CJPME Condemns Doug Ford for Anti-Democratic Move to Protect Israel from Criticism

Montreal, October 27, 2020  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns Doug Ford’s Ontario Government for pulling the plug on democracy in an attempt to protect Israel from criticism. This afternoon, Ford circumvented public opinion by unilaterally adopting the controversial International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism through an Order-In-Council, even as Bill 168 (which would have adopted IHRA) was entering the stage of public input and debate. Continue reading

CJPME Settlement with Rebel Media in Defamation Lawsuit

Montreal, October 27, 2020 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is pleased to announce that its defamation lawsuit with Ezra Levant and Rebel Media News Network Ltd. has been settled. Launched in 2016, CJPME’s suit was based on a series of defamatory publications released by Rebel Media that attacked CJPME for its promotion of the BDS campaign. BDS, standing for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions,” is an international movement to apply economic pressure on Israel such that it fully respects the human rights of Palestinians. Rebel Media’s publications accused CJPME of anti-Semitism, comparing CJPME to Nazis and calling CJPME “Jew-baiters.” The publications also called for CJPME to be stripped of its charitable status, although CJPME has never had charitable status. Continue reading

Survey: Canadians Reject Efforts to Brand Criticism and Protest of Israel as Antisemitic

Montreal, October 7, 2020  — Newly published results from a survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates show that Canadians do not support efforts to conflate support for Palestinian human rights with anti-Jewish prejudice. The survey found that the majority of Canadians believe that criticism and protest of Israel, even when harsh, is not in principle antisemitic. Continue reading

CJPME Condemns Detention of Carleton PhD Student in Turkey

Montreal, September 28, 2020  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) adds its voice to those calling for the release of Cihan Erdal, a queer youth activist and PhD student at Carleton University in Ottawa who was detained in Turkey along with 81 other pro-Kurdish activists, academics, and politicians. Continue reading

CJPME Letter to University of Toronto Faculty of Law, re: Dr. Azarova

Letter to the University of Toronto Faculty of Law regarding the revocation of a job offer to Dr. Azarova due to her scholarship on Israel's occupation of Palestine, September 25, 2020. Continue reading

CJPME Condemns Anti-Palestinian Prejudice at the U of T

Montreal, September 23, 2020  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is alarmed by recent actions of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law that amount to censorship of critical scholarship about Israel. The university has been widely criticized for allegedly rescinding a job offer to human rights professor Valentina Azarova after a sitting judge on the Tax Court of Canada — and a major donor to the faculty — complained about Azarova’s scholarship on the Israeli occupation of Palestine. According to the Globe and Mail, the judge who intervened is Justice David Spiro, a former board member of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. The position that Azarova was denied was director of the law school’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP). Continue reading

Survey: Regarding ICC, Canadians Reject Double Standard for Israel

Montreal, September 16, 2020  — Amid growing controversy over a possible ICC investigation into Israel, newly published results from a survey conducted by EKOS Research Associates show that Canadians do not want Israel to be treated differently than other countries when it comes to consequences for alleged war crimes or human rights violations. The survey found that Canadians support an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of any country accused of war crimes, including Israel, and they do not want Canada to overlook Israel’s human rights violations. The survey further found that Canadians do not support recognizing Jerusalem as exclusively Israel’s capital. Continue reading

After UN Report, Canada Must Cancel Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Montréal, September 10, 2020  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) reiterates its call for the cancellation of Canada’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia. This renewed call comes in light of a recent UN report which highlights the role of Canadian weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia in perpetuating its devastating war on Yemen. According to a panel of expert UN investigators, Canada's arms transfers to Saudi Arabia are "helping to perpetuate the conflict" in Yemen, which has been characterized by “disproportionate attacks” which may constitute war crimes. The report included a call for all states to “stop transferring arms to the parties to the conflict.” Continue reading

CJPME and IJV Evaluate Green Party Leadership Candidates on Middle East Issues

Montreal, August 20, 2020  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) have conducted a comprehensive analysis of each of the nine Green Party of Canada (GPC) leadership candidates on Middle East-related issues, awarding Dimitri Lascaris the best score with an A rating. Meryam Haddad was next with an A-, followed by Judy Green and Amita Kuttner each with a B+. At the bottom of the ranking were Glen Murray with a C and Annamie Paul with a C-.   Continue reading

CJPME: Israel-UAE Agreement Does Not End Threat of Israeli Annexation

Montreal, August 13, 2020  — In light of today’s normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) warns that the threat of Israeli annexation remains as urgent as ever. A widely reported statement published today by the United States claims that Israel “will suspend” its annexation plans in exchange for normalization with the UAE. However, an Israeli official told the Times of Israel that Israel remains committed to annexation, and that “The Trump administration asked to temporarily suspend the announcement [of annexation] in order to first implement the historic peace agreement with the UAE.” Continue reading