Montreal, May 29, 2017 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) congratulates the Bloc Québécois’ visionary proposal calling Canada to recognize an independent Palestine. In a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa this morning, the Bloc announced a motion inviting the House of Commons to express support for Palestine as an independent state. “136 of 193 nations already recognize Palestine as an independent state,” stated Thomas Woodley, President of CJPME, “So it is only natural for Canada to support international law and join the international consensus in support of Palestinian self-determination.”Read more
Between January 25 and February 2, 2017, EKOS Research Associates conducted a national on-line survey of 1,000 Canadians to explore attitudes toward Israel, Palestine, and related issues here in Canada. EKOS statistically weighted all the data by age, gender, education and region to ensure the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual population of Canada, based on census data. The margin of error associated with the sample is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The results summarized below are based on respondents who expressed an opinion.
CJPME 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.Read more
This position paper contains recommendations regarding Canada’s part in the Israel-Palestinian Situation. These recommendations address the humanitarian help that should be provided as well as the actions that the Parliamentarians should take.
CJPME is pleased to publish the next of a 15 part election series analyzing the positions of Canada’s political parties. CJPME hopes that, by revealing what parties have said and done on key Middle East issues, Canadians will be better informed voters in the upcoming elections. Our next analysis studies each party’s position on the Palestinian accession to UN agencies, namely the International Criminal Court and UNESCO.Read more
Montreal, July 8, 2015 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joins other Canadian and international organizations in commemorating the one-year anniversary of Israel’s latest military assault on the Gaza Strip between 8 July and 26 August 2014.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 141, published November, 2011: Palestine’s admittance into UNESCO was a significant event, with parties both supportive and standing in opposition. This factsheets lays out the reasons why Palestine sought membership in UNESCO, as well as how the international community, including Canada, responded.Read more
This position paper contains recommendations regarding the Palestinians’ application for full membership in the UN and its agencies and how should Canada react to it.
This position paper discusses several points regarding how the Canadian government should handle the Palestinian refugees.
The UNRWA is the caretaker human development and relief agency for Palestinian refugees. It provides educational programs, relief and social services, health programs, microenterprise and microfinance programs, and emergency relief. In January, 2010, the Canadian government announced it would curtail funding to UNRWA and redirect aid to projects in the Palestinian Authority (PA). This position paper explains why Canada’s decision will be counterproductive if it seeks to address the root causes of extremism and promote peace and stability between Israel and Palestine and provides recommendations.