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    Letter: False and Harmful Remarks by Westmount High School Guest Speaker Must Be Addressed

    Montreal, January 20, 2023 - CJPME sent a letter to the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) regarding the false and harmful remarks made by a guest speaker to a history class at Westmount High School, dismissing Israel's well-documented human rights record. Read the full letter below, or click here to download a PDF version.
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    Letter to Joly: Canada Must Explain UNGA Vote Against ICJ Opinion on Israel's Occupation

    Montreal, January 11, 2023 - Below is a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly requesting an explanation for Canada's vote against a UN resolution to seek an ICJ opinion on the legality of Israel's occupation. "In this critical moment, the UN General Assembly vote provided Canada with a missed opportunity to stand up for its stated principles of international law. By voting instead with Israel and against the resolution for an ICJ opinion, Canada stood by the brutal occupying power – now led by fanatical pro-settler extremists and annexationists – to protect its actions from legal scrutiny." Click here to download the letter as a PDF. 
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    IHRA's True Intentions: This is the Speech About Israel and Palestine That IHRA Wants to Silence

    This 14-page report demonstrates how the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism is used to silence critical political expression of Israel. Proponents of the IHRA definition of antisemitism claim that it does not silence free speech on Palestine. In practice, however, IHRA is used to target those who express their solidarity with Palestinians and risks being used daily against those who challenge Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Access the full report here.
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    Delegation to Palestine, October - November 2022

    This 20-page report provides stark observations on the grave situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). The report is authored by CJPME’s VP, Michael Bueckert, who returned on Nov. 11, 2022, from a two-week trip to the OPT and Palestinian communities within Israel. Bottom line: the brutal status quo in Palestine-Israel is untenable; Canada’s position is totally out of touch with reality; and Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line desire equality and an end to Israeli apartheid. Access the full report here.
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    Tell Trudeau: Boycott Israel’s Extremist Government

    Israel has just ushered in the most far-right government in its history. This new government and its extremist figures pose a real and immediate threat to the safety and security of Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line. And yet, we were outraged to see the Canadian government congratulate Israel’s new far-right regime, without any mention of its extremism or its alarming plans to illegally annex the occupied West Bank.
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    Tell Trudeau: Vote to Investigate Israel’s Occupation!

    In the next few days, the UN will be voting on an important resolution to refer Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). This could be a major step forward for holding Israel accountable, but Canada is planning to vote against it! If passed, the ICJ will be asked to provide a legal opinion on whether Israel’s military occupation of Palestinian territory is now illegal, given that Israel seems intent on holding onto Palestinian land forever. Although Canada has opposed this resolution in the past, it has an opportunity to change its mind and support this resolution in an upcoming UN General Assembly plenary vote. Fill out the fields below to send an email to the Prime Minister, Canada’s UN Ambassador, key Ministers and diplomats, and your local MP. Tell Canada to stand up for international law by supporting the UN vote for an ICJ opinion on Israel’s occupation.
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    Pillsbury Ends Business in Israeli Settlements

    CJPME Factsheet No. 231, published August 2022: This factsheet looks at the history of the successful boycott campaign against Pillsbury products. It explains how Pillsbury had been operating in the illegal Israeli settlements, outlines the goals of the boycott campaign, and explains the company's decision to divest in 2022. 
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    The Blockade of Gaza

    CJPME Factsheet No. 230, published August 2022: This factsheet explores the history and consequences of Israel's blockade on Gaza. It looks at the restrictions on the movement of people and trade, and considers whether the blockade is legal under international law. 
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