Minister Garneau Must Use Middle East Trip to Press Israel on Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan

Montreal, June 30, 2021  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is urging Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau to use his trip to the Middle East this week to press Israel on the impending mass expulsions of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan. Garneau will be visiting Israel and the occupied West Bank within the next few days to “advance Canada’s support towards the goal of a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the region and a 2-state solution.” CJPME notes that Garneau’s visit will take place as 175 Palestinian families in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan are under threat of being expelled from their homes to be replaced with Israeli settlers. Continue reading


CJPME Joins Partners to Denounce Human Rights Violations in Algeria

Montreal, June 22, 2021 — Today, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) joins dozens of organizations from around the world in denouncing the Algerian government’s alarming crackdown on dissent, and violations of human rights.  In 2019, Algeria saw significant civil unrest, with massive numbers of citizens taking peacefully to the streets. The 2019 protests called for dramatic political reforms and a reshaping of the entire governing system, but were met with stiff government violence and repression. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, protests resumed in February, 2021, and the Algerian government has again responded brutally.  Continue reading


CJPME applauds Canadian Labour Congress for endorsing sanctions on Israel

Montreal, June 18, 2021 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) congratulates the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) for resolving to campaign for Palestinian human rights and endorsing the use of sanctions and divestment against Israel. An emergency motion adopted by the CLC’s Canadian Council commits to support a ban on settlement goods, promoting divestment from Israeli military and security companies, and calling on Canada halt arms sales to Israel, among other measures. The CLC represents more than three million workers in Canada. Continue reading


Canada Must Act to Protect Palestinians from Israel’s Dangerous New Prime Minister

Montreal, June 13, 2021 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is urging the Canadian government to take immediate action to guarantee the rights and safety of Palestinians following the nomination of Israel’s new far-right Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. CJPME warns that Bennett has a long history of violently racist statements and actions against Palestinians, and therefore poses a grave threat to the millions of Palestinians who live under Israel’s military rule. Continue reading


CJPME Opposes Quebec's Anti-Democratic Adoption of IHRA

Montreal, June 11, 2021  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) opposes Quebec's unilateral adoption of the controversial IHRA definition of antisemitism, which conflates antisemitism with criticism of Israel and therefore poses a threat to free speech on issues related to Israel's human rights abuses. On June 9, the Quebec government announced that it was unilaterally adopting IHRA. This decision was taken without public input or debate, just days after a motion in the National Assembly to endorse IHRA was blocked by Québec solidaire. Continue reading


Annamie Paul Must Abandon Toxic Anti-Palestine Politics Before It Destroys the Green Party

Montreal, June 10, 2021  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is calling on Green Party of Canada (GPC) leader Annamie Paul to abandon her toxic, anti-Palestine approach to politics before it destroys the party, following the departure of MP Jenica Atwin. Atwin’s decision to leave the GPC comes in the wake of vile attacks against her by Annamie Paul’s senior advisor and spokesperson, who slandered Atwin as antisemitic and vowed to “defeat” her in retaliation for appropriate criticism of Israeli apartheid. Despite Annamie Paul’s insistence that this incident had nothing to do with Atwin leaving, a statement from the GPC caucus confirmed that it “created the conditions that led to this crisis.” Continue reading


Human Rights Groups Applaud Québec Solidaire for Rejecting the Controversial IHRA Antisemitism Definition

Montreal, June 4, 2021 - Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), the Canada Palestine Foundation of Quebec (CPFQ) and Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) congratulate Québec Solidaire for rejecting a non-binding motion in Quebec’s National Assembly this morning which would have adopted language from the dangerously-flawed and widely-rejected International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) Working Definition of Antisemitism. In rejecting this motion, Québec Solidaire is the only party in the National Assembly to have taken a firm position both against antisemitism and against the silencing of Palestinian voices. Continue reading


CJPME Statement in Support of Javier Davila

June 3, 2021 - Below is a statement from CJPME in support of Javier Davila, a Toronto anti-oppression educator who is being disciplined and investigated for sharing information on Palestine. Download a PDF version of the statement here. Continue reading


CJPME Statement: Annamie Paul must defend her Green Party MPs from unjust attacks

June 3, 2021 - Below is a statement from CJPME in response to attacks on Green MPs from a senior advisor to Green Party leader Annamie Paul. CJPME calls on Paul to defend her MPs, stand up for the right of Greens to criticize Israel, and to release a new statement which clearly condemns Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights. Download a PDF version of the statement here. Continue reading


Inter-Parliamentary Task Force Meets To Discuss a Coordinated Response to Promote Palestinian Human Rights

Amid an escalation of violence in Palestine-Israel, legislators from Europe and North America came together earlier today to talk about how to elevate the issue of Palestinian human rights in the global public discussion.  The meeting was the first for the multi-partisan “Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Promote Palestinian Human Rights,” which is composed of 23 legislators from 10 countries, including the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Finland, Belgium and several other European countries. 13 representatives came together for the first meeting, including MPs Niki Ashton and Paul Manly (Canada), MP Tommy Sheppard (UK), MP Veronika Honkasalo (Finland), the Podemos International Secretariat (Spain) and the Offices of Representative Betty McCollum (US) and MP Fotini Bakadima (Greece). Continue reading