More than 130 Parliamentarians in the UK sign letter citing Canada in call to stop arms exports to Israel

The Guardian reports: “A letter signed by more than 130 parliamentarians to the foreign secretary, David Cameron, highlights action taken by other countries, most recently Canada, which last week announced it would halt all arms exports to Israel.” The article adds: “The letter, coordinated by the Labour Member of Parliament Read more…

Could Canadian-made Colt M4 and MK18 assault rifles be exported for Israeli “civilian security squads”?

Photo: Protest at Colt Canada Corporation plant in Kitchener, Ontario; February 28, 2024. Photo by World Beyond War Canada. On March 18, the House of Commons passed a motion that included an amendment from a Liberal Member of Parliament so that it would read Canada will “cease the further authorization Read more…

Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioner Service withdraws from CANSEC arms show in Ottawa, but why?

The Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) has withdrawn from this year’s CANSEC arms show. It’s not yet known why. The TCS still notes on its website: “Canada’s export-intensive defence and security sector is of critical importance to the country.” The website for the Canadian Association of Defence Read more…

Canada helps 50+ countries access Elbit’s “battle-tested” weapons at CANSEC arms show in Ottawa

Photo: Elbit Systems at CANSEC in 2019. On May 29-30 they will be at Booth 1421/M10 in the EY Centre in Ottawa. The Guardian reports: “Canada will halt future arms sales to Israel following a non-binding vote in the house of commons. The foreign affairs minister, Mélanie Joly, told the Read more…

Will the House of Commons vote on arms exports to Israel have implications for Elbit Systems at the CANSEC arms show?

Video still: Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly rises to vote in favour of the motion to “cease the further authorization and transfer of arms exports to Israel”. Last night, the House of Commons voted 204-118 in favour of a motion that includes a provision on the export of arms to Read more…

Suspending the export of Canadian “military goods” to Israel should also include addressing their transfer via the United States

Photo: The House of Commons. On Monday March 18th, the House of Commons will be voting on this motion that includes the call for Canada to “suspend all trade in military goods and technology with Israel and increase efforts to stop the illegal trade of arms, including to Hamas.” The Read more…

Israel reportedly seeks to import about 30 armoured vehicles made by Brampton, Ontario-based Roshel Inc.

Photo: An Israeli police armoured vehicle drives by as Palestinian Muslim worshipers who were prevented from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque pray outside Jerusalem’s Old City, November 11, 2023. Photo by AP. The CBC reports: “The federal government is deliberately slow-walking a request from Israel for permission to import Canadian-made armoured Read more…

PBI-Canada noted in Canadian Dimension article that links Safran to the RCMP C-IRG and Israeli military

Photo: Blockade of Safran Electronics in Peterborough, February 26. Photo by Irene Suvillaga. Canadian Dimension magazine recently published Direct action confronts Canada-Israel arms trade by Kirsten Francescone and Irene Suvillaga. Their article highlights: “Safran Electronics & Defense Canada Inc. [whose] facility located in the south-end of Peterborough [is] a subsidiary Read more…

Elbit Systems barred from Chilean FIDAE arms show, scheduled to be at CANSEC in Ottawa, May 29-30

Photo: The Elbit Systems Hermes 900 drone at FIDAE. The Chilean government has barred Israeli weapons companies from the upcoming International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE). This prohibition includes Elbit Systems, the largest Israeli military manufacturer that produces 85% of its land-based equipment and 85% of the drones used by the Read more…

Global Affairs Canada provides $450,352.00 to CADSI, UN Special Rapporteurs note arms companies have human rights obligations

Photo: Protest outside the CADSI office in Ottawa on February 13, 2024. The website of the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada shows that the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) has received $450,352.00 from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) over the past two years. That same Read more…