...since the Trudeau government promised to condemn BDS activists, and has done nothing!
We're still waiting for your condemnation, Justin Trudeau!
On Feb. 22, 2016, the Canadian Parliament passed a motion committing to "condemn any and all attempts" by Canadian "organizations, groups or individuals" to promote the BDS movement. This is an absurd and offensive motion which tramples on Canadians' Charter right to freedom of expression. 3000 Canadians have already signed CJPME's "Go ahead, make my day, condemn me" Petition, daring the government to condemn Canadians for exercising their Charter rights to stand up for dispossessed peoples. For weeks now, the Canadian government has been too scared either to 1) condemn Canadians for exercising their freedom of expression for BDS, 2) renounce this bizarre and insulting motion, or 3) admit that it passed the motion to intimidate critics of Israel, or worse, to score a few political points at the expense of Canadians' right to free speech.
Montreal, May 3, 2016 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joined with other important community organizations signing an open letter applauding the success of York University President Mamdouh Shoukri at creating an inclusive and respectful environment for York students. The organizations addressed the letter to York U. President Shoukri, and thanked him for the meaningful and effective ways he had dealt with various controversies at York U.Continue readingMontreal, April 27, 2016 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joined with over a dozen prominent Canadian human rights groups signing an open letter opposing the recent issuance of export permits for Canada’s $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The list of Canadian organizations signing the open letter is impressive, and includes Amnesty International Canada, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, the Rideau Institute and others. The organizations addressed the letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and demanded that the government rescind the export permits for the arms deal, many of which have been recently signed.Continue reading
Last week, a Conservative-sponsored motion was launched in Canada’s parliament calling for the condemnation of organizations and individuals promoting the “Boycott Israel” (i.e. BDS) movement. The vote is due to take place Monday, February 22, 2016. Even if you see this alert after the 22nd, please go ahead and email your MP, as he/she should still hear how you feel on this issue.Continue readingMany in Canada have been angered by the Canadian government's reluctance to help Syrian refugees, whether via humanitarian aid, or via the acceptance of refugees in Canada. Canadians should demand that their politicians do more to concretely help Syrian refugees, and to put pressure on ministers to act promptly and compassionately. Using the form below, please write to your MP, and let him/her know of your demand that more be done for Syrian refugees. Stephen Harper and other party leaders will also be copied on the email. Note: Given the fact that Canada is in an elections cycle, the tool that CJPME is using may only find your provincial senators. Please go ahead and send your email; CJPME is working on a solution to this issue. We apologize in advance for any issues or inconvenience.Continue reading
CJPME Political Blog, Feb. 23, 2016: Dear Mr. Trudeau Given that the House of Commons yesterday passed a motion calling the government “to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad,” I anxiously await your condemnation. Although I regret that I have not had the opportunity to promote the BDS movement abroad, I have done my utmost to promote it in Canada. I note that you are required to condemn “any and all” attempts to promote BDS, so I will list as many of my attempts as I can think of below.Continue readingCJPME Political Blog, June 26, 2015: Not since the early 1970s has Egypt been so militarily active in the Middle East. The calamitous legacy of Egypt’s previous military engagements in Yemen and Israel had long deterred an active military response to regional insecurity. Yet, under the emboldened leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt has expanded police and military operations in the Sinai Peninsula, and it has been playing a pivotal role in countering Islamic State activities in eastern Libya and in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen. Indeed, this bellicose strategy signals a clear break from abstention in regional conflicts.Continue reading
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