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

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


Israel’s attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla

CJPME Factsheet 81, published June, 2010: This factsheet looks into Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla at the end of May, 2010. Since 2007 Israel enforced a blockade on the Gaza Strip that has since triggered humanitarian and economic hardship.  Israel’s violent attack against the humanitarian boat convoy resulted in the death of nine activist (eight Turks and one American). The Israeli commandos’ bloody attack sparked an outcry across the world and provoked an unprecedented wave of protests against the Gaza blockade. Continue reading


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: Indigo Books and Music Inc.

CJPME Factsheet 82, published June, 2010: This factsheet provides an overview of Indigo Books and Music Inc., Canada’s largest retail bookstore and the third largest in North America. Husband and wife Gerry Schwartz and Heather Reisman, who control 68% of the assets of the company, established the HESEG Foundation for Lone Soldiers in 2005 to encourage foreign soldiers to join the Israeli army and continue their studies in Israel. By supporting and rewarding the « Lone Soldiers », Reisman and Schwartz by means of Indigo Books and Music Inc., indirectly support Israel military efforts in the occupation of the Palestinian territories.  Continue reading


The illegality of the Gaza blockade

CJPME Factsheet 87, published June, 2010: This factsheet looks at the illegality of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. While the Israeli government argues its blockade of Gaza is legal, the opposite is true under the laws of war. To date, several neutral international organizations have condemned the blockade on grounds that it amounts to collective punishment and in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law. This factsheet also provides an overview of the several alternatives (other than a blockade) that can address Israel’s security concerns. 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