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    First ever study of anti-Palestinian racism in Canada exposes more than 500 examples in 2022

    Montreal, December 7, 2023 — A new report from Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) highlights the widespread problem of anti-Palestinian racism (APR) in Canadian society, exposing more than 500 examples of this form of racism in online written content in 2022. Titled Anti-Palestinian Racism in Canada: CJPME’s 2022 Report, the report constitutes the first-ever, non-exhaustive study of APR in Canada. As the study is limited in scope, the problem of APR is likely much more serious than indicated here. Significantly, the report argues that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism should be recognized as a key purveyor of APR, as it drives conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Israel, leading to unfair and defamatory attacks on Palestinians and their supporters.
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    CJPME condemns Israel’s expulsion of Canadian UN aid official

    Montreal, December 4, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns Israel’s decision not to renew the visa of a top United Nations humanitarian aid official, who is also a Canadian national. Israel has notified the UN that it will not renew the visa for Lynn Hastings, resident humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territories, when her visa expires later this month. CJPME urges the Canadian government to demand that Israel renew Hastings’ visa, and take action to hold Israel accountable for its attacks on humanitarian workers.
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    Anti-Palestinian Racism in Canada: CJPME's 2022 Report

    This report highlights the widespread problem of anti-Palestinian racism (APR) in Canadian society, exposing more than 500 examples of this form of racism in online written content in 2022. The report argues that the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism should be recognized as a key purveyor of APR, as it drives conflation of antisemitism with criticism of Israel, leading to unfair and defamatory attacks on Palestinians and their supporters. Issued December 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDF
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    Annexing Palestine Through Trade: CIFTA and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

    This report evaluates the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) and its relationship to the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). The report demonstrates that CIFTA treats the OPT as if it was already formally annexed by Israel, that Palestinians were never a partner or signatory to the agreement, and that Palestinians do not really benefit economically from it. The report concludes with recommendations for how Canada can support trade with Palestine without reinforcing Israel’s occupation and apartheid. Issued September 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDF
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    Tell Trudeau: Reverse your shameful UN vote, and condemn Israel’s settlements!

    One month ago, Canada voted AGAINST a preliminary UN resolution condemning Israel’s settlements as illegal and detrimental to peace. In fact, Canada has voted against similar resolutions for the last 12 years! This sends a message that Canada supports Israel’s theft of Palestinian land, at a moment when Israel’s racist government is expanding settlements, annexing territory, and enabling settler attacks on Palestinians. This week, the final UN “plenary” vote is set to take place, and Canada has a chance to change its vote and be on the right side of history.
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    Please support Principal Rich Ward, suspended for calling out Israeli genocide

    On Nov. 13, Rich Ward, principal of Tribune Drive Public School in Brampton was suspended from his job while the Peel District School Board (PSDB) “investigates” a brief tweet he made the day before. In that tweet, Ward rightly suggests that Israel is committing a genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, and that Israel’s violence was triggering anti-Zionist sentiment in Canada. The PDSB has clearly caved to vague criticisms about Ward’s post, while 1) seemingly unaware of expert concerns over Israel’s genocidal violence, and 2) contemptuous of Ward’s right to free expression.
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    Israel's extremist right-wing government

    CJPME Factsheet 237, created August 2023: This factsheet introduces the right-wing extremist coalition parties of the Israeli government. It outlines their domestic policies, particularly the LGBTQ community in Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The factsheet also explores their ideology on the issue of Palestinian self-determination and how Canada has responded to the extremist and racist policies of Israel's right-wing government.   
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    Palestinians and the Right to Resist

    Palestinians and the Right to Resist Factsheet Series No. 236, created: August 2023, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East   View factsheet in PDF format CJPME Factsheet 236, published August, 2023 provides arguments for Palestinians' “right to resist” according to international law. This factsheet gives an in-depth analysis as to why did the UN recognized this right, why the “right to resist” is recognized by international humanitarian law, and what limitations exist on this right.  The factsheet also explores how Palestinians resist Israeli occupation on an ongoing basis, and the ways in which Canada undermines Palestinians’ right to resist. 
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