Below are CJPME's most recent Position Papers. See complete list of all of CJPME's Position Papers
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 PDF Continue reading
This 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 PDF Continue reading
This report looks at the problem of political advertising on TheJ.ca, a Website which regularly publishes racist content. CJPME has found advertisements on this website on behalf of Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and other politicians at the federal, provincial, and municipal level, as well as a variety of businesses and non-profits. The Website's content discredits Black civil rights movements, disability activists, Muslims, Arabs, Palestinians, and Indigenous claims, including articles claiming that some ethnic groups “matter more” than others. The report calls on these politicians to discontinue advertising on this website and issue formal statements distancing themselves from its abhorrent views. Click here to access the full report Please click here to view screenshots of political advertisements on TheJ.ca. Please click here to view screenshots of business and non-profit advertisements on TheJ.ca. Continue reading
This 14-page report demonstrates how the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism is used to silence critical political expression of Israel. Proponents of the IHRA definition of antisemitism claim that it does not silence free speech on Palestine. In practice, however, IHRA is used to target those who express their solidarity with Palestinians and risks being used daily against those who challenge Israel's treatment of Palestinians. Access the full report here. Continue reading
This 20-page report provides stark observations on the grave situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). The report is authored by CJPME’s VP, Michael Bueckert, who returned on Nov. 11, 2022, from a two-week trip to the OPT and Palestinian communities within Israel. Bottom line: the brutal status quo in Palestine-Israel is untenable; Canada’s position is totally out of touch with reality; and Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line desire equality and an end to Israeli apartheid. Access the full report here. Continue reading
Canada’s pro-Israel voting record at the UN contradicts its own values and interests and harms its international reputation, according to documents released via Access to Information legislation. The released documents cover the period leading up to Canada’s 2019 decision to resume its support for Palestinian self-determination at the UN. In this report, CJPME looks at how Canadian officials really view Canada's UN voting record, and urges Canada to support all resolutions which aim to uphold Palestinian human rights. Issued September 7, 2022 Continue reading
In this position paper, CJPME outlines the problem of Canada's accelerating arms exports to Israel at a time when Israeli practices are increasingly recognized as amounting to apartheid. Photo credit: Hersi Osman / Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians.
This analysis explores the problem of Canada's arms exports to Israel, given that the latter stands accused of significant human rights abuses and of maintaining a regime of apartheid against Palestinians. The analysis examines Canada’s exports of military goods to Israel, including the current values and historical trends, and the potential risk that these exports may contribute to a deteriorating situation for human rights and international law. This analysis also reveals that there is precedent in recent Canadian history for restricting sales to Israel over concerns about human rights and military aggression. Issued April 13, 2022 Continue reading
In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine following February 24, 2022, Canadian authorities responded immediately to the crisis by implementing a broad set of mechanisms to uphold international law. However, similar or identical measures have been dismissed by Canadian officials as options to address related Israeli acts of aggression, occupation, and the annexation of Palestinian territory. In this Position Paper, CJPME notes the discrepancy in Canadian measures as applied to Russia and Israel, and urges their consistent application in all cases of violations of international law. Updated May 25, 2022.
This position paper presents a series of recommendations to Canadian officials, which together outline a constructive role for Canada in Palestine-Israel. These include: Canada must engage with the growing consensus among human rights organizations that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid, as defined under international law; Canada must stand up for human rights defenders and oppose Israel’s criminalization of Palestinian NGOs; Canada should consistently and forcefully condemn all violations of human rights and international law; The Parliamentary discourse on Israel-Palestine must reflect the fact that there are no negotiations presently taking place between Israelis and Palestinians; Canada must stop attempting to block initiatives by Palestinians to seek justice and representation at the international level; Canada must provide humanitarian relief to Palestinians suffering as a result of the conflict; Parliamentarians must seek a deeper understanding of the existing dynamics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and share that knowledge with Canadians.