CJPME Applauds CAUT for Opposing IHRA, Supporting Academic Freedom on Palestine

Montreal, November 26, 2021 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) congratulates the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) for standing up for academic freedom on Palestine by opposing the controversial IHRA working definition of antisemitism. A resolution adopted unanimously by delegates at the CAUT’s Council Meeting takes a firm position against the IHRA definition, which conflates criticism and protest of Israel with antisemitism and is therefore widely understood as a threat to academic freedom. CAUT represents more than 70,000 faculty and academic staff in Canada. “CAUT taking a principled position against IHRA is a huge step forward for protecting academic freedom on Palestine and Israel on university campuses” said Michael Bueckert, Vice President of CJPME. “We must commit to fighting against antisemitism everywhere it exists, but without adopting harmful tools like IHRA which delegitimize Palestinian narratives and seek to shut down forms of anti-racist critique and resistance to Israeli oppression.” CJPME notes that CAUT’s resolution follows similar motions adopted by more than thirty faculty associations and academic unions across Canada, as well as by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA). Earlier this year, CAUT stood up for academic freedom on Palestine by issuing a rare censure against the University of Toronto for revoking a job offer after a major donor complained about a job candidate’s scholarship on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. In that instance, pro-Israel advocacy groups had effectively intervened in a confidential hiring process to block the candidate’s appointment. CJPME has previously noted how pro-Israel advocates view IHRA as a tool that can be used by universities to restrict campus activism in support of Palestinians or to prevent the hiring of academics whose scholarship is critical of Israel. About CJPME – Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is a non-profit and secular organization bringing together men and women of all backgrounds who labour to see justice and peace take root again in the Middle East. Its mission is to empower decision-makers to view all sides with fairness and to promote the equitable and sustainable development of the region. For more information, please contact: Michael Bueckert, VP CJPME: 613-315-7947 or [email protected] Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East www.cjpme.org The whole or parts of this press release can be reproduced without permission. -30-




Statement from the Palestinian-Canadian Academics and Artists Network on the CAUT Resolution Against IHRA

Montreal, November 26, 2021  — The Palestinian-Canadian Academics and Artists Network (PCAAN) applauds CAUT’s resolution opposing the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance Working Definition of Antisemitism (IHRA WDA) at Canadian universities and colleges. Continue reading




Inter-Parliamentary Task Force condemns alarming threats to Palestinian civil society

Montreal, November 9, 2021  — Legislators from Europe and North America came together recently to discuss the alarming recent threats to Palestinian civil society by the Israeli government, as well as initiatives that governments can take to ensure that public funding is not contributing to Israeli violations of human rights. Continue reading




Montreal Mayoral Candidates answer questions from CJPME on discrimination, human rights, and more

Montreal, November 4, 2021  — CJPME is pleased to provide its metro Montreal supporters with an overview of key issues in advance of this weekend’s Montreal municipal elections. Montreal mayoral candidates answered questions from CJPME on IHRA and free speech on Palestine, religious discrimination, anti-Arab racism, human rights, and more. Continue reading




CJPME joins 234 organizations in urging action to protect Palestinian civil society

Montreal, October 30, 2021  — CJPME joins 234 organizations in calling on the international community to protect Palestinian civil society, and to condemn Israel's "terrorist" designation of six leading Palestinian human rights organizations as a wrongful act. Read the joint statement below. Continue reading




Survey Finds Anti-Arab Racism a Disturbing Problem in Canada

Montreal, October 28, 2021  — A survey of Canadian opinion conducted by EKOS Research Associates reveals a disturbing problem of racist attitudes toward Arabs in Canada. The survey found that Canadians hold more negative views towards immigration from Arab countries, compared to immigration in general, and that Canadians hold negative stereotypes about Arabs and Arab society. At the same time, the survey shows that Canadians acknowledge anti-Arab racism to be a problem, are generally opposed to racial profiling of Arabs, and recognize that various barriers can negatively affect the ability of Arab-Canadians to secure employment. Finally, the survey results show that Canadians hold Arabs less responsible than Israel for prolonging the “Arab-Israeli conflict,” and support proactive measures to hold Israel accountable. Continue reading




CJPME Urges Canada to Act as Israel Outlaws 6 Prominent Palestinian Civil Society Groups

Montreal, October 22, 2021  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is expressing serious alarm following a major Israeli assault against Palestinian civil society. Israel’s Minister of Defense Benny Gantz today declared six respected and credible Palestinian organizations – several of them human rights organizations - to be “terrorist organisations,” in a clear attempt to shut down their activities. CJPME warns that this designation is likely to have catastrophic financial, legal, and reputational consequences for these vulnerable organizations, putting the work and safety of their employees at risk. Continue reading




New CJPME Settlement with Rebel Media in Lawsuit

Montreal, October 21, 2021 – CJPME is pleased to announce that its small claims court lawsuit with Ezra Levant and Rebel Media News Network Ltd. has been settled. Launched in early 2021, CJPME’s suit was based on Rebel Media’s failure to promptly comply with the terms of a previous settlement between the two parties, reached in February 2020. Continue reading




Letter to TDSB on pattern of anti-Palestinian discrimination

Montreal, October 8, 2021  — Below is a letter from CJPME to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). The letter raises concerns over how supporters of Palestinian rights have been mistreated by the TDSB, while pro-Israel lobby groups have been given an opportunity to shape curriculum. Click here to download a PDF of the letter. Continue reading




CJPME Condemns Pattern of Anti-Palestinian Racism at the Toronto District School Board

Montreal, September 30, 2021 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is extremely concerned about a pattern of anti-Palestinian racism in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) after a series of instances in which the board has reprimanded or disavowed voices who spoke about Palestinian human rights. Most recently, the board apologized for causing “harm” after journalist and activist Desmond Cole spoke about Palestinian rights during an event about anti-Black racism. CJPME is also deeply troubled that TDSB intends to hire a pro-Israel lobby group - with a history of trying to silence academic critics of Israel - to design classroom resources on “anti-Palestinian and anti-Israel sentiments.” Continue reading