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

Legal Violations with the ROM’s Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit

CJPME Factsheet 63, published May, 2009: After occupying East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel seized archeological artifacts, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, a collection of over 900 ancient manuscripts excavated from Qumran and surrounding areas in the West Bank. In June, 2009, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) showcased these artifacts in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority, violating Canada’s responsibilities under UNESCO and its own obligations as a member of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA). Continue reading


American Forces in Iraq - the Road Ahead

CJPME Factsheet 60, published May, 2009: This factsheet looks at arrangements under which American Forces have been operating in Iraq, such as the Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs), which guarantees a US withdrawal from Iraq by 2011, and sets the legal status of US troops and US contractor, as well as that of detainees. This factsheet also looks at the challenges that lie ahead in a post-SOFA Iraq. Continue reading


‘Respectable’ Racism in North America

CJPME Factsheet 64, published May, 2009: This factsheet provides an introduction to the term “respectable racism,” which is defined as actions and speech that should be defined as racist but that are no longer perceived as such by politicians, intellectuals and the public at large. Depictions of Arabs and Muslims as irrational and full of hatred, for instance, are some of the most common examples of respectable racism today. As this kind of racist discourse becomes acceptable, it evolves into “respectable racism,” representing a dangerous norm with detrimental consequences for society at large. Continue reading


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


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


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


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