Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has called on Israel to exercise “maximum restraint” in Gaza and stop killing innocent women, children and babies.
Speaking on Nov. 14, Trudeau said that it was heart-wrenching to see the “human tragedy that is unfolding in Gaza, especially the suffering we see in and around the Al-Shifa hospital.“
“I have been clear that the price of justice cannot be the continued suffering of all Palestinian civilians,” he said. “Even wars have rules. All innocent life is equal in worth, Israeli and Palestinian.”
He urged the Israeli government to exercise maximum restraint but did not call for a ceasefire.
“The world is watching on TV and social media. We’re hearing the testimonies of doctors, family members, survivors, kids who’ve lost their parents. The world is witnessing this the killing of women and children, of babies,” he said, adding that it has to stop.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netnayahu then directly responded to Trudeau on X, denying that Israel was deliberating targeting civilians.
“It is not Israel that is deliberately targeting civilians but Hamas that beheaded, burned and massacred civilians in the worst horrors perpetrated on Jews since the Holocaust,” Netanyahu wrote.
“It is Hamas not Israel that should be held accountable for committing a double war crime – targeting civilians while hiding behind civilians,” Netanyahu wrote.
The same evening, customers at a restaurant in Vancouver confronted Trudeau and started yelling at him to call for a ceasefire.
Trudeau left the restaurant shortly after and went to another restaurant, where about 250 protesters showed up to demand a ceasefire.
Canada abstained in a UN resolution calling for a humanitarian ceasefire in October, and Trudeau has so far not called for a ceasefire, opting only to urge for humanitarian pauses.