Reaching out to Palestinians

Canada is known internationally as a provider for the most needy. This opportunity presents itself now at a critical moment in Palestine.

To the Editor,

It is reassuring to observe that Canada is “back on track” as it relates to foreign policy commitments regarding Israel and Palestine.

Many observers have been puzzled by the recent stance of our government. Having said that, it’s most important now that Canada reach out to ordinary Palestinians who struggle to survive each and every day.

I have just returned from Palestine (and Israel) and was struck by the urgent needs in the health and education sector. These services make a huge difference in the quality of life for the majority of Palestinians trying to make a living and be good neighbours.

Canada has been well known internationally as a generous provider of aid that benefits the most needy. This opportunity presents itself now in Palestine at a critical moment.

Support of this nature can only make for a healthier and more stable, positive partner who is able to negotiate a peaceful solution in an increasingly fractured relationship.

Robert Granke,

executive director,

Canadian Lutheran World Relief