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


Position Paper: The Middle East and Canada's loss of International Stature

In October, 2010, Canada lost its bid for a place on the UN Security Council (UNSC). This is the first time in six decades that Canada has sought a seat on the Security Council and failed to win it. Canada must change its approach to Middle East policy or it will be increasingly marginalized at the UN. 


Position Paper: Canada and Funding for UNRWA

The UNRWA is the caretaker human development and relief agency for Palestinian refugees. It provides educational programs, relief and social services, health programs, microenterprise and microfinance programs, and emergency relief. In January, 2010, the Canadian government announced it would curtail funding to UNRWA and redirect aid to projects in the Palestinian Authority (PA). This position paper explains why Canada’s decision will be counterproductive if it seeks to address the root causes of extremism and promote peace and stability between Israel and Palestine and provides recommendations. 


Position Paper: Canada, Israel and the Blockade of Gaza

This position paper looks at the impact of the Blockade of Gaza, and proposes a list of suggestions to the Canadian government to put a term to the injustices against the Palestinians. Recommendations such as insisting with Israel to end the Blockade, stop marginalizing Hamas and clarifying its human engagement to Palestinians.


Position Paper: Canada and the Gaza Aid Flotilla Attack

The Gaza flotilla raid was a military operation by Israel against six civilian ships of the "Gaza Freedom Flotilla" on 31 May 2010 in international waters in the Mediterranean Sea. Nine activists were killed in the raid. This position paper presents recommendations on how the Canadian government should handle the aftermath of this attack. 


Position Paper: Canada, Israeli Colonies and Peace in the Middle East

This paper looks at the impacts of Israeli colony growth and highlights the importance for the Canadian’s government to actively oppose this colonial expansion and to pressure Israel to respect international law. 


Position Paper: Canada and Israeli Apartheid Week

This position paper discusses several points regarding how the Canadian government should handle the Israeli Apartheid Week.


Position Paper: Canada and Nuclear Weapons in the Middle East

This position paper displays CJPME’s recommendations concerning Canada’s policy on nuclear weapons in the Middle East.


Position Paper: Discriminatory Israeli visa policies applied to Canadian nationals

Since the Spring of 2009, Israel has begun introducing new processes at its border crossings which are affecting Canadian nationals travelling in the region. These new measures have very unfortunate repercussions – and even legal implications – for Canadians travelling to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. 


Position Paper: Responding to recent Human Rights Reports on Gaza

In the ten months following Israel’s assault on Gaza last winter, numerous different human rights reports were commissioned and completed. Of all the reports, however, the most prominent and comprehensive report was the “Goldstone Report,” a fact finding mission commissioned by the UN Human Rights Council, led by Justice Richard Goldstone, issued on Sept. 25th, 2009. This position paper displays recommendations that have been framed around the work of the Goldstone Report. 


Position Paper: Finding a new way to stability in the Middle East

This position paper lists a number of actions that Canada should take to deal more efficiently with instability in the Middle East. Actions like increasing the human and humanitarian help for Gaza, rejecting the status quo in the Middle East and dealing with Hamas.