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

The 2009 Israeli Elections and Israel’s Move to the Right

CJPME Factsheet 61, published April, 2009: This factsheet looks at Israel’s move to the right in the political spectrum. The 2009 Israeli elections resulted in the victory of a right wing government headed by the leader of the Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu, that is the most overtly hawkish in the country’s recent history. Its election does not bode well for regional stability or peace with Palestinians, and its worldview and intentions are explicit in their current policies, political histories, and portrayal in the media. Continue reading

Omar Khadr: Abandoned by Canada

CJPME Factsheet 59, published April, 2009: This factsheet looks into Omar Khadr’ ordeal, from being captured in Afghanistan by American troops in 2002 at the age of fifteen, to his detention at Guantanamo Bay, where he has been held without a trial for nearly seven years. Although Khadr is a Canadian citizen, the Canadian government has refused to seek his extradition or repatriation despite the urgings to do so of Amnesty International and the Canadian Bar Association. Continue reading

Egyptian role in the Siege of Gaza

CJPME Factsheet 62, published April, 2009: While Israel has imposed a crippling blockade on Gaza since 2007, Egypt has also played a crucial role in maintaining the siege by closing its own border – the Rafah crossing – with Gaza. Many people around the world see Egypt as complicit in the human rights abuses imposed on Gaza for its collaboration with the Israeli-led blockade of the Strip. Continue reading

The Challenge of Avigdor Lieberman and Yisrael Beiteinu

CJPME Factsheet 57, published March, 2009: This factsheet looks at the challenges that lie ahead should Avigdor Lieberman become Israel’s Foreign Minister. After receiving 15% of seats in the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) in the 2009 general elections, the Yisrael Beitenu party poses a grave threat to the Israeli/Palestinian peace process and to the rights of Arab citizens of Israel. Beiteinu’s platform is one of ultra-right-wing ethnic nationalism, whose tenets relating to citizenship, military service and land allocation can accurately be described as fascist. Continue reading

CAF, Jason Kenney, and principles of government funding

CJPME Factsheet 55, published March, 2009: This factsheet provides an overview of the Canadian Arab Federation (CAF), which is composed of over 40 member organizations and strives to raise awareness of issues impacting the Canadian Arab community. Conservative MP Jason Kenney announced in March 2009 that – as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration – he would eliminate federal funding for CAF, which he has accused as being a racist organization because of its criticism of the current Israeli regime. Kenney, however, has never provided proof for his accusations despite requests to do so. Continue reading

Canada and Durban II (i.e. The 2009 Conference against Racism)

CJPME Factsheet 56, published March, 2009: This factsheet provides an overview of the 2009 Conference against Racism, Durban II. During the 2001 Durban I conference, the U.S. and Israel walked out over a draft resolution which likened Zionism to racism, as had UN Resolution 3379, which was eventually revoked as a condition for Israel’s participation in the US-backed peace process. In 2008, Canada withdrew from Durban II, strengthening its close ties with Israel while also labeling any criticism of Israel as inherently anti-Semitic or racist. Continue reading

Israel’s Apartheid Wall

CJPME Factsheet 3, published March, 2004 provides an overview of the impact of the Israeli Apartheid Wall--what is the wall, what is it's course, does it really live up to its intention in securing Irsael from terrorist attacks, the Wall's impact on Palestinian life and it's legality. Continue reading

The WMA, the IMA, Dr. Yoram Blachar and torture in Israel

CJPME Factsheet 54, published February, 2009: This factsheet looks at the World Medical Association (WMA), an international organization that determines the proper ethical conduct physicians should abide by at all times. The Israeli Medical Association (IMA) signed WMA’s Declaration of Tokyo in 1975, which prohibits the participation of physicians in interrogations and torture of any kind. Dr. Yoram Blachar, long-standing president of the IMA, was inaugurated as President of the World Medical Association (WMA) in 2008. Many have since called on Dr. Blachar to step down as head of the WMA, since doctors in Israel continue to play an integral role in the everyday running of Israeli interrogation suites that include cruel and inhumane treatment and humiliation amounting to torture. Continue reading

Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza following Israeli Assault

CJPME Factsheet 53, published February, 2009: This factsheet provides figures and data gathered in the aftermath of Israel’s 21-day assault on Gaza in 2009. Israel’s aggression resulted in 1,440 casualties of which 431 were children. This factsheet looks at the state of Gaza’s health services, including health facilities, supplies, and access to health care; the major health challenges, including water-borne diseases, the increase need for medical specialists, psychological trauma, and malnutrition; the effect of the war on Gaza’s economy, including poverty and unemployment, and the destruction of commercial enterprises and the agricultural sector, among many other things. Continue reading

Legal violations during Israel’s war on Gaza

CJPME Factsheet 52, published February, 2009: This factsheet looks at how Israel failed in all of its obligations under international humanitarian law during the war on Gaza from Dec.27 to Jan. 17th 2009. Indeed, Israel is accused of not allowing sufficient aid into the territory, keeping detained Palestinians during the war in inhumane conditions, and using highly dispersed and non-precision weapons among other things. This factsheet also provides recommendations on how to persecute Israel for war crimes. Continue reading