Toronto Star Columnist Linda McQuaig Triggered By Anti-Hamas Comments From Justin Trudeau

Linda McQuaig, one of the Toronto Star’s most vehement anti-Israel ideologues, published an opinion column on May 30 entitled: “Justin Trudeau says he respects international law. His actions this week say otherwise,” where she fawned over the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, a son of a Pakistani Muslim immigrant, who days earlier requested arrest warrants for senior Israeli leaders, alongside the leaders of Hamas.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a step away from his frequent assailing of Israel, commented that he opposed the “equivalency between the democratically elected leaders of Israel and the bloodthirsty terrorists that lead up Hamas.”

That obvious statement – that a liberal democratic state is not equal to a fanatical Islamic terrorist organization – ruffled McQuaig’s feathers, saying his comments represented a “very disappointing response from Canada,” describing the ICC effort was a “major step forward in advancing a key aspect of international law.”

Hamas, a jihadist organization which rapes, murders, tortures, dismembers and kidnaps innocent civilians, part of its quest to destroy Israel, is clearly guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

McQuaig wrote that the significance of Israel being targeted is that it is the “first ICC attempt to prosecute a leader of a country with strong ties to the West…”

Rather than being evidently curious by the fact that only one Western liberal democratic state, Israel, has been targeted by the ICC, McQuaig took it as a given fact that Jerusalem is guilty of war crimes.

As supposed evidence, she wrote that Khan “Appointed to numerous statements by Israeli leaders, including by (Defense Minister) Gallant two days after Hamas’ murderous raid into Israel: ‘We are imposing a complete siege on the Gaza Strip. There will be no electricity, no food, no water, no fuel. Everything is closed. We are fighting human animals and we are acting accordingly.’”

This bizarre argument – that bellicose statements from an Israeli leader which was stated immediately after the wholesale slaughter or 1,200 innocent Israelis, somehow equates to war crimes – rests on a foundation of utter ignorance.

Despite such comments from Gallant, Israel has not banned electricity, food, water or anything else. In fact, more food is entering Gaza daily now than was entering before Hamas’ October 7 genocidal attacks.

Furthermore, in its counter-terrorism operations against Hamas in Gaza, Israel has taken unprecedented steps to minimize civilian casualties in war and has achieved a lower proportion of civilian casualties than perhaps any country in the history of modern warfare.

To the ICC’s Karim Khan, and to The Toronto Star’s Linda McQuaig, applauding him from the sidelines like an impressionable fan seeing a celebrity, actions – and factual accuracy – means next to nothing.

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