On Wednesday, December 18, in a UN Plenary session, Canada confirmed its vote in support of Palestinian self-determination. THIS IS GREAT! Despite this GOOD vote, Canada continues to disappoint in other related UN votes, whether on Palestinian human rights, Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, and other issues. Click-here to thank Trudeau for this vote, but to encourage Canada to be a more consistent champion for Palestinian human rights at the UN!
To be sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and the other leaders of Canada's political parties: Yesterday, the Trump administration reversed decades of longstanding American foreign policy by suggesting that Israeli colonies are legal. This is offensive, wrong, and will cost Palestinians their fundamental freedoms and right to self-determination. We as Canadians need to express our strongest opposition. To the Government of Canada: WHEREAS Trump's decree ignores international law and decades of UN resolutions, WHEREAS Trump's decree undermines all Middle East peace efforts and jeopardizes Palestinian self-determination, WHEREAS official Canadian foreign policy recognizes Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories as a violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, THEREFORE, we, the undersigned petition you to immediately reject Trump's decree and condemn Israel's ongoing colonial ambitions in Palestinian territory! Click-here to sign the petition !
Quebec pop star Céline Dion recently announced that she would perform two concerts in Tel Aviv, Israel in August as part of her “Courage” world tour. Since 2005, Palestinian civil society has asked for the world to boycott Israel until it respects the human rights of Palestinians. This movement is called BDS – Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions – and dozens of famous performers have already refused to perform in Israel, including Roger Waters, Lorde, Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill, Peter Gabriel and others. Click-here to send an email to Dion's management, and to add your name to the petition!
B’nai Brith is calling the NDP to drop their candidate for Ville Saint-Laurent, Ms. Miranda Gallo, because of her activism for Palestinian human rights. Gallo has been an employee with CJPME since 2017 and has been a powerful voice for Palestinian human rights for years. B’nai Brith has attacked Gallo primarily for her support for BDS: the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement pressuring Israel to respect Palestinian human rights. Click-here to tell the NDP that they must stand with Gallo and her principled stand for Palestinian human rights.
On Jan. 29, 2017, a lone gunman entered a mosque in Quebec City and opened fire on dozens of Muslim-Canadian worshipers. By the time the shooting had ended, six had been tragically killed, and 19 more injured. Join us in calling on the Canadian government to designate January 29 as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia. It’s easy to sign & only takes 10 seconds! Let our government know that you oppose Islamophobia and all forms of religious discrimination. Continue reading
Earlier this week, B’nai Brith Canada launched a smear campaign against the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), accusing the union of both supporting terrorism and aligning itself with “the path of violence and extremism.” This accusation comes amidst a CUPW decision to engage in a joint project with the Palestinian Postal Service Workers Union (PSWU), which B’nai Brith is smearing as a “pro-terrorist” organization. But let’s be honest, the CUPW is under attack simply for showing solidarity with Palestinians. Continue reading
In June 2018, the Argentine National Soccer team cancelled a soccer match in Jerusalem with Israel, given Israel's killing of 122 protesters in Gaza. The decision was led by soccer superstar Lionel Messi, with the support of his teammates and the Argentine Football Association. Continue reading
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a good statement condemning Israel's shooting of Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani, and the killing of over 100 Gaza protesters in May 2018, even calling for an independent investigation. He said: "Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable. It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza. Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation to thoroughly examine the facts on the ground — including any incitement, violence, and the excessive use of force." Continue reading
Last year, US President Donald Trump announced he was moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem, breaking decades of diplomatic neutrality regarding competing Israeli and Palestinian claims to the city. This year, on May 8th, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer promised that if elected, a Canadian government under his leadership would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the Canadian embassy to Jerusalem. This is offensive, appalling, illegal, and wrong. Continue reading
The "Peace in Palestine" campaign is an effort to get Canada's politicians to have an honest public discussion about Israel's illegal "settlements," and how Canada must respond. A core component of the campaign is a Parliamentary ePetition, calling on the government to "demand that Israel immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories." Continue reading