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    CJPME Welcomes NDP Motion to Recognize Palestinian Statehood

    Montreal, February 13, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes the NDP motion calling on the Canadian government to recognize the State of Palestine, and urges all Members of Parliament to support it. CJPME notes that Palestinian statehood is already recognized by 139 countries, and Palestine has non-member observer status at the United Nations. CJPME believes that Israel must not hold veto power over Palestinian aspirations of self-determination, and the NDP motion is a step in this direction. CJPME believes that recognition of statehood would support Palestinians in their ability to access justice in international forums like the International Criminal Court (ICC), but warns that symbolic recognition must be accompanied by concrete measures to force Israel’s withdrawal from the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT).
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    CJPME Applauds Committee Vote to Study Arms Exports to Israel

    Montreal, February 13, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the decision of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee to study Canada’s arms export permits to Israel. Yesterday, the committee unanimously adopted a motion brought forward by MP Heather McPherson to release documents on Canada’s military exports to Israel, going all the way back to 2006. CJPME welcomes this move as an important first step towards public transparency and accountability, as it will put scrutiny on the Canada-Israel arms trade for the first time. CJPME further demands that all compelled documents must also be made available to the public.
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    Position Paper: Leveraging Canada's Arms Trade to End the Violence in Gaza

    Israel’s devastating war on Gaza and the routine violence faced by Palestinians under military occupation have produced a catastrophic human toll, with UN experts warning of a “genocide in the making.” Canada cannot continue to export arms to Israel and maintain a close working relationship with the Israeli military so long as it is involved in egregious violations of international humanitarian law. In this Position Paper, CJPME argues that Canada must use its diplomatic and economic leverage vis-a-vis Israel’s defense and security establishment to bring an immediate end to the violence.
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    Position Paper: Canadian Diplomacy and Justice for Palestinians

    For many years, the Canadian government has opposed all efforts by Palestinians to seek justice or relief in international forums. Canada’s diplomatic record is significantly tarnished by its one-sided support for Israel, which shields Israel from criticism and upholds impunity for violations of human rights international law. In this Position Paper, CJPME outlines a strategy for Canada that emphasizes the equitable application of international law and the need for accountability.
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    Tell Minister Hussen: Reverse the UNRWA cuts, don’t punish Gaza!

    In a shamefully cruel decision last Friday, Canada suspended funding to UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees following unproven Israeli claims about a few of its employees. Earlier that day, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Israel’s actions in Gaza are potentially genocidal, so Canada’s decision to defund UNRWA is tantamount to an act of collective punishment against a population facing genocide. 2 million people in Gaza depend on UNRWA as a humanitarian lifeline, as Israel’s siege is manufacturing conditions of famine and disease. Canada must immediately reverse its decision on UNRWA cuts to ensure that the population of Gaza continues to receive humanitarian aid.
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    Tell Canada: Support South Africa’s ICJ case, stop genocide in Gaza!

    South Africa is taking Israel to the World Court! South Africa has taken the principled step of invoking the UN’s Genocide Convention which enables the Court to impose “provisional measures,” including an end to Israel’s military operations against Gaza. Many other countries have expressed support for South Africa’s genocide case against Israel, and as a signatory to the Genocide Convention, Canada has an obligation to oppose genocide too. This may be the world’s best chance of ending Israel’s murderous carnage in Gaza. 
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    Boycott Campaign: Indigo Books & Music Inc.

    CJPME Factsheet 238, created December 2023: This revised and updated factsheet explains why the Palestine solidarity movement in Canada has been calling for boycott of Indigo Books & Music Inc., since 2006. It outlines how the founder and CEO of Indigo Heather Reisman co-founded the HESEG Foundation for Lone Soldiers, which encourages foreigners to join the Israeli army and continue their studies in Israel. The factsheet also explores additional ties between HESEG and the Israeli military.
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    Israel's extremist right-wing government

    CJPME Factsheet 237, created August 2023: This factsheet introduces the right-wing extremist coalition parties of the Israeli government. It outlines their domestic policies, particularly the LGBTQ community in Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The factsheet also explores their ideology on the issue of Palestinian self-determination and how Canada has responded to the extremist and racist policies of Israel's right-wing government.   
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