200+ Canadian Organizations Calling for Canada to Support ICJ Order to Stop Assault on Rafah

May 24, 2024

To: Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly

Cc: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Today, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to stop its assault on the city of Rafah that has already cost far too many innocent lives. We are calling upon Canada to reiterate our call for a ceasefire by supporting that ruling loudly and clearly today. If Canada does not, then we take another step towards signalling a blatant disregard for the international rules-based order.

The ICJ called upon Israel for the following measures as well, in conformity with Israel’s obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, and in view of the worsening conditions of life faced by civilians in Rafah:

  • Immediately halt Israel’s military offensive, and any other action in the Rafah Governorate, which may inflict on Gazans “conditions of life that could bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part”;
  • Keep the Rafah crossing open for unhindered provision at scale of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance; and
  • Take effective measures to ensure the unimpeded access to the Gaza Strip of any commission of inquiry, fact-finding mission or other investigative body mandated by competent organs of the United Nations to investigate allegations of genocide.

More than 900,000 Palestinians have been displaced in just two weeks and lack water, food, and shelter. The President of the ICJ has openly called the humanitarian situation in Rafah ‘disastrous’.

Let us be clear: with tens of thousands of Palestinians killed, with the majority being women and children, and more than 80,000 wounded since the start of the IDF’s assault on Gaza, more than ever, now is the time for action. It is time for Canada, days after the application to the ICC for arrest warrants against Netanyahu, to respect the work of the ICJ and support accountability to be sought from all leaders implicated in war crimes connected to the conflict. That means, additionally, the impositions of sanctions against the Netanyahu government and ensuring that in addition to the current cessation of weapon export permits, there is a full two way weapons embargo.

If Canada truly believes in a sustainable ceasefire, then it is necessary to support the ICJ’s order for a cessation of hostilities in an extremely densely populated area where more than 1.8 million people are currently seeking shelter.

We the undersigned are asking for Canada to unequivocally accept the ICJ’s ruling, in line with Canada’s call for a ceasefire, and support the call for halting its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah and withdraw from the enclave.


National Council of Canadian Muslims

Abu Bakr Islamic Centre
Abu Bakr Society
Abu Huraira Mosque
Ahl-ill Bait Islamic Organization
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama`at Canada
Ajyal Islamic Centre
Al Aqsa Musallah
Al Arqam Islamic Center
Al Hedaya Islamic Center
Al Huda Institute
Al Rashid mosque
Al Rayan Islamic Center – Courtice masjid
Al Salaam Masjid
Al-Iman Masjid
Al-Madinah center
Al-Nadwa Education Islamic Center
Al-Tawakal Musallah
Alberta muslim socail association
Alfaruq center
Alliance of Educators for Muslim Students (AEMS)
Alliston Islamic Center
AMA mosque
Anjuman-E Anwarul Islam of Malton (Malton Masjid)
Anti-Racism Coalition NL (ARC-NL)
Ar Rahman Islamic Organization
Ar-Rabbaniyah Foundation for Islamic Studies Canada
Association Musulmane de Lachine
Ayesha Mosque
Az-Zahraa Islamic Centre
Bait Ul Mukarram Islamic Society
Barrie Masjid
BCMA Masjid Rahmah
Bilal Masjid
Bosnian Islamic Centre of Hamilton
Bramalea Islamic Cultural Centre
Calgary Immigrant Support Society
Calgary Palestinian Council (CPC)
Canadian Council of Imams
Canadian Council of Indian Muslims
Canadian Council of Muslim Women
Canadian Council of Muslim Women – Toronto chapter
Canadian Council of Muslim Women – Montreal chapter
Canadian Islamic Center
Canadian Muslim Civil Liberties Association
Canadian Muslim Healthcare Network
Canadian Muslim Research Think Tank
Canadian Muslims for Palestine
Canadian Muslims for Peace and Justice
Canadian Palestinian Association of Manitoba
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East
Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need
Carleton University Muslim Student Association
Center for Uyghur Studies
Centre Culturel Islamique de la Mauricie
Chatham Islamic centre
Danforth Islamic Centre
Dar Assalam
Darul Khair Center Stouffville
Darul-Hijra Islamic Center
Deaf Muslims of Canada
Deep River Masjid
Doctors For Humanity
Dufferin Muslim Centre
Durham Muslim Alliance
Edmonton Council of Muslim Communities (ECMC)
Egyptian Student Association
Enlightened Path Institute
Fleetwood Islamic Acedamy Society of BC
George Town – Masjid Uthman
Global Care For Humanity
Greatways Accounting Services
Guildford Islamic Cultural Center
Halton Muslim Youth Association
Hamilton downtown mosque
Happy Strong Family
Hikma Public Affairs Council
Huttonville Mosque
Ibrahim Jame Mosque
Imam e Azam Musalla Brampton
International Muslims Organization of Toronto
ISIJ of Toronto
Islamic Association of Bosniaks BC
Islamic association of Nova scotia
Islamic Association of Saskatchewan
Islamic Association of Saskatchewan Yorkton
Islamic Centre of Kingston
Islamic Centre of Southwest Ontario
Islamic Forum of Canada
Islamic Foundaton of Toronto
Islamic Information Society of Calgary (IISC)
Islamic Institute of Toronto
Islamic Shi’a Ithna’Asheri Association of Edmonton
Islamic Society of Cambridge
Islamic Society of Kingston
Islamic Society of Markham
Islamic Society of Niagara Peninsula
Islamic Society of Richmond Hill
Islamic Society of Ridge Meadows
Islamic Society of Vaughan
Islamic Society of york region
Islamic Supreme Council of Canada
ISNA Canada
ITrust Community Center
Jame Abu Bakr Siddique
Jamia Islamia
Jamia Masjid Ali-ul-Murtaza
Jamia Masjid Aulia Allah
Jamia Masjid Ghosul Azam
Jamia Masjid Gunbad-e-Khizra (Green Dome)
Jamia Masjid Noor-e-Madinah (Montreal)
Jamia Masjid Sayyidah Zainab
Jamia Riyadhul Jannah Airdrie
Jamia Riyadhul Jannah Maple Ridge
Jamia Riyadhul Jannah Mississauga
Jamia Riyadhul Jannah Saskatoon
Jerusalem Community Services of Ontario JCSO
Kamloops Islamic Assocition
Kawartha Muslim Religious Association
Khadijah Masjid
Khalid Bin Al-Walid
Langley Islamic Centre
Leduc Islamic Center
Legal Centre for Palestine
London Muslim Mosque
Madinah Masjid – Jamiat Ul Muslemin
Madrasah Tahfeezul Qur’an
Malton Islamic Centre
Manitoba Islamic Assocation
Manitoba Peace Council
Markaz ul Islam
Masjid Abu Bakr Al Siddique
Masjid Aisha – Niagara Falls
Masjid Al Abedeen Islamic Research Center of Canada
Masjid Al Hidaya Toronto
Masjid Al Noor
Masjid al-Farooq Islamic Centre
Masjid Aqsa Brampton
Masjid Bilal Muslim Association
Masjid Darussalam
Masjid e Aqsa
Masjid Lindsay
Masjid Omar bin Khattab
Masjid Rahmatul-lil-Aalameen ﷺ
Masjid Salaam
Masjid Toronto
Masjid Ul Taqwa
Masjid Yusuf
MCE Mosque
McMaster Muslim Students Association
MD International
Moncton Muslim Association
Muslim Association of Calgary
Muslim Association of Milton
Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador / Masjid Al Noor
Muslim Community of Québec
Muslim Council of Calgary
Muslim Educators Network of Ontario (MENO)
Muslim Medical Association of Canada (MMAC) – University of Alberta Chapter
Muslim Neighbor Nexus
Muslim Student Association – University of Calgary
Muslim Students Association, Simon Fraser University
Muslim Students’ Association – University of Alberta
Muslim Students’ Association at SAIT
Muslim Voices for Palestine
Muslim Women of Durham Region
Muslimah Empowered Chapter
Muslims of Shelburne Centre Masjid
NDG mosque
Newmarket Islamic Centre
Nisa Foundation
Nova Scotia Islamic Community Center
Orangeville Musalla
Ottawa Muslim Association
Ottawa Muslim Community Services
Pakistan Canada Association
Palestine Advocacy Club – University of Calgary
Palestine Advocacy Club SAIT
Palestine House Association (PHA) – Calgary
Palestine House-Toronto
Palestine Solidarity Kamloops
Pickering Palestinian Association
RAHMA Foundation
Razavi Community Centre
Relieve Humanity International
Safa and Marwa Islamic School
Sayyidah Aisha Masjid – St Catharines
Scarborough Muslim Association
Scarborough Muslim Cultural Centre
Sisterhood Softball League
SNMC Mosque
South Nepean Muslim Community
Spiritual Society Mosque
Subhan Islamic Association
Syedah Khadijah Center
Syyadina Omar Farooq Scarborough
Taaseen Musalla
Tawheed Community Centre
Thaqalayn Muslim Association Concordia
The BC Muslim Association
The Clear Islam Information Center
The Council of Islamic Guidance
The Quran Project
Think for Actions
Thompson River University Muslim Student Association
Timmins Islamic Centre
Toronto Islamic Center and Community Services
United Muslim Organizations of Ottawa-Gatineau
University of Ottawa Muslim Students Association
University of Prince Edward Island Muslim Student Association
University of Toronto Mississauga Muslims Students’ Association
University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union
UofT Muslim Student’s Association
Vancouver jamia masjid
Vernon Mosque & Islamic Centre
Windsor Islamic Association
Windsor mosque
Winnipeg Central Mosque
York Region Muslim
Zainabiya Islamic Centre