Honorary Canadian Citizenship for Gilad Shalit sign now

To the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism

Whereas on June 25th, 2006 Gilad Shalit, a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, was abducted by terrorists who had ambushed an Israeli military post on the Israeli side of the Gaza Strip border during which two IDF soldiers were killed and during which Gilad Shalit suffered extensive injuries after his tank was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade; and

Whereas almost four years since his abduction, Gilad Shalit remains a captive of a terrorist group; and

Whereas Gilad Shalit has been denied consular visits or access to representatives of the International Red Cross despite repeated entreaties; and

Whereas Gilad Shalit has been threatened with physical harm and death if the demands of terrorists are not met; and

Whereas a United Nations fact-finding mission overseen by Judge Richard Goldstone issued a report in September of 2009 explicitly calling for Gilad Shalit to be released; and

Whereas governments around the world, including those of Paris, Rome, Miami and New Orleans have granted honorary citizenship to Gilad Shalit both as a gesture of solidarity and to assist diplomatic pressure in securing his release; and

Whereas the government of Canada has previously bestowed honorary citizenship upon such people as Raoul Wallenberg, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso; and

Whereas Canada and Israel are important international allies with a long history of friendship between our two nations;

We petition the Parliament of Canada to pass a symbolic resolution bestowing honorary Canadian citizenship upon Gilad Shalit.

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