Montreal, September 8, 2021 — This week, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) issued its “Vote 2021 Elections Guide,” evaluating the record and promises of the five largest federal parties on Palestine-Israel and other Middle East issues. The guide evaluates the parties on ten different Middle East issues according to a number of different criteria, including 1) their support for international law; 2) their consistent application of international law; 3) their eschewal of armed violence; 4) their humanitarian concern; 5) their support for representative governance; and 6) their sense of urgency in responding to crises.Continue reading
Palestine on the Ballot: Joint Campaign Launches to Foreground Palestinian Human Rights During Canadian ElectionsMontreal, August 18, 2021: Today, a partnership of Canadian advocacy groups launched Vote Palestine: a campaign and online resource to put issues of human rights in Palestine-Israel on the agenda for the federal election. Central to the campaign is a joint platform of shared demands that civil society groups hope to see candidates take on. With these tools, Vote Palestine intends to challenge candidates to make clear commitments on foreign policy that could bring about real change for the better in the region.Continue reading
Time is running out for Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan! In these two neighbourhoods in occupied East Jerusalem, Israel is attempting to forcibly evict 175 Palestinian families from the homes they’ve lived in for generations -- and replace them with Israeli settlers. More than 1,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem are at risk of forced eviction, a crime under international law. Although Canada has expressed concerns about the evictions, concrete action is urgently needed to prevent this act of ethnic cleansing. Click here to demand the Canadian Government take action now!Continue readingEarlier this week during Parliament’s Question Period, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh raised the issue of Israel’s expulsion of Palestinians from Jerusalem, and Israel’s harassment of Ramadan worshippers at the Al Aqsa Mosque. He then asked whether Canada would stop arms sales to Israel. Since the government ignored the essence of his question, and so far has refused to directly condemn Israel, the NDP must demand an emergency Parliamentary debate on Jerusalem, insisting on a reset of Canada’s policy on Israel-Palestine. Click here to urge NDP MPs to stand up for Jerusalem.Continue reading
In this policy note, CJPME calls for a major reorientation of Canadian policy towards the Middle East. CJPME urges Canadian politicians and officials to focus on immediate policy tools that can facilitate equality and human rights for both Palestinians and Israelis, rather than emphasizing a theoretical two-state solution as a potential political outcome. This shift in priorities is essential if Canada is serious about advancing the prospects of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. Issued July 2021Continue readingOpen Letter on Islamophobia to Canada and Quebec’s Political and Civil Leaders, from the Canadian Muslim Forum and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East. January 27, 2021. In a few days, Canadians will mark the fourth anniversary of the tragic Quebec City mosque massacre. On January 29, 2017, a young man influenced by online hatred and racism entered the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City and opened fire on Muslim-Canadian worshippers. When he was done, six Canadians were dead, and 19 more injured.Continue reading
CJPME Factsheet No. 224, published June, 2021: This factsheet provides an analysis of the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Palestine and Israel's legal responsibility to protect Palestinians from the disease.Continue reading
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