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    Letter to Jayda G: Withdraw from DGTL festival in apartheid Tel Aviv

    Montreal, September 30th, 2022 - Below is a letter from CJPME to Jayda G dated September 26, 2022, urging her to respect the cultural boycott of apartheid Israel and withdraw from her scheduled participation in the DGTL festival in Tel Aviv. Click here for full PDF. 
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    CJPME: With mounting evidence of Israeli responsibility, Canada must support an ICC investigation into the killing of Shireen Abu Akleh

    Montreal, September 7, 2022 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is reiterating its call for Canada to support an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into the killing of veteran Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, amid growing and overwhelming evidence of Israeli responsibility. In May, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly had called for a “thorough investigation” into the incident, but Israel’s recent military probe has failed to find any responsibility, despite admitting that Israeli forces most likely killed her. CJPME argues that Canadian support for an ICC investigation is necessary due to the inability and unwillingness ofIsrael to hold itself accountable.
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    Voting Against its Own Interests

    Canada’s pro-Israel voting record at the UN contradicts its own values and interests and harms its international reputation, according to documents released via Access to Information legislation. The released documents cover the period leading up to Canada’s 2019 decision to resume its support for Palestinian self-determination at the UN. In this report, CJPME looks at how Canadian officials really view Canada's UN voting record, and urges Canada to support all resolutions which aim to uphold Palestinian human rights. Issued September 7, 2022
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    Position Paper: Israel’s Crimes of Apartheid and Canada's Arms Trade 

    In this position paper, CJPME outlines the problem of Canada's accelerating arms exports to Israel at a time when Israeli practices are increasingly recognized as amounting to apartheid. Photo credit: Hersi Osman / Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians.
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    Tell Jagmeet Singh: Put NDP’s admirable Palestine policies into action!

    Like many Canadians, CJPME was encouraged to see NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s recent call for a more principled Canadian policy in support of Palestinian human rights. Singh’s call outlined 13 excellent policy demands, all of which are consistent with international law and the priorities of civil society. Singh is getting a lot of heat from pro-apartheid groups for his statement, so CJPME wrote a letter thanking him for his statement, and asking him to follow through on his demands. Can you join us?
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    Tell Trudeau: Condemn Israel's Attacks on Gaza!

    Israel has launched yet another aggressive war against the people of Gaza, deploying airstrikes against residential buildings in civilian neighbourhoods. Scores of people have been killed, including at least 15 children. Shockingly, Israel continues to commit these war crimes with impunity. Not only has Canada failed to condemn Israeli aggression, but Canadian military exports to Israel continue to increase every year. Canada must condemn Israel's attacks on the people of Gaza, and suspend military trade with Israel!
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    Pillsbury Ends Business in Israeli Settlements

    CJPME Factsheet No. 231, published August 2022: This factsheet addresses the boycott of Pillsbury products. It answers why Pillsbury products were boycotted, the goals and methods of the boycott campaign, who was involved, and the campaign's conclusion.
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    The Blockade of Gaza

    CJPME Factsheet No. 230, published August 2022: This factsheet addresses why there is currently a blockade on Gaza and goes into depth as why Israel is imposing this blockade. It discusses restrictions enforced under the blockade, such as simple everyday goods and materials. It furthermore examines the restrictions over travel, whether the blockade is illegal or not, and if Canada supports it. 
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