New book explores Palestine activism in Canada with contributions from the CJPME team!

June 1, 2022

This week, CJPME is very excited for the launch of a new book titled Advocating for Palestine in Canada! Featuring contributions from the CJPME team, this first-of-its-kind book brings together activists and scholars to talk about the challenges of Palestine activism in Canada. CJPME is proud to be part of it!

Exclusive discount code for CJPME supporters: Use the discount code “CJPME20” to get 20% off when you purchase this book through Fernwood's website. Offer valid until June 30th 2022.

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Advocating for Palestine in Canada features several important contributions from the CJPME team:

  • The book’s co-editors include Michael Bueckert (CJPME’s VP) and Nadia Abu-Zahra (CJPME board member), alongside Emily Regan Wills (uOttawa) and Jeremy Wildeman (uOttawa);
  • A forward by Libby Davies (CJPME board member and former MP) looks back on the challenges of advocating for Palestine in Canada’s Parliament;
  • A chapter by CJPME President Tom Woodley takes a strategic look at Palestinian solidarity work in Canada, evaluating its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats;
  • A chapter by CJPME VP Michael Bueckert looks at the similarities in the arguments made by Israel and Apartheid South Africa, including their complaints about being “singled out” and “double standards."

More information

Advocating for Palestine in Canada is published by Fernwood Publishing, an excellent independent and progressive press. Other exciting chapters explore Israeli Apartheid Week, Canadian Jewish opinion on Israel, pro-Israel media bias, settler-colonialism, and more:

  • Nyla Matuk provides a personal account of the challenges of being a Palestinian in Canada and experiencing anti-Palestinian racism;
  • Sheryl Nestel disentangles the connections between Zionism, racism, and European Jewish whiteness;
  • Rana Nazzal recounts the history of Israeli Apartheid Week and its profound impact on the solidarity movement, as well as efforts by universities to repress it on campus;
  • Diana Ralph looks at two surveys of Jewish Canadian opinion and finds that many Jewish Canadians are sharply critical of Israel’s policies;
  • Michael Keefer shows how Canada’s hostility towards Palestinians is related to its anti-Indigenous and settler-colonial nature;
  • Davide Mastracci provides an insider’s perspective into the problem of pro-Israel bias in Canadian media, including where that bias comes from and how it operates;
  • Hassan Husseini provides an original history of campus Palestine activism in Ottawa from the 1970s to the 2010s, and how it has changed over time.

Educate and Equip

There is very little written about Palestinian activism in Canada, and almost no literature on the topic, which is why this latest contribution is so significant. CJPME is excited to have this avenue to reach new audiences and educate the Canadian public. You can help us find new readers by recommending the book to your friends, or by asking your favorite bookstore to carry it.

Exclusive discount code for CJPME supporters: Use the discount code “CJPME20” to get 20% off when you purchase this book through Fernwood's website. Offer valid until June 30th 2022.

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  • Madeleine Moffatt
    published this page in Accomplishments 2022-06-01 10:53:43 -0400