Parliamentary petition initiated by David Mivasair targets IDF recruitment in Canada

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David Mivasair

Rabbi David Mivasair is a member of Independent Jewish Voices Canada and a long-time active member of the New Democratic Party (NDP). Resident of Hamilton, ON Mivasair worked at Vancouver’s Ahavat Olam progressive synagogue and First United Church homeless shelter.

Here the text of petition e-3337 initiated by David Mivasair petition and authorized by NDP (New Democratic Party) MP Matthew Green (Hamilton Centre):

e-3337 (Justice)


Initiated by David Mivasair from Hamilton, Ontario

Petition details

Petition to the Minister of Justice


The Foreign Enlistment Act states: “Any person who, within Canada, recruits or otherwise induces any person or body of persons to enlist or to accept any commission or engagement in the armed forces of any foreign state or other armed forces operating in that state is guilty of an offence.”;

The Israeli consulate in Toronto has advertised on several occasions an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) representative available for personal appointments for those wishing to join the IDF, not just those who are required to do mandatory service;

The IDF has shot and injured at least two Canadian citizens since 2015;

The IDF has repeatedly contravened the Fourth Geneva Convention, and illegally attacked Syria and Lebanon by missile or by drone;

Israel is a nuclear power

The Ambassador of Canada conducted an event on January 16, 2020 honouring Canadians serving in the IDF; and

A formal complaint has been filed regarding recruiting taking place within Canada to enlist persons into the IDF.

We, the undersigned, citizens or residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Justice to undertake a thorough investigation of those who have recruited or facilitated recruiting for the Israel Defense Forces, and, if warranted, lay charges against those involved in recruiting and encouraging recruiting for the IDF.


Open for signature

April 19, 2021, at 10:24 a.m. (EDT)

Closed for signature

August 17, 2021, at 10:24 a.m. (EDT)

Member of Parliament

Matthew Green

Hamilton Centre

New Democratic Party Caucus