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October 17, 2023

Canadian nurses’ unions call to protect access to health care in Israel and Palestine conflict


The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is echoing the call of the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) for all parties in the face of extreme and escalating violence in Palestine and Israel to respect their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect and allow for full access to health care. The safety of civilians and health care workers must be of paramount importance. Access to health is a human right, and any attack on health care workers and the patients they serve is abhorrent and unacceptable.

We are deeply saddened by the ongoing devastation in the region, and we wish to express our support for and solidarity with nurses and health care workers who continue to deliver emergency care amid the conflict. Access to clean water and electricity must be considered vital for the civilian populations, and the targeting of health care facilities must immediately stop.

Canada’s nurses support the International Council of Nurses #NURSESFORPEACE campaign. We are immensely proud of the courage and strength of those providing much-needed medical care despite the grave dangers. As nurses we urge the Canadian government to join us and immediately call for peace, condemn attacks on health care workers and facilities, and support nurses on the front lines. Visit to learn more and support the campaign.

As we see tensions rise across the globe, we must unite in Canada against racism, Antisemitism and Islamophobia, and collectively call for safety and peace for all.