CJPME launches creative new “boycott Israel” campaign; defies Spineless Parliamentarians


PR-Image.pngMontreal, February 19, 2015
 — In light of ridiculous theatre in Canada’s parliament this week, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) openly launches a creative new campaign to deepen the “Boycott Israel” movement in Canada.  CJPME was specifically cited in the parliamentary motion targeting organizations supporting economic action against Israel, and CJPME has launched its new campaign in response.  CJPME’s campaign invites Canadians from across the country to sign up for a packet of free “Boycott Israel” sticky notes.  CJPME invites Canadians to go to local stores and post these on Israeli merchandise, thus warning potential buyers against buying products from Israel.  

The “Boycott Israel” sticky notes read: “WARNING!  DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.  Made in Israel: A country violating international law, the 4th Geneva Convention, and fundamental human rights.  STAND UP FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. Boycott Israel until it respects international law.  http://bdsmovement.net  #BDS.”

EmailPhoto2-copy.pngCJPME’s new campaign is part of the broader international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) targeting Israel with economic pressure until it respects international law.  Israel is in long-time violation of dozens of UN resolutions, and has been regularly cited for human rights violations against Palestinians for literally decades.  CJPME tends to focus on the "B" (Boycott) part of the movement, as CJPME seeks to promote aspects of the BDS movement in which the majority of Canadians can participate in support of human rights in Israel-Palestine.

The BDS is a legitimate means of protest and pressure, is neither “anti-Israel” nor “anti-Semitic,” and is in response from a specific 2005 call from Palestinian civil society.  The BDS movement is deliberately non-violent, is grounded in principles of international law, and condemns unjust behaviour. When the injustices perpetrated by Israel end, so will the BDS action.  CJPME observes that the goals of BDS actually align with Canada’s official foreign policy positions on Israel-Palestine.

“Like many Canadians, I am shocked and upset by politicians’ seeming willingness to threaten and undermine our cherished Canadian right of freedom of speech,” declared Thomas Woodley, President of CJPME.  “Even if they may disagree with our words or our actions, politicians with any conscience would still stand up for our right to voice our opinion,” continued Woodley.  CJPME has launched its new “Boycott Israel” sticky note campaign in direct response to parliament’s ill-conceived motion and threats. 

CJPME also points out that there are many blatant errors in the Conservative Party’s motion against BDS, and encourages Canadian media and politicians to take the time to understand the written and legal basis for BDS. 

About CJPME – Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is a non-profit and secular organization bringing together men and women of all backgrounds who labour to see justice and peace take root again in the Middle East. Its mission is to empower decision-makers to view all sides with fairness and to promote the equitable and sustainable development of the region.

For more information, please contact CJPME at 438-380-5410
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East www.cjpme.org

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  • commented 2016-03-03 15:32:23 -0500
    I’m not anti-Semitic, I’m an anti-Murder, there is a difference.

    F*35 you Liberal Party, no difference from Harper’s azz licking of Bibi.

    UGGGGGGGGG
  • commented 2016-02-24 16:38:35 -0500
    To be perfectly honest I used to back Israel and really thought Israel was good and full of good people. But, unlike our Trudeau I began to see rips in this point of view about Israel and I took a walk away from the popular media including our CBC. I began to do research and I found a lot of things about Israel that were numbing. So I further investigated and pursued a path of watching what Israel did and I was astonished.
    I cannot, without losing my integrity to the truth back anything Israel does in its pure cruelty beginning in 1947-8 when 700,000 or so Palestinians were run off their land and out of their homes by the invaders promoted by the West.
    I really do not see how our Canadian government can attack those of us that disagree with the truth and to rush the truth off as lies and to legislate laws banning us from backing the peoples of Palestine corralled by the IDF and treated like crap.
    I think that Trudeau has a lot of growing up to do and he ought to abdicate his role as PM to people who actually can see the truth regarding Israel.
  • commented 2016-02-24 06:26:11 -0500
    I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.
    Evelyn Beatrice Hall
  • commented 2016-02-24 00:01:51 -0500
    Here are more lies by the Israeli trolls!!
    `Perhaps those affiliated with CJPME will have the courage of their convictions and relinquish their mobile phones, cameras, and PCs. I hope that they can get along without USB drives and Flash memory. All of the above were developed or invented in Israel. And please, the next time someone you know is facing a medical problem, like cancer, make sure they don’t use any of the drugs pioneered in Israel or the diagnostic imaging solutions invented there. `

    These are not Israeli inventions and a simple search would show this conclusively. Have courage of your own convictions and stop lying!

    Certainly these inventions could have had some development in Israel because development has been a world wide affair for a long time. So, again quit with your blatant and insipid bloody lies.

    I totally back the BDS movement to help force the Nazi style horror that is growing worse and worse as the Israelis, just as the Nazis did, take everything from the Palestinians and make it theirs.
  • commented 2016-02-23 23:54:54 -0500
    DAN GIN — always, always the chicken shit anti-Semitic ploy. Wa-Wa-Wa!
    No criticism allowed if anyone is Jewish without the damned high pitched whine across the land!
    I wish you`t just talk about the problems rationally with out this continuous hideos slobbering about being picked upon.
    Really what a bunch of wimps!
  • commented 2016-02-23 23:31:37 -0500
    It is Israel that is acting like the NAZIs in their rabid treatment of Palestinians. Just like Hitlerès nazis the Israelis treat them like cattle and stop them at roadblocks all over the West Bank. Palestinians have to take hours and hours to get to work because of the actions of the Israelis. Palestinians, just like the Jews and others, must show their IDès at every check point and whenever told to show them. They are corralled just like the Jews and others in Nazi Germany. Their children are stoned frequently buy Israeli children in the so-called settlements.
    In fact the Israelis are picture perfect Nazis today especially in the Gazan prison camp that no Palestinians can leave without the permission of Israel. Just recently a young girl was denied being allowed out of Gaza for much needed medical attention and she died because of the absolute ignorance of Israel.

    This obviously is not a one off action as doctors are regularly prevented from going out of Gaza for upgrades in training necessary for doctors especially in hospitals. This is just a short bit about the absolute Nazi style ignorance of Israel. There is one hell of a lot more including the horrid bombings and missile strikes killing so many Gazans.
  • commented 2016-02-23 20:51:05 -0500
    CJPME is far left radical anti-Semitic movement. I know one movement and ideology that is very similar to CJPME: Nazi party in Germany in 1930s-1940s. Guys, if you speak like Nazi, think like Nazi and act like Nazi (anti-Jewish boycott is Nazi invention), so, you are…Nazi. Adolf Hitler and Joseph Goebbels congratulate you from hell and you, probably, inspired by your Nazi predecessors.

    State of Israel is strongest nation in the Middle East and you can only boycott shops…Poor people…
  • commented 2016-02-23 15:43:06 -0500
    Perhaps those affiliated with CJPME will have the courage of their convictions and relinquish their mobile phones, cameras, and PCs. I hope that they can get along without USB drives and Flash memory. All of the above were developed or invented in Israel. And please, the next time someone you know is facing a medical problem, like cancer, make sure they don’t use any of the drugs pioneered in Israel or the dignostic imaging solutions invented there.

    Finally, I think that if you are truly intent on boycotting Israel, you should explain to the tens of millions of Africans who would be dead without the drip irrigation technology that Israel has shared with them for decades why you think that they would be better off dead than using something from Israel. Or are Palestinian grievances – many of which could be legitimate – more important than African lives? Are you racists, or just hypocrites? I’m generously guessing you aren’t racists, at least not against Africans (those pesky colonialist imperialists “occupying” their own ancestral aboriginal homeland, well, they might deserve a bit of good old fashioned race hate). I guess you are just massive hypocrites. Not just for continuing to use so much that Israel has created. Also for this:

    Spain has occupied Ceuta and Melilla, territory on the African mainland, even though Morocco continues to claim it as her own territory. The EU subsidized the building of security barriers and fences around these enclaves, not so different from Israel’s security barrier. Are you boycotting Spain or the EU?

    Turkey has occupied Northern Cyprus since it invaded in 1974. Are you boycotting Turkey?

    China invaded and occupied Tibet in 1948, and has brutally murdered and repressed its population in the ensuing decades. Are you boycotting China? (I bet you used 10 things or more made in China today).

    Saudi Arabia has been occupying parts of Yemen for decades, and has now full on invaded much of the rest of it. Are you boycotting Saudi Arabian oil, or anything made from its byproducts?

    The list goes on…So what is it? Hypocrisy? Anti-Semitism? Incoherent adherence to self contradictory ideologies with twisted moral values? What motivates you at CJPME?
  • commented 2016-02-22 13:54:26 -0500
    YAAKOV MENKEN — BS. Israel is a completely hate filled country and has been destroying Palestinians at an ongoing rate since 1947-8. To call anyone anti-Jewish because of their knowledge of the cruel actions of Israel is just foolish and shows a great degree of ignorance to the truth. People are angry with Israel because of the gross actions of Israel and the continued Apartheid type attitude to Palestinians that won’t grovel under the barbed whip of Israel.
  • commented 2016-02-21 16:01:16 -0500
    @yaakov, the sticker is a boycott of a product made in ‘Israel’, not ‘Jewish products’. Not every criticism of the Israeli government is one of anti-Semitism and as neither a Jew nor a Palestinian I couldn’t be less invested in an Israeli or Palestinian state. https://news.vice.com/article/israel-destroys-palestinian-homes-after-announcing-new-settlements
  • commented 2016-02-21 14:27:17 -0500
    When you duplicate the behaviors and attitudes shown by murderous barbarians in their leadup to massacres of Jews across literally all of Europe over the last millenium, and then renew the Nazi labeling and boycott of Jewish products, your denial of anti-Semitism falls more than a little flat.
  • commented 2016-02-21 00:22:06 -0500
    Another disgusting organization funded & $ upported by hypocrite mor…ns full of lies propaganda, hate & intolerance. Toward Jewish people & Israel. But at least they peacefully supporting Hamas islamic terror agenda. Shame on you!
  • commented 2016-02-20 21:35:47 -0500
    I hope they arrest every single one of the people doing this. Richard Smiley is right. This is about Boycotting Jews and we all know how that ended last time. Israel has proven it can make peace as it has done with Egypt and Jordan. Palestinians can’t even make peace with each other, despite numerous treaties signed, including one in Mecca. In addition, in the last elections in Israel, over 1M Arab Israelis voted and they have representation in the Knesset. In the West Bank, Abbas is in the 11th year of his 4 year term, no dissent tolerated. In Gaza, Hamas rules by the gun. So, who’s oppressing the Palestinians.

    Then again, one can’t reason with anti-Semites. It would be like my late Mother trying to reason with the SS that shoved her on to the cattle car going to Auschwitz.
  • commented 2016-02-20 16:31:16 -0500
    This should be a Bernie Sanders moment… but I know just how hard it is for people to admit that they are wrong. Especially after they’ve been bamboozled for a long time. Folks, your numbers are based on an unspoken lie: That Canada is somehow better. That the US is somehow better. That the rest of the Americas are somehow better. That the Jews should be singled out for condemnation because what THEY do is worse. That is so much BS, and I speak as a non Jew who grew up living next to full blood First Nations kids (we shared a school, and the survivors are STILL my friends) AND as someone who was married to an Israeli and lived for 20 years on a kibbutz, who did his military service in the refugee camps of the West Bank, the occupied territories, call it what you want. Even in the territories, conditions for the refugees were BETTER than what Canada and the US serve up for the aboriginal population here.

    I’ll give you equality: I waited in the same lines for the same doctors in the same clinics for medical care (pneumonia, if you must know) AND I had to wait my turn… as Arab Muslims, Arab Christians, Arab Jews (what else are you going to call them?) and Bedouins, as Askenazi jews, as Yemenite Jews (who are genetically distinct), and as Black Jews and Felasha mura from Ethiopia. They all got the same medical treatment, the same education, the same social welfare. Now compare that to the Americas: Canadian governments – yep, federal and provincial – are STILL arguing about who should pay for these costs – medical, education, and social welfare – for First Nations… AND THEY AREN’T PAYING THEM! And I thank Charlie Angus for his work on this issue. Just yesterday he complained in parliament that Indigenous Children are Denied Medical Care In ‘Standard’ Practice’. Its institutionalized! Its Apartheid! Its a violation of human rights. Child mortality (the latest figures I found, from Manitoba, which has an NDP government and has for years) is still double that of non First Nations! And the U.S. is the same!!! And Latin America has its death squads and banana plantations…. And so many of you are going …“Like, what about the Jews! The Jews!!!!” This isn’t about the Jews. Its about YOU! Its about YOUR country. And you claim moral standing in boycotting a country (that doesn’t make those distinctions) for human rights violations? You want to talk about stolen land???? Your own houses are build on stolen land. Land that belonged to First Nations! Those hilltops with the rows of apartments and condos in the Territories… are built on the most god foresaken realestate I’ve ever seen: limestone rock that nobody has farmed in a thousand years… if at all. And yes, the land tenure there dates from the Ottoman empire… over 400 years of history… That land belongs to the tiller, to the occupier! “But the Israelis bulldozed a house!”. I don’t have to go to Israel to see private property taken by the state and developed. We do it here as well. Its called the right of eminent domain. “Israel restricts water!” Yep, to everyone. I worked in 60 acres of avocado, litchii, and citrus. We got cut off. No water. No fresh water anywhere to agriculture. I couldn’t even get recycled treated sewage. A kibbutz of Jews. No water. These are NOT human rights violations, and you are getting your feed in the form of propaganda from anti-semites.

    I know what some of you are going to say, because some have already said this to me: “Well… we gave the Indians a pretty good deal”. “Well… Its their fault.” “Well… I paid for my land, let them buy their own land”. “Some of my best friends are anti Zionist Jews”. Hahahahahaha. Whack job drama Queens.

    We shouldn’t be having to have this conversation, and blocking me isn’t the solution to your institutionalized Apartheid. Like Jeff Farrell did to me on Facebook Grassroots Social Democracy. He accused me of harassment. Of ignorance, because my experiences contradicted his “education”, his theoretical construct. Read that last sentence over a few times. As in “Don’t confuse me with facts, I’ve already made up my mind”. And we complain about the Right, that facts have a well known Liberal bias. Right. How is this different? Because Its OUR sacred cow? Suddenly we are all Hindu. Richard, go out and kill someone else’s sacred cow. Just not ours.

    I don’t like everything that happens in Israel, and I don’t like the government, but compared to here? I’d bet that if Netanyahu was offered the Canadian compromise, he’d say “You mean all I have to do is apologize and then I can do what I want? Why didn’t you say so? I’ll take it”.

    Physician, heal thyself.
  • commented 2016-02-19 14:45:16 -0500
    BRAVO. How about adding a petition to spineless party leaders who supported the condemnation of BDS?