Canada Mourns Loss of Three Israeli Teens, Calls for Justice

June 30, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today released the following statement:

“I was personally dismayed to hear the horrific news that three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach, were found murdered near Hebron.

“My prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to their families and friends and all Israelis who have been emotionally awaiting their safe return. Canada will be represented at the shivas by our ambassador to Israel, to pay our respects and mourn with all Israelis.

“Terror must never be allowed to stand in the face of any country or people that aspires to bring peace and prosperity to their citizens. Israel is a country that faces unimaginable threats from terrorist organizations, like Hamas, on a daily basis. Canada has, and will always condemn murderous terrorist attacks like we’ve seen today.

“Canada hopes that the perpetrators of this heinous act are swiftly brought to justice, and we call on the Palestinian Authority to work with Israeli authorities toward this end.

“We stand with all Israelis on this painful day, and we offer Canada’s unwavering support as they mourn the loss of three young men who were taken from their families and friends far too early.”

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