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    CJPME Thanks Canada for Lone Vote in Support of Palestinian Self-Determination

    Montreal, November 20th, 2019 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) thanks the Liberal government for yesterday’s vote in support of Palestinian self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). CJPME notes that yesterday marks the first time in nearly fifteen years that Canada has cast a vote in favour of Palestinian self-determination, breaking its pattern of voting against Palestinian human rights at the UN. CJPME calls on the Canadian government to apply a more balanced, consistent approach to its votes at the UN on Palestine-Israel, in accordance with international law and official Canadian foreign policy.
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    CJPME: US Government Doesn’t Dictate the Law on Israel-Palestine

    Montreal, November 19th, 2019 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) decries the American government’s ridiculous attempt to legitimize Israel’s illegal colonies (aka “settlements.”) CJPME calls on all Canadian political parties to immediately reject the Trump administration’s “decree” on the matter, and to condemn Israel’s ongoing colonial ambitions in Palestinian territory. 
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    Make the Middle East a Nuclear-Free Zone

    The proposal for the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free zone (NWFZ) in the Middle East was formally introduced by Iran and Egypt in a resolution submitted to the UN General Assembly in 1974. This UN resolution initiated the global push for nuclear disarmament in the region. In 1995, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference adopted a resolution which called upon states to take the necessary measures to ensure the establishment of a NWFZ in the Middle East. Despite officially supporting the creation of a NWFZ in the Middle East, Canada has consistently voted against resolutions that call upon Israel to sign the NPT and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. It has also repeatedly blocked resolutions calling for a regional conference on the establishment of a NWFZ. Canada should play a more active role in advancing negotiations on a NWFZ in the Middle East. Instead of blocking attempts to convene a conference on this matter, Canada should lead the push for disarmament in the region. Canada should leverage its relationship with Israel in order to encourage its participation in disarmament negotiations. 
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    Cease Arms Sales to Autocratic Governments

    In recent years, Canada has soared in global rankings to become the second largest arms dealer to the Middle East. Its position as such is largely owed to its $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia—the largest military contract in Canadian history. Aside from Saudi Arabia, Canada also sells a considerable amount annually in defence and security equipment to Egypt ($2.8 million in 2017) and the United Arab Emirates ($6.3 million in 2017). Each of these countries has been deemed “not free” by watchdog organization Freedom House, with Saudi Arabia ranking among the worst of the worst on human rights. Nonetheless, the Canadian government has continued to sell weapons and military technology to these autocratic regimes. In order to comply fully with the requirements outlined in the Arms Trade Treaty, Canada must cancel what is left of its $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The Liberal Party cannot condemn Saudi Arabia’s human rights abuses while simultaneously arming the very same regime.
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    Position Paper: Response to Motion M-153

    This chart compares the various violent incidents cited by Scott Reid's Motion 153 and shows how they fail to relate to each other, contrary to what the motion suggests.              
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    Position Paper: Quebec’s Bill 21: Islamophobia manifested again

    Bill 21, which in the name of government “secularism,” will now bar Quebeckers who wear religious symbols from taking certain government positions. Despite months of public outcry and severe criticism from human rights groups, the Quebec government passed Bill 21 into law on June 16th. Bill 21 will further entrench division and difference, while infringing on the democratic values of Quebeckers, such as the rights to religious equality and gender equality. 
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    Netanyahu’s Annexation of Israeli Settlements

    CJPME Factsheet, published May, 2019. This factsheet discusses how the Israeli government intends to formally annex the illegal settlements within the West Bank and the implications of such an action. 
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    Trump’s Golan Heights Decree

    CJPME Factsheet, published April 2019 : This factsheet discusses the repercussions of Trump's decree regarding the Golan Heights and Canada's position on the subject. 
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