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. Continue reading
Tell Trudeau: Condemn Israeli Violence at Al-Aqsa!
If you're like us, you were shocked and angered by the videos of Israeli soldiers raiding the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem over the weekend. Israeli soldiers threw teargas and stun grenades as they entered the compound and mosque, assaulting hundreds – including women, parents with children, media, and medics. On Friday, Canada issued a weak statement about "de-escalation" of the "violence in and around Al-Aqsa" with NO DISTINCTION between the violent Israeli soldiers and the Palestinian victims. Continue reading
Tell Trudeau: Stop Arming Apartheid! PUBLISHED
As revealed in CJPME's "Arming Apartheid" analysis, Canada is selling almost $20 million in arms to Israel each year – its highest level in 30 years! At the same time, Israeli forces continue to violently raid Al-Aqsa and across occupied Palestine, and human rights organizations – including Amnesty International – have all recently concluded that Israel imposes an apartheid regime against Palestinians! Continue reading
Don’t let McGill crush student support for Palestine!
In a major victory, students at McGill just voted 71% in a referendum to adopt a Palestine Solidarity Policy and boycott companies complicit in Israeli apartheid. Now, McGill is threatening to withhold the student union’s membership fees to force students to abandon the policy. This is a heavy-handed attack on student democracy and undermines the right to protest Israel’s system of racial discrimination! Continue reading
Amnesty calls out Israeli Apartheid: Tell Canadian politicians to act!
A major new report by Amnesty International concludes that Israel is perpetuating a system of Apartheid against the Palestinian people! Amnesty determined that Israel operates a regime of oppression and domination, amounting to Apartheid, whose victims include Palestinians under military occupation, Palestinian citizens within Israel, and even Palestinian refugees in exile. Continue reading
Tell the TDSB: Support the Students Calling for a Free Palestine!
Last week, hundreds of students in Toronto held an amazing walk-out to protest anti-Palestinian racism in their schools. The students called for a "Free Palestine" and used a popular chant that expresses hope for freedom from oppression: "From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be Free." (Read their press release and demands here). Shockingly, these courageous and inspiring students are now being viciously attacked by pro-Israel groups, who are falsely accusing them of using "genocidal" slogans. This unacceptable bullying campaign, which aims to smear the anti-racist activism of high school students, must be immediately challenged by the TDSB. Click here to support TDSB students calling for a Free Palestine! Continue reading
Protect Human Rights Defenders in Palestine!
Human rights defenders in Palestine are under attack! In October, the Israeli government falsely designated six leading Palestinian NGOs as “terrorist” groups, in a clear attempt to outlaw them and shut down their human rights work. This puts the work and safety of human rights defenders in danger and makes it more difficult to hold Israel to account for its human rights abuses. While the world has condemned this egregious attack on Palestinian civil society, Canadian officials have been silent. Help us make sure that every one of Canada’s ministers knows we expect more! Click here to demand the Canadian Government take action now! Continue reading
Support Desmond Cole: “Free Palestine” is about human rights, NOT hate
Thank you to everyone who supported this campaign in support of journalist and anti-racism activist Desmond Cole! Cole has been under attack from pro-Israel groups after he raised the issue of Palestinian human rights recently during presentations on systemic racism to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). We have closed the email campaign after reaching our goal of 2,000 emails sent to the TDSB board. Stay tuned for upcoming developments and new ways to get involved and maintain the momentum! In the meantime, you may be interested in these additional resources: Statement by Desmond Cole Letter from CJPME to the TDSB Letter from IJV-Toronto to the TDSB Continue reading
Send an email now: Challenge your local candidates on Palestine!
Are the federal election candidates in your riding willing to stand up for Palestinian human rights? CJPME’s elections tool enables you to send an email to many of the candidates running in your riding.* Please take this opportunity to challenge each of them on the question of Palestinian human rights, as per the CJPME-sponsored Vote Palestine campaign. *Note: our email tool's database may be missing candidates in some ridings. If you notice that it is missing a candidate, please contact them directly and let ask them to sign the pledge. Continue reading
Stop Ethnic Cleansing in Jerusalem
Time is running out for Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan! In these two neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, Israel is attempting to forcibly evict 175 Palestinian families from the homes they’ve lived in for generations -- and replace them with Israeli settlers. More than 1,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem are at risk of forced eviction, a crime under international law. Although Canada has expressed concerns about the evictions, concrete action is urgently needed to prevent this act of ethnic cleansing. Click here to demand the Canadian Government take action now! Continue reading