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Montreal, September 27, 2023 — A new report by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) warns that Canada’s trade policy with Israel operates as if Israel had already annexed the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT), bolstering Israel’s attempts to annex the territory. Titled “Annexing Palestine Through Trade,” the report shows that through the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA), Canada has been treating all trade with the OPT as if it were “Israeli,” thus violating international law and rewarding Israel’s illegal settlement activity. CJPME’s report demonstrates that CIFTA’s benefits to Palestinians are grossly outweighed by its harms, and urges that the trade deal be suspended until Israel complies with international law.Continue readingMontreal, September 6, 2023 — “Apartheid” is the most popular choice for how Canadians say that they view Israel, according to a new survey of Canadian public opinion conducted by EKOS Research Associates and sponsored by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME). Similarly, the survey found that only a small minority of Canadians view Israel as a “vibrant democracy.” CJPME believes that these findings pose a disturbing challenge to Canada’s warm relationship with Israel, which is premised on the claim that Canada and Israel share “democratic values.”Continue reading
This report evaluates the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement (CIFTA) and its relationship to the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). The report demonstrates that CIFTA treats the OPT as if it was already formally annexed by Israel, that Palestinians were never a partner or signatory to the agreement, and that Palestinians do not really benefit economically from it. The report concludes with recommendations for how Canada can support trade with Palestine without reinforcing Israel’s occupation and apartheid. Issued September 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDFContinue readingThis report compares the treatment of Palestinian child detainees in the Israeli-occupied West Bank to both Jewish settler detainees that live in the same territory and Canadian child detainees. In doing so, this analysis exposes the disparity in the way that Palestinian children are treated, as part of Israel’s system of apartheid and state-sponsored violence. At the end, several recommendations for the Canadian government to take to protect the rights of Palestinian Children are provided. Issued June 14, 2023 Click here to download the full report as a PDFContinue reading
Last December, with a 87-26 majority, the UN General Assembly voted to ask the International Court of Justice to rule on the legality of Israel’s occupation and ongoing human rights violations against the Palestinians. Despite thousands of Canadians emailing their support for the resolution, the Trudeau government went ahead and opposed it! But even worse, not long ago, Canada sent a letter to the ICJ pressuring it to decline the case. If you’re like us, you’re tired of Canada’s shameless attempts to protect Israel from the consequences of its brutal and illegal actions against Palestinians!Continue readingRecently, the Quebec government announced that it was opening an office in Tel Aviv to strengthen ties with Israel. Shockingly, this decision gives a major gift to Israel’s far-right government at the same time it is violently repressing Palestinians, deepening its Apartheid regime, and illegally annexing the occupied West Bank!Continue reading
CJPME Factsheet 237, created August 2023: This factsheet introduces the right-wing extremist coalition parties of the Israeli government. It outlines their domestic policies, particularly the LGBTQ community in Israel and Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. The factsheet also explores their ideology on the issue of Palestinian self-determination and how Canada has responded to the extremist and racist policies of Israel's right-wing government.Continue readingPalestinians and the Right to Resist Factsheet Series No. 236, created: August 2023, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East View factsheet in PDF format CJPME Factsheet 236, published August, 2023 provides arguments for Palestinians' “right to resist” according to international law. This factsheet gives an in-depth analysis as to why did the UN recognized this right, why the “right to resist” is recognized by international humanitarian law, and what limitations exist on this right. The factsheet also explores how Palestinians resist Israeli occupation on an ongoing basis, and the ways in which Canada undermines Palestinians’ right to resist.Continue reading
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