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


The 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine

CJPME Factsheet 173, published July, 2013: Given the violent and tumultuous events following the implementation of the UN’s 1947  Partition Plan, there is quite a bit of confusion as to the true nature of the Plan.  This factsheet looks at the motivation for the Plan, the intents of the Plan, and the response to the Plan of various actors. Continue reading


Jaffa Oranges: Pride and Propaganda

CJPME Factsheet 176, published July, 2013: While many think of the Jaffa orange as being an Israeli product, the Jaffa orange was a prized output of Palestinian farmers for generations before the state of Israel was founded.  This factsheet examines the history of the Jaffa orange, and the symbolic role it plays today. Continue reading


Gaza’s Fishing Industry

CJPME Factsheet 174, published July, 2013: This factsheet examines the importance of fishing to the economy and well-being of Gaza.  After a brief overview of the history of fishing in Gaza, this factsheet looks at the wide-reaching impact of Israel’s blockade on the fishing and people of Gaza. Continue reading


Boycott Campaign – SodaStream international

CJPME Factsheet 172, published June, 2013: This factsheet looks at the Israeli company Sodastream, and the reasons it should be a target in the Boycott Israel campaign.  Notably, the factsheet looks at Sodastream’s business practices and installations in the light of international law to make a compelling case for a boycott Continue reading


Israel and “Pinkwashing”

CJPME Factsheet 171, published June, 2013: This factsheet addresses the phenomenon of Israeli “pinkwashing”: the promotion of Israel’s gay-friendly culture as a cover for human rights violations against Palestinians.  The factsheet takes a closer look at true Israeli attitudes towards the LGBT community, and the different forms that pinkwashing takes.  Continue reading


Tawakkol Karman: Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize Winner

CJPME Factsheet 170, published April, 2013: Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni political activist who, along with two female Liberian peace activists, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.  This factsheet looks at her life leading up to, and following the awarding of the peace prize.   Continue reading


Syrian Refugee Crisis

CJPME Factsheet 166, published March, 2013: After two years of civil war, the Syria refugee problem has become huge.  This factsheet provides the background context to the crisis, describes the overall numbers after two years, and identifies countries hosting the greatest numbers of refugees.  Finally, Canada’s parsimonious aid thus far is examined. Continue reading


Discriminatory Legislation under Netanyahu

CJPME Factsheet 169, published February, 2013: Following the re-election of Israel’s Likud government, with Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, a series of discriminatory bills were expected to be pursued in Israel.  This factsheet summarizes the most prominent and discriminatory of these laws and bills. Continue reading


Iranian Nuclear Program

CJPME Factsheet 165, published February, 2013: For years, Israel and the West have fretted about how to contain Iran’s potential nuclear ambitions.  This factsheet summarizes the threats – real and imagined – of Iran’s nuclear programs, and whether Israel’s and Canada’s worries are justified.  It also explores the legality of the Israel’s threat to pre-emptively destroy Iran’s nuclear installations. Continue reading


Liberal Party: Historic Middle East Policy

CJPME Factsheet 164, published February, 2013: This factsheet provides a historical perspective on how Canada’s federal Liberal Party has reacted to key developments in the Middle East since the Second World War.  There is an emphasis on Liberal policy on Palestine-Israel, but the party’s reaction to other key events is also summarized. Continue reading