabbi David Mivasair, IJV spokesperson, and another signatory to the comprehensive complaint against JNF Canada’s serial violations of the Income Tax Act. “Canadians who see that the CRA refuses to do its job, which, based on the evidence, requires it to revoke JNF Canada’s charitable status, have serious concerns about government bias in favour of certain groups and against others.” 

“By failing to apply Canadian tax law to JNF Canada’s support for the Israeli military, entrenchment of Israel’s illegal activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, projects that take Palestinian land and exclude them from it, and other egregious activities,” continued Mivasair, “the Canadian government is sending a clear message: it doesn’t regard Palestinian lives as worthy. This is beyond shameful, and shows a disturbing pattern of systemic racism against Palestinians by this government.”

“IJV is discussing the government’s response with our legal support team, and will consider next steps to ensure that Canada's tax law is upheld and JNF Canada is held accountable for its actions. If the CRA refuses to uphold Canadian law in light of substantial and irrefutable evidence, how can Canadians be assured that the law of the land is being respected?” concluded Mivasair. 

For media inquiries contact: Judith Muster, IJV Acting National Coordinator, judithm@ijvcanada.org, (647) 570-3924

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Facts and Figures about the Current Darkness in the Gaza Strip

January 23rd 2008

Report from the Palestinian Hydrology Group
  1. Gaza Strip today is facing a very harsh siege which is expected to have severely negative humanitarian impact.
  2. The distribution of drinking water and the collection and treatment of wastewater completely rely on electricity and fuel in Gaza Strip.
  3. For several months now Israel has imposed a cruel siege on the Strip preventing people and goods from free movement. This has immobilized the importing of spare parts, pumps, pipes and other necessary accessories for the water and sanitation providing facilities.
  4. According to different sources the water and sanitation services are expected to be completely paralyzed within a matter of hours due to the lack of fuel reserves.
  5. About 133 water wells are being used for domestic purposes in addition to 33 sewage pump stations and three treatment plants; 10 of these groundwater wells function using fuel while the rest rely on electricity. Diesel powered generators are normally used as backup for the whole system but only for a limited time.
    The Coastal Municipalities Water Utility needs at least 100,000 liters of diesel per month to operate the water system. An additional 100,000 liters of diesel per month are needed for the sewage system to prevent wastewater from flooding the streets and residential areas.
  6. Reducing electricity and fuel supplies are potential causes to trigger an environmental crisis especially in the wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. If wastewater is not treated it will have to be pumped directly to the sea. This will for sure have a direct and negative impact on the groundwater aquifer and marine life.
    During winter time sewage pumps need to operate about 24 hours per day due to rainfall. Therefore, interruptions in fuel and electricity supply would be particularly significant.
  7. The sewage treatment plant in Beit Lahiya is also vulnerable to interruptions in electricity supplies. The treatment lagoons must be pumped regularly, or else the 10,000 people living in the area are in danger.  Six months ago, one of the lagoons over flooded and caused the death of five persons. Proper maintenance could have prevented the disaster.
  8. The water supply in Gaza City, with a total of 600,000 residents, in addition to a major part of the central portion of the Strip is expected to be completely cut-off as a result of ceasing the pumping from the municipal groundwater wells. The City also faces the threat of overflowing wastewater since the pumps (especially Al Samer and Aqoola stations) are expected to stop operating within the next 24 hours.
  9. If the current situation should persist the solid wastes generated in the Strip will accumulate in piles on the streets endangering the health of the locals.

The WaSH Monitoring Program calls on the International Community to push Israel to immediately cease all military operations, reopen the borders to allow the movement of people and goods and provide fuel supply and humanitarian aid to the residents of Gaza.

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