Hamas thanks Canada for backing ceasefire in Gaza: 'We welcome these developments'

Dr. Ghazi Hamad, the senior leader of the Palestinian terror group, praised Canada

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Canada’s controversial support last week of a non-binding United Nations resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza has earned a hearty thank you from Hamas.

In an English-language video statement issued earlier this week by Dr. Ghazi Hamad, the senior leader of the Palestinian terror group praised ceasefire statements from Canada, Australia and New Zealand, describing them as a step in the right direction.

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Despite the United States’ position, the Hamas movement is watching the growing cause by several Western governments to end the aggression on Gaza,” he said in the five-minute video.

“In addition to the other calls worldwide demanding immediate ceasefire in Gaza strip — the last of which was a statement by Canada, Australia, and New Zealand backing sustainable ceasefire in Gaza — we welcome these developments and consider them in the right direction toward isolating the fascist Israeli government globally and ending the longest ever occupation in our modern time.”

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In the video, consisting of Hamad standing in front of a still image of the Al Aqsa Mosque, he described Israel’s attempt to eliminate Hamas from Gaza as a “genocide.”

Hamas was responsible for the Oct. 7 massacre in which heavily armed and well-equipped fighters breached the border fence to conduct a campaign of kidnapping, rape and murder against Israeli men, women and children.

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Just weeks after that attack, Hamad told Lebanese TV news that Oct. 7 attacks would be repeated until Israel was destroyed.

“Israel is a country that has no place on our land,” said in footage translated into English by the Middle East Media Research Group (MEMRI).

“We must remove that country, because it constitutes a security, military and political catastrophe to the Arab and Islamic nation and must be finished.”

He said that Hamas “must teach Israel a lesson,” and said that everyday Palestinians are willing to “pay the price.”

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Canada’s support for Gaza since the attacks has garnered criticism.

Israel-based charity watchdog NGO Monitor took exception with some of the charities involved in the federal government’s Gaza humanitarian donation matching program, claiming that four of the groups had links to proscribed terror organizations.

That program, facilitated by Humanitarian Coalition, raised $28 million for Gaza and the West Bank.

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