Canada Joins Israel in Blocking Hamas at UNHRC (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gavriel Queenann 03/20/12)
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Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird joined Israel in blocking a
senior Hamas official from addressing a session of the UN Human
Baird said he´d been "troubled" to learn Ismail Al-Ashqar had been
scheduled to appear at a session on the human rights body in Geneva.
"As soon as I learned of this matter, I instructed our delegation in
Geneva to make our opposition known at the highest levels and in the
strongest of terms," he said.
"I also instructed the Canadian delegation not to attend any meeting
or function where this individual was or might be present. I am
pleased to note that the accreditation has since been revoked."
Baird´s decision came after Israel´s ambassador the United Nations,
Ron Prosor, filed a formal complaint asking Al-Ashqar be removed from
the UNHRC schedule.
It was reported the UN chief in Geneva later prevented Al-Ashqar from
entering the session, and requested he leave UN compound in Geneva as
The move came after Israel filed an official compliant when it was
learned Hamas lawmaker Ismail Al-Ashqar was scheduled to attend.
Israel, the European Union, the United States, Canada, and Japan all
classify Hamas – which actively targets Israeli civilians while
seeking the destruction of the Jewish state – as a terror
Last January, Baird and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney put up
a "not welcome" sign for members of Hamas who might attend an
International Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting in Quebec City this
fall. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/20/12)
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