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    Canada must join European allies in recognizing Palestinian statehood

    Montreal, May 23, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) calls for Canada to follow the lead of its European allies Spain, Norway and Ireland, and recognize an independent Palestinian state.  The three European countries noted that Palestinian independence cannot hinge on a negotiated peace agreement with Israel which has, for decades, undermined frameworks for Palestinian self-determination, while continuously violating Palestinian human rights.  CJPME points out that Canada’s traditional position of waiting for a “negotiated two-state solution” has long proven to be counterproductive, and has given Israel every incentive to dither undermine efforts for Palestinian liberation and dignity.  CJPME is highly critical of the Trudeau government’s refusal to join its European allies in this strategic step
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    CJPME applauds ICC application for arrest warrants against Israeli leaders Netanyahu and Gallant

    Montreal, May 20, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the application for arrest warrants filed by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) today against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant.  The application was filed against the two Israeli leaders based on their actions in Gaza, in particular the targeting of civilians and blocking of humanitarian aid. In the past, the Trudeau Government has sought to dissuade the ICC from investigating war crimes by Israel, and CJPME is concerned that it may similarly attempt to obstruct justice alongside the United States. CJPME urges Canada to publicly support the application for warrants, and be prepared to execute them should they be issued.
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    Position Paper: A Whole-of-Government Approach to Ending Canadian Involvement in Israeli Settlements

    Earlier this year, a real estate tour called the “Great Israeli Real Estate Event” was held in Montreal and Toronto that included the sale of properties within settlements in the occupied West Bank, including Neve Daniel, Ma'aleh Adumim and Efrat. This amounts to the illegal and open sale of properties in the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), in clear violation of international law, the Canadian Criminal Code, UN resolutions and international human rights and humanitarian law. However, the issue of Canadian trade with Israeli settlements goes much deeper than one event. It is time that Canada stopped ignoring these crimes. Israeli settlements are war crimes under Canadian law. To address this broader problem, CJPME urges a whole-of-government approach to ending Canadian involvement in Israel’s colonial war crimes through the below series of coordinated measures, which falls under the jurisdiction of various ministerial portfolios.
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    Addressing Canadian Complicity in the ongoing Nakba in Palestine

    Submission from CJPME to MP Matthew Green’s Nakba Bill Initiative, authored by Lena El-Malak, PhD, LLM; Nadia Abu-Zahra, PhD; Michael Bueckert, PhD; and Alex Paterson, MA. The submission includes recommendations for how the Canadian government can acknowledge this historical injustice, as well as its own role in the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, and take steps to combat Canadian complicity in ongoing Israeli policies of erasure, displacement and dispossession. Issued April 2024 Click here to download the full document as a PDF
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    Tell Parliament to investigate Canada’s military trade with Israel!

    Months after Parliament voted to stop sending arms to Israel, Canadians are still left in the dark about the arms trade. After approving a skyrocketing number of weapons exports in the first months of Israel’s genocidal war, Foreign Affairs Minister Joly refuses to provide the public information about these sales: how many weapons were sent to Israel, what were they, how were they used, and has Canada violated international law? Canadians deserve answers.
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    UBC & UVic: Listen to the students and divest from Israeli apartheid and genocide!

    Student groups at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of Victoria (UVic) have joined the global movement of student encampments in solidarity with Palestine. Like student activists across Canada, the student groups have demanded that UBC and UVic divest from companies that arm Israel and are complicit in the oppression, occupation and genocide of Palestinians. The demands also call on UBC and UVic to boycott Israeli academic institutions and publicly condemn the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians. So far, UBC and UVic have refused to engage with the student protestors or their demands, and this must change!
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    Boycott Campaign: Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd.

    CJPME Factsheet 243, created May 2024: This factsheet examines Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories Ltd., a skincare company profiting from resources in the Dead Sea region and facing scrutiny for its ties to Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories. Despite ownership changes, including a majority share held by a Chinese investment group, Ahava's historical association with illegal settlements has consistently raised ethical and legal concerns. This factsheet advocates for sustained boycott efforts until Ahava complies with international law by ceasing operations and extraction of resources in occupied Palestine. 
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    Boycott Campaign: Aroma Espresso Bar

    CJPME Factsheet 242, created May 2024: This factsheet covers Aroma Espresso Bar, an Israeli coffee chain, in Israel's illegal settlements, particularly its operation of a café in the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement in the occupied West Bank and its sourcing of goods from farms in illegal settlements. It highlights the ethical and legal implications of operating in occupied territories and benefiting from the exploitation of Palestinian and Syrian resources. Additionally, it discusses discriminatory practices within the company and its material support for the Israeli military, calling for a boycott until specific actions are taken to end complicity in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians.
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