July 20, 2024

Canada wavers on military exports to Israel under pressure to suspend shipments

Canada has stopped issuing export permits for selling military equipment to Israel, according to one person familiar with the matter

Canada has stopped issuing export permits to companies looking to sell military equipment to Israel, according to one person familiar with the matter.

The source says that Mélanie Joly’s office has issued instructions to staff at Global Affairs Canada to delay issuing permits that are required for weapons, firearms and components that could have a military use.

The Department of Global Affairs would not comment on the information beyond maintaining a fiction that it has not received, and therefore not approved, any export permits for weapons to Israel.

Documents obtained under Access to Information legislation by online publication The Maple make clear that the Canadian government has authorized $28.5 million of military export permits since the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas.

Israel was a top 10 destination for Canadian equipment covered by the annual Export of Military Goods report to Parliament in 2021, with exports worth $26.8 million, even though the government says it does not send full weapons systems (the largest sales categories tend to be “aircraft equipment” and “electronic equipment”).

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