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    Joint Statement: Canadian Organizations thank Ontario Legislature for voting down Bill 202

    Montreal, May 24, 2016 - On May 19, the Ontario Legislature blocked the passage of Bill 202 which would have imposed sweeping economic sanctions on Canadian entities and individuals who support BDS.  A group of Canadian organizations has come to together to applaud the blockage of this bill in a joint statement.  These organizations include: Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME – CJPMO) The Canadian Muslim Forum (CMF – FMC) Palestinian Canadian Congress (PCC – CPC) The United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine-Israel (UNJPPI) Independent Jewish Voices (IJV - VJI)  
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    Ontario Bill 202 criminalizes criticism of Israel

    Montreal, May 19, 2016  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) denounces Ontario Bill 202 as an affront to free speech in Ontario.  CJPME points out that Bill 202 both attacks Canadians’ right to express themselves through boycott action, and smears an entire movement of human rights activists by accusing them of anti-Semitism.  Bill 202, the so-called “Standing Up Against Anti-Semitism in Ontario Act,” would prevent entities from entering into contract with provincial institutions if these entities support the “BDS” human rights movement based in Israel-Palestine.  BDS stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” and is a movement to put economic pressure on Israel so that it respects the human rights of Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.  
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    Please help: 30 seconds to show support for BDS resolutions

    The Green Party of Canada has been attacked by the pro-Occupation lobby in Canada over two resolutions proposed for the party’s convention in August. The first resolution expresses support for the “Boycott Israel” movement (BDS), and the second resolution challenges the charitable status in Canada of an organization (the JNF) that participates in Israel’s human rights abuses against Palestinians. The pro-Occupation lobby has gotten hundreds of people to complain to Green Party leader Elizabeth May. Let’s match that, and show the Green Party that Canadians support these resolutions.
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    Canadians in opposition to the Saudi Arms Deal

    The struggle for justice and peace in the Middle East is happening at home in Canada as successive Conservative and Liberal governments sustain a $15 billion arms deal for Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) with Saudi Arabia. Early in 2016, the Liberal government granted the required "export permits" for the deal despite the fact that the sale of the LAVs would be in clear violation of both the word and spirit of Canada's export controls.  CJPME and other Canadian human rights groups have highlighted the incompatibilities between the granting of the permits, and Saudi Arabia's appalling record of human rights abuses.
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    Awaiting the Trudeau Government's Condemnation

    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. 
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    The Paradox of Egypt’s Militarism and Legitimacy

    CJPME 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. 
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