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    CJPME: There Must Be Consequences for Israel’s War of Aggression in Gaza

    Montreal, August 8, 2022 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is demanding that the Canadian government holds Israeli officials accountable for its unprovoked and aggressive war against Gaza this weekend, which killed at least 44 Palestinians. Canada has not commented on Israel’s actions except to support Israel’s right to security, ignoring Israel’s pattern of deliberately targeting civilians in airstrikes – in what clearly amount to war crimes. CJPME urges Canada to end Israel’s impunity and deter future violence, including by ending military trade with Israel.
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    Letter to Public Safety Minister: Don’t Conflate Human Rights Work with “Violent Extremism”

    Montreal, August 4, 2022 - Below is a letter to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino urging him to reject a recommendation in the Standing Committee report on "Ideologically Motivated Violent Extremism" which seems to target legitimate human rights work and Palestine activism. Click here to download PDF version of the letter. 
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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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    Arming Apartheid: Canada's Arms Exports to Israel

    This analysis explores the problem of Canada's arms exports to Israel, given that the latter stands accused of significant human rights abuses and of maintaining a regime of apartheid against Palestinians. The analysis examines Canada’s exports of military goods to Israel, including the current values and historical trends, and the potential risk that these exports may contribute to a deteriorating situation for human rights and international law. This analysis also reveals that there is precedent in recent Canadian history for restricting sales to Israel over concerns about human rights and military aggression. Issued April 13, 2022
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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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    Tell Israel: Stop Killing Journalists!

    We are all grieving after Israel's assassination of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. Yet Abu Akleh is already the 47th journalist killed by Israel since 2000, and Reporters Without Borders has said that at least 144 Palestinian journalists have been violently targeted by Israeli forces during protests since 2018. Labelled an apartheid state by all the major human rights organizations, Israel systematically targets journalists to hide its crimes. Canada must condemn this killing, and demand an independent international inquiry into the killing of Abu Akleh.
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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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    Israel's System of Apartheid

    CJPME Factsheet No. 229, published August 2022: The following factsheet defines what apartheid is and goes into depth on how the Israeli states commits apartheid on Palestinians. It answers a common question that is always prompted when topic is discussed: how is Israel an apartheid state when it is considered a democracy? Furthermore, it gives examples as to why and how Israel commits apartheid in Palestine. 
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