Why BDS? For Canadians
Why boycott Israel, and what the demands of the BDS movement are. The logic for BDS explained, with a Canadian flavour.
BDS in Canada - Just do it!
Great pointers on how to use BDS Sticky Notes to identify products for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS.)
BDS Frequently asked questions #1
BDS - FAQ, answering: 1) Why does BDS only target Israel? 2) Is BDS anti-Semitic? and 3) Does BDS seek to destroy Israel?
Montreal, August 8, 2016 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) enthusiastically applauds the Green Party’s decision to support the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. “By voting overwhelmingly in support of this BDS resolution, Green Party members demonstrate their deep concern for the human rights of indigenous Palestinians,” asserted Thomas Woodley, president of CJPME. BDS is a movement applying economic pressure on Israel until it respects the human rights of Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza.Continue readingMontreal, 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)Continue reading
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.Continue readingThe 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.Continue reading
CJPME Political Blog, Oct.21, 2016 My organization has joined in the sponsorship of 9 different Syrian refugee families. Some of the files were submitted as early as 2015; all have been approved; yet not a single refugee has arrived. There are thousands of sponsoring groups in Canada in a position identical to ours.Continue readingCJPME Political Blog, Oct.12, 2016 Over thirteen years ago, the excitement was palpable. In early June, 2003, Air Canada was about to launch its inaugural non-stop flight from Montreal to Beirut. Thousands of Lebanese-Canadians had bought their tickets for the summer, delighted to avoid tiresome layovers in Europe on the way to visit friends and family.Continue reading
CJPME Factsheet 201, published August 12, 2013: This factsheet explores the orgins of Wahhabism in the Arabian Penninsula and how it rose to political prominence in Saudi Arabia. The factsheet also explores how the state of Saudi Arabia promotes Wahhabi ideology, and how Wahhabism influences extremist movements around the world.Continue readingCJPME Factsheet 200, published May, 2016: On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Ontario’s legislature voted down private member’s Bill 202 which would have prevented the provincial government from entering into contract with individuals or entities supporting the BDS movement. This factsheet summarizes the objectives of the BDS movement before explaining why the Ontario Bill 202 is not constitutional.Continue reading
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