Canada-Israel Committee Applauds Canadian Sanctions Against Iran

OTTAWA, July 26 /CNW/ - The Canada-Israel Committee (CIC) expressed full support for the Federal government's decision to expand Canada's sanctions targeted at the Iranian regime.

The sanctions, activated through the Special Economic Measures Act, restrict Canadian economic cooperation with Iran in a variety of strategic sectors, including: petroleum; banking; and, research and development. Significantly, the measures also prohibit the provision of services to any ship associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). Although initiated independently, Canada's sanctions take effect in coordination with international measures undertaken by key western allies in Europe and the U.S. The global effort is intended to peacefully divert Iran from its drive to acquire nuclear weaponry.

"The Iranian regime continues to brutally oppress the people of Iran, arm terrorist networks around the world and refuses to abandon its nuclear weapons program," said CIC National Chair, Moshe Ronen. "By confronting the Iranian regime with innovative, peaceful measures to avert its nuclear ambitions, Canada is assuming a leadership role in this crucial international effort."

The government's announcement comes on the heels of expanded global sanctions, adopted by the UN Security Council in June. Since its nuclear program was uncovered in 2002, Iran - controlled by a theocratic council - has flouted all international negotiations and incentives to halt its drive towards nuclear weapons capacity.

"The Canada-Israel Committee has worked hard with all political parties in Ottawa to make the case for tough, peaceful measures against Iran's nuclear program," commented Shimon Fogel, the CEO of the Canada-Israel Committee. "A nuclear Iran will destabilize the region and only encourage further human rights abuses. We are very grateful that the Canadian government, with the support of opposition members, has taken the lead in confronting the regime now."

SOURCE Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA)

For further information: For further information: Shimon Fogel, CEO, at: 613-234-8271

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