Below are CJPME's most recent Position Papers. See complete list of all of CJPME's Position Papers


Position Paper: Dangers of Canada-Israel "Public Safety" Cooperation

On March 23, 2008, Canada signed a “Declaration of Intent” with Israel to cooperate on public safety. Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) feels that this agreement was unwise and ill conceived, as it undermines Canadian values of equality and basic freedoms. CJPME believes that Canadians should question both 1) the reasons for Canada’s involvement in such an agreement, and 2) the essence of the envisaged public safety cooperation. CJPME believes that this agreement must be annulled.


Position paper: PROTECTING CANADIAN PEACEKEEPERS IN LEBANON

This position paper contains recommendations to properly follow up on the murder of Canadian peacekeeper Major Paeta Hess-Von Krudener by the Israeli Army on July 25th, 2006.  These recommendations are made subsequent to the issuance on Feb. 1, 2008 of the Canadian Board of Inquiry (BOI) report.


Position Paper: HUMANITARIAN & POLITICAL CRISIS IN GAZA

The following are recommendations in terms of dealing with the Israeli-imposed humanitarian crisis in Gaza, and in terms of stimulating Palestinian unity between the West Bank and Gaza. 


Position Paper: THE ANNAPOLIS PROCESS FOR PALESTINE-ISRAEL

This position paper is a policy recommendation for Canada as negotiations following the Annapolis conference of November, 2007 get under way.  


Position Paper: FOR A RELEVANT & POSITIVE CANADIAN MIDDLE EAST POLICY

The Winter and Spring months of 2007 have been fraught with diplomatic activity in the Middle East, but vacant of much hope. CJPME proposes the following positions to enable Canada to be positively present in the Middle East.


Position Paper: CARTER’S ADVICE FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY

This position paper provides an overview of the summary discussion in former US President Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid. Five recommendations inspired by the book and adapted to Canadian context are listed and their potential benefits explained. 


Position Paper: A CANADIAN RE-ASSESSMENT OF THE DESTRUCTION OF LEBANON

This position paper highlights the causes and repercussions of the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war (also called the 2006 Lebanon war), before listing CJPME’s recommendations to Canada: offer more meaningful assistance to Lebanon, call both parties on their violations of international law and help remove unexploded Israeli munitions in Lebanon.


Position Paper: THE POLITICALLY-IMPOSED HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN GAZA

This position paper looks at the various actions that Canada could take to make a difference in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Such as providing humanitarian aid to Palestinians, calling on both parties to respect international law, urging Israel to stop collective punishment and establishing dialogue with Hamas.


Position paper: ISRAELI-HEZBOLLAH CROSS-BORDER VIOLENCE

This position paper insists on the damages caused by the Israeli-Hezbollah conflict and the importance for Canada to call for an immediate ceasefire and for a suspension of all military supplies in order to avoid more civilian deaths, and to contain a conflict that violates international law.


Position Paper: ISRAELI VIOLENCE IN GAZA

In the month since Israel launched military operations in Gaza on june 28, over 130 Palestinians have been killed, including over 30 children. This position paper urges Canada to condemn the recent acts of Israeli collective punishment (kidnapping Palestinian legislators, attacking electricity and water supplies, closing the bordures and attacking transportation infrastructure) and provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, victims of the violence in Gaza.