Below are CJPME's most recent Factsheets. See complete list of all of CJPME's Factsheets

The Case for Recognizing Palestinian Statehood

The Case for Palestinian Statehood Factsheet Series No. 246, created: July 2024, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East   View factsheet in PDF format CJPME Factsheet 246, published July 2024: This factsheet explores the case for recognizing Palestinian statehood, detailing Palestine’s international recognition and its rights at the UN. The factsheet also focuses on the recent wave of recognition by European states, Canada’s position and how recognition impacts Palestinian statehood and self-determination. Continue reading


Systemic Anti-Palestinian Racism

Factsheet Series No. 245, created: June 2024, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East   View factsheet in PDF format CJPME Factsheet 245, published June 2024: This factsheet explores various facets of anti-Palestinian racism (APR), detailing how it manifests at institutional, structural, and systemic levels within Canadian society. It underscores the absence of formal definitions of APR in federal policy, highlighting instances where Canadian institutions perpetuate discriminatory practices against Palestinians, impacting their rights, immigration policies, and public perception. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign: SodaStream

CJPME Factsheet 244, created May 2024: This factsheet outlines the boycott campaign against the Israeli company SodaStream due to its historical operations in the occupied West Bank and subsequent relocation to the Naqab desert. It details SodaStream's exploitation of Palestinian labor, complicity in settlement expansion, and continued violations of Palestinian human rights, prompting ongoing BDS efforts. Despite the closure of its factory in the occupied West Bank, the boycott persists as SodaStream's practices perpetuate Israeli occupation and discrimination against its Palestinian workers. Continue reading


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.  Continue reading


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. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign: Starbucks

CJPME Factsheet 241, created April 2024: This factsheet examines the reasons behind the boycott of Starbucks by certain pro-Palestine activists, particularly in light of allegations of mistreatment of Starbucks Workers United following a solidarity tweet with Palestine. It delves into Starbucks' claimed neutrality, its legal actions against the union, and indirect economic ties to Israel through major shareholders, sparking debates about its complicity in the Israel-Palestine conflict and prompting considerations for conscientious consumers. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign: ALDO

CJPME Factsheet 240, created April 2024: This factsheet offers insights into The Aldo Group, a retail company specializing in footwear and accessories, founded in Montreal in 1972 by Aldo Bensadoun. It delves into reasons for boycotting Aldo due to its operation of stores in illegal Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories, violating international law and supporting the occupation of Palestinian land. The document advocates for a boycott until Aldo ceases its presence in these settlements, aligning with Palestinian civil society's call to end complicity in oppression. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign: Sabra

CJPME Factsheet 239, created April 2024: This factsheet provides an overview of Sabra, a US-based company known for its Middle Eastern-style food products like Hummus, jointly owned by PepsiCo and the Israeli multinational food corporation, Strauss Group. It delves into the reasons behind the call to boycott Sabra due to the Strauss Group's financial support for the Israeli military, particularly the Golani and Givati Brigades, which have been implicated in human rights violations against Palestinians. The document highlights instances of activism and campaigns, particularly in Canadian universities, urging the cessation of support for Sabra until it severs ties with the Strauss Group and disengages from complicity in Israel's crimes against Palestinians. Continue reading


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. Continue reading


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.    Continue reading