CJPME cordially invites Canadians to a talk by Tariq Ramadan, philosopher, writer and academic, as he speaks to the challenges facing our societies today. Dr. Ramadan will deliver a political talk entitled, “Creating Thriving Societies in Troubling Times,” in five Canadian cities: Calgary, Edmonton, London, Mississauga and Toronto. Please join us for this political lecture by Prof. Ramadan’s which will center on the upheavals facing the Middle East, Europe and North America: e.g. the ongoing conflicts, the shifting alliances, the international terrorist incidents, the East-West perceptions, the massive refugee movements, etc. Ramadan's talk will be followed by a Q&A period.Continue reading
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, Dec. 5, 2016 — Over the weekend, at a federal Green Party Special General Meeting (SGM), Green members voted 84% in favour of economic sanctions on Israel because of its violations of Palestinian human rights. “This is a landmark decision in Canadian politics,” declared Thomas Woodley, President of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. “This vote reflects Canadians’ anger about the West’s failure to bring peace in Israel-Palestine, and a desire to see an end to Israel’s human rights abuses.” While the new resolution does not specifically cite the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS), its precepts align perfectly with those of BDS, including calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions.Continue readingMontreal, December 1, 2016 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) denounces the passage of an Ontario motion condemning BDS. The BDS movement – standing for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions – seeks to non-violently pressure the Israeli government to fulfill its human rights obligations under international law. “This motion will surely put a chill on free speech in Ontario vis-à-vis Israel’s human rights abuses,” asserted Thomas Woodley, President of CJPME. “It is a sad day when Ontario seeks to censure individuals for their political views.”Continue reading
Since June, 2003, the Canadian government has refused to grant a license for flights between Montreal and Beirut. In the meantime, British Airways, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Air France and other airline companies have launched and maintained regular direct flights to the capital of Lebanon. It is estimated that the number of Lebanese-Canadians in the Montreal area is close to 250,000. It is believed that the Lebanese-Canadian community is the largest ethnic community which is not served by a direct flight. Even Denis Coderre asserted that his dream is to have a direct flight Montreal-Beirut. The only obstacle to airlines establishing this service is the fact that the Canadian government refuses to grant the necessary licenses.Continue readingThis Thursday, Dec. 1st, a Conservative MPP will propose a motion to the Ontario legislature to condemn the BDS movement. The BDS movement – standing for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) – pressures Israel economically to respect the human rights of Palestinians. Such a motion violates our right to free expression, and defames defenders of human rights.Continue reading
CJPME Political Blog, December 1, 2016:Continue readingCJPME Political Blog, Nov. 17, 2016: Until I looked more closely at Governor General David Johnston’s recent trip to the Middle East, I was totally oblivious to the fact that Canada funds programs to help Palestinian women. Long concerned about the plight of women in the Middle East, I was thrilled to learn that Canada funds a CARE International program to increase Palestinian women’s access to the labour force.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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