Israeli strike | One of the seven humanitarian workers killed had Beauceron origins

The Canadian-American aid worker who died in an Israeli army strike on Monday had Quebec roots, his family being from Beauce. A fundraising campaign was launched on Wednesday to support his loved ones.

It was the CAQ member for Beauce-Sud, Samuel Poulin, who confirmed on Wednesday that Mr. Flickinger had family roots in Beauce. The elected official also spoke with the mother of the deceased earlier Wednesday. “The war has just taken on a new symbol for the citizens of Beauce,” said Mr. Poulin.

“A man of heart and courage, present to help civilians and children. Words fail us in the face of such horror. War also affects innocent people and humanists,” the MP persisted.

Jacob Flickinger, 33, was among seven aid workers working for World Central Kitchen, an organization helping the Palestinian people with food supplies in Gaza, who were tragically killed by an Israeli airstrike on Monday last.

Veteran of 22e regiment, the man leaves to mourn his partner Sandy and his little boy, barely a year old. “Jacob had been volunteering in Gaza since the beginning of March, helping distribute food to Palestinians. Previously, he had devoted his time to World Central Kitchen (WCK), also carrying out a mission in Mexico,” we can read on the website of said campaign, which had already raised nearly $20,000 by the end of the day Wednesday.

All funds raised will be used to help the family “rebuild” and “to temporarily support themselves, set up a trust fund for their little boy and cover any costs associated with the funeral.”

“An example of courage and strength”

Testimonies paying tribute to Mr. Flickinger began to pour in on social networks on Wednesday. “My son, Jacob, was killed on Monday while delivering food aid to starving families in Gaza. He died doing what he loved and serving others through his work,” his father, John Flickinger, remembered on Facebook.

He is survived by his partner and his young son. Please help if you can as we go through this heartbreaking tragedy.

John Flickinger

Blogger and host, Pierre Lefebvre had worked alongside the man as a cameraman, during a hunting trip in the Yukon. “Jacob is an example of courage and strength. Exceptional physical fitness and a desire to help others in a heroic way,” Mr. Lefebvre wrote on Wednesday.

“To think that I called you at the end of the week to hear from you. (…) Damn war. It was you who influenced my music at the beginning of each of my films,” added Mr. Lefebvre, visibly moved.

“I am honored to have worked with him and touched by his altruism,” recalled Scott Preeper, who is also a former soldier of the 22e regiment.

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All this comes as the bodies of aid workers arrived in Egypt on Wednesday to be repatriated to their respective countries. It is “a serious error” which “should not have happened”, admitted the chief of the Israeli general staff Herzi Halevi, referring to “a bad identification” in “very complex conditions”.

The day before, Israeli President Isaac Herzog presented his “apologies”, his Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referring to a “tragic” strike. WCK, for its part, announced that it would suspend its operations in the region.

In Canada, government representatives held discussions with the ambassador of the Jewish state in Ottawa regarding the Israeli strike, Justin Trudeau confirmed on Wednesday. “We have expressed, as I said, our dismay at the unacceptable deaths of humanitarian workers,” he said.

On the other side of the globe, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese expressed his “anger and concern” to his Israeli counterpart, Poland having announced to summon the Israeli ambassador to discuss “moral, political and “financial” of Israel.

The day before, the United Kingdom had announced that it would summon the Israeli ambassador to express its “unequivocal condemnation” of the Israeli strike.

The UN, for its part, denounced a “contempt for international humanitarian law” and its workers. US President Joe Biden also said he was “outraged”, believing that Israel does not “enough” protect people coming to the aid of the “starving” Palestinian population.

With Agence France-Presse and Mélanie Marquis, The Press

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    Since the start of the war, 196 aid workers have been killed, including 175 from the UN, according to its secretary general, Antonio Guterres.


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