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


The Cultural boycott of Israel


CJPME Factsheet 86, published June, 2010: Cultural boycotts are undertaken to express repugnance for the conduct of a country or its government, and are often accompany economic boycotts, and may or may not extend to the academic sphere. This factsheet looks at the call for the cultural boycott of Israel in particular; the prominent artists or academics boycotting this country, and how successful cultural boycotts against other countries have been in the past. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign: Golan Heights Wine & Liquor Boards

CJPME Factsheet 84, published June, 2010: This factsheet provides an overview of the area known as the Golan Heights, a rocky plateau located in south-western Syria which has been under Israeli occupation since 1967. Today, Israel exports roughly $22 million dollars worth of wine each year — with approximately 38% originating from the Golan Heights. By buying and selling wine from the Golan Heights, Canadian liquor commerce encourages and legitimizes Israel’s military occupation of the Golan. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign: Mountain Equipment Co-op

CJPME Factsheet 83, published June, 2010: This factsheet provides an overview of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), Canada’s largest retail co-operative and its business relationship with an Israeli arms supplier. MEC sells around 30 products made in Israel, including hydration packs manufactured by Israeli military contractor Source Vagabond Systems. As an Israeli military contractor, Vagabond supplies hydration systems to the Israeli Army, which enforces Israel’s occupation of the West Bank — an occupation that has been cited repeatedly for violations of international humanitarian law as outlined in the Fourth Geneva Convention.  Continue reading


The Palestinian National Initiative and Dr. Mustafa Barghouti

CJPME Factsheet 80, published May, 2010: This factsheet provides an overview of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), a political faction that has emerged as an alternative to Fatah and Hamas, and is gaining support among Palestinian civil society. Unlike the majority of Palestinian political factions, the PNI has no armed wing and practices peaceful resistance to the occupation. This factsheet also looks at the life of Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, a politically active physician and co-founder of several institutions and initiatives, including the PNI. Continue reading


The Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat anti-Semitism (CPCCA)

CJPME Factsheet 77, published April, 2010: This factsheet looks into the so-called Canadian Parliamentary Coalition to Combat Antisemitism (CPCCA), a temporary body created by a number of pro-Israel organizations in Canada.  The CPCCA’s mandate was defined in a manner which predisposed it to conclude that there has been a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism in Canada and that political action against Israel contributes to anti-Semitism. This factsheet examines the methods and conclusions of this controversial body. Continue reading


Freedom of Expression and Hate Speech in Canada

CJPME Factsheet 79, published April, 2010: This factsheet looks at how freedom of expression is protected in Canada, as well as what constitutes hate speech and what laws pertain to it in Canada, particularly Section 318 and Section 319 of the Canadian Criminal Code. This factsheet also addresses the question of whether criticism of Israel can be equated with hate speech. Continue reading


Israeli Apartheid Week

CJPME Factsheet 75, published March, 2010: This factsheet provides an overview of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), an annual series of international conferences often hosted on university campuses.  IAW activities often feature lectures, film screenings, cultural activities and demonstrations aimed at raising awareness about Israel’s apartheid-like policies toward Palestinians. Continue reading


The defunding of KAIROS by the Harper government

CJPME Factsheet 74, published February, 2010: This factsheet looks at the controversial move by the Harper government to defund KAIROS, the Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, non-governmental organization (NGO.) KAIROS has strong ties with many mainline Canadian churches and a long and reputable history of assistance and development work – both in Canada and overseas. Continue reading


UNRWA, Myths and Facts

CJPME Factsheet 73, published January, 2010: This factsheet addresses a number of destructive myths relating to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Near East (UNRWA). This UN Agency, tasked with alleviating the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and their unique political situation, has been the target of attacks and malicious allegations in recent years. Continue reading


UNRWA, History and Context

CJPME Factsheet 72, published January, 2010: This factsheet provides a historical and contextual overview of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians in the Near East (UNRWA), created to provide humanitarian assistance to the 850,000 Palestinian refugees displaced by war or forcibly expelled from their homes between 1947 and 1949. Today, Palestinian refugees now constitute the world’s largest and most enduring refugee population. Continue reading