TODAY: Canadian House of Commons to vote on a ceasefire and an arms embargo on the Israeli military

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With thousands of emails generated and public opinion solidly on side with a ceasefire, how will Members of Parliament vote today?

This motion will be voted on today (Monday March 18 at around 4 pm ET). It calls on the Government of Canada to demand an immediate ceasefire and the release of all hostages; suspend all trade in military goods and technology with Israel and increase efforts to stop the illegal trade of arms, including to Hamas; and more.

Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) has generated 31,132 emails in support of this motion.

Leadnow has generated another 11,754 actions.

And Climate for Palestine has generated 11,844 emails.

We also now see that a Neighbours United for Palestine petition on the Action Network has generated 41,927 letters.

Angus Reid poll

Last month, polling by the Angus Reid Institute found that: “Half (49%) of Canadians now want a full and lasting cessation of the conflict, while one-in-six (17%) believe if a ceasefire is called it should only be temporary. Approaching one-in-five (18%) believe no ceasefire should be called at this time. In November, Canadians leaned towards believing the ceasefire should be temporary (35%) rather than permanent (30%).”

41% of Canadians believe Israel committing genocide

Angus Reid polling also shows that “a plurality of Canadians (41%) believe Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, while one-in-three (32%) disagree.”

We will be watching the vote today.

Peace Brigades International has called for an immediate ceasefire, for Israel to implement the provisional order of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to take measures to prevent genocide in Gaza, and for the international community to call for a suspension of the supply of arms to Israel and the armed groups involved in the conflict.

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