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Statement on Iranian Call for Genocide

Honourable Senators,

On June 3rd, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted a tweet calling for the genocide of the Jewish People.  The tweet read:

“Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken.  Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated, it is possible and it will happen.”

This reprehensible call demonstrates yet again the depravity of the Iranian Regime.

Honourable Senators, these were not hollow words. 

Yesterday, the Palestinian Authority acknowledged that Tehran is fully financing and coordinating the deadly Hamas incursions on the Gaza border.  This includes the most recent tactic of attaching firebombs to kites in Gaza and launching them into Israeli farmland, causing millions of dollars in damage and putting Israeli lives at risk.

If this was not troubling enough, in an act of blackmail, the head of Iran’s atomic agency confirmed that Ayatollah Khamenei ordered officials to step up uranium enrichment if the JCPOA nuclear deal fails.

Combined, these recent events should form a strong reminder – if one was needed - that the current Regime in Iran is not one worthy of re-engagement negotiations and is not one that should ever be described as moderate.

It is clear that the decision of the Government of Canada to sever diplomatic ties in 2013 was the right one.

I ask all honourable senators to join me in demanding that the Government of Canada continue to suspend ties with Iran until such time as there is a regime change.

Thank you.

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