PBI-Canada tweet of Apache helicopter with Canadian components goes viral
On Monday December 18, we shared on social media a photo of an Israeli helicopter firing a missile while flying over northern Gaza the previous day.
The photo in the CBC News article is by Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images.
We highlighted that there are Canadian parts in Apache helicopters.
Boeing has noted: “Canadian partners provide aerospace parts for all Boeing commercial airplane models and nearly all defence programs, including the AH-64 Apache, V-22 Osprey and CH-47 rotorcraft, F/A-18 and F-15 fighter aircraft, P-8A maritime patrol aircraft, the C-17 Globemaster III airlifter and aircraft trainers.”
The tweet went viral when it was quote-tweeted by Member of Parliament Niki Ashton.
PBI-Canada supports the call for a ceasefire.
We have also highlighted the calls from various organizations for both an arms embargo and a two-way arms embargo.
On December 14, Project Ploughshares released this report and highlighted: “The gravity of this situation calls for immediate action to ensure Canada is meeting its domestic and international obligations to mitigate the risk of contributing to violations of international law, for example, violations of international humanitarian law (IHL), including possible war crimes, in Gaza. Given the substantial risk that Canadian military goods could contribute to such abuses in Gaza, Canada must immediately halt all transfers of weapons to Israel.”
Furthermore, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) along with more than 170 organizations have called for a two-way arms embargo on Israel: “As Israel continues to import weapons, with over USD 4 billion annually from the US and Germany alone, it has also established itself as a leader in the cybersecurity and surveillance industry and is among the world’s largest exporters of weapons, ranking tenth in 2022. Such technologies are often promoted as having been successfully tested on the Palestinian population in the context of Israel’s long-standing occupation during which they have also often been developed. Our organisations therefore further demand that States put an end to and denounce imports of arms and surveillance technology from Israel.”
We further highlighted in our tweet the hashtag #StopCANSEC.
That’s because Boeing is both a sponsor and an exhibitor at the CANSEC arms show that is scheduled to take place this coming May 29-30, 2024.
To read more about the popular mobilizations against CANSEC, please see this World Beyond War Canada webpage.