McGill should divest from genocide to defuse student encampment standoff: CJPME

Montreal, April 30, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is urging McGill University to respond to the student encampment by respecting their demands, and divesting from companies that are complicit in Israel’s genocide in Gaza. After only a few days of peaceful protest, CJPME is alarmed by the administration’s threats to dispel the students through force, which could result in a violent police crackdown and mass arrests. CJPME believes that the students’ demands reflect international legal and ethical imperatives that should be respected by the University. Continue reading

 

82,000 Canadians sign historic Parliamentary e-Petition calling for arms embargo on Israel

Montreal, April 18, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes today’s introduction of official Parliamentary Petition e-4745, which calls for a two-way arms embargo on Israel and was sponsored by NDP Foreign Affairs Critic Heather McPherson. With 82,248 signatures, it is the 9th most popular e-petition in the history of Parliament. CJPME urges the Canadian government to finally listen to Canadians and immediately impose an arms embargo on all military trade with Israel using the Special Economic Measures Act. Continue reading

 

Canada must pressure Israel to prevent a broader war with Iran: CJPME

Montreal, April 15, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is alarmed by Canada’s response to the military escalation between Israel and Iran, and is urging the government to do everything it can to prevent the outbreak of a broader war. Following Israel’s airstrike on an Iranian consulate in Syria on April 1, Iran retaliated over the weekend with an air attack on Israel. CJPME warns that Canada’s unconditional support for Israel, continued silence on its aggressions, and its failure to discourage Israel’s provocative attacks, may give the green light to Israel’s far-right government to pursue a catastrophic war with Iran that drags the US and Canada into full-scale confrontation with the Iranian military. Continue reading

 

Canada must cancel contracts for weapons used in Israeli killing of Canadian aid worker

Montreal, April 4, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is calling on the Canadian government to cancel all contracts for the purchase of Israeli weapons used in the targeted killing of a Canadian aid worker in Gaza. 33-year-old Jacob Flickinger was killed alongside 6 international and Palestinian volunteers with World Central Kitchen in a series of Israeli airstrikes on their aid convoy. An Elbit Systems Hermes drone and Rafael Spike missiles were reportedly used in the attack, and very similar models have been purchased by Canada in the last few years, valued at almost $80M. CJPME calls on the Canadian government to immediately cancel its weapons contracts with these Israeli companies and impose a full, two-way embargo on military trade with Israel. Continue reading

 

Canada’s stalling on arms embargo violates Parliamentary vote: CJPME

Montreal, April 3, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is calling on Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly to fully respect the intent of the Palestine motion adopted by Parliament on March 18 and impose a comprehensive embargo on all arms exports to Israel. While Joly has indicated that she is planning on enacting parts of the motion, she has said that any ban on arms exports will exclude trade under existing arms export permits, a massive loophole that contradicts the plain language understanding of the March 18 motion. CJPME reminds Joly that Parliament voted for a comprehensive end to arms transfers, and insists that she cancel all existing permits for weapons to Israel. Continue reading

 

CJPME condemns Israel’s targeted killing of Canadian aid worker

Montreal, April 2, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns in the strongest terms Israel’s targeted attack on an aid convoy in Gaza which killed a Canadian-US dual national. The aid worker was killed alongside 6 international and Palestinian volunteers with World Central Kitchen in a series of Israeli airstrikes on their aid convoy. The identity of the Canadian has not yet been publicly identified. CJPME calls on the Canadian government to ensure swift consequences for this criminal act. Continue reading

 

Canada must insist that Israel end man-made famine in Gaza: CJPME

Montreal, April 1, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) strenuously urges the Trudeau government to pressure Israel to end policies which are creating a man-made famine in Gaza. For weeks, media reports indicate that children have begun to starve to death as a direct result of Israel’s blockade, which itself violates the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to ensure humanitarian access. If diplomatic strategies to get Israel to end its aid blockade have thus far been unproductive, CJPME reiterates its demand that Canada impose sanctions on Israeli leaders responsible for the forced starvation in Gaza. Continue reading

 

Parliament votes to end arms exports to Israel in watered-down motion: CJPME

Montreal, March 18, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) Vice President Michael Bueckert has issued the following statement in response to this evening’s vote by the House of Commons on an NDP Opposition Day motion on Palestine: Continue reading

 

Government Ministers will show their true colours with today’s vote on Palestine motion: CJPME

Montreal, March 18, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is urging all Members of Parliament to vote ‘Yes’ on today’s NDP Opposition Day motion on Palestine, which includes measures for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and an arms embargo on Israel. Over 30,000 Canadians have emailed their MP in support of today’s motion using CJPME’s email tool, with at least 20,000 more participating in similar campaigns. CJPME urges Parliament to respond to the calls from civil society and public opinion by voting for measures that would help to end the violence and uphold Palestinian human rights. Continue reading

 

‘Pause’ on military exports to Israel requires confirmation, must lead to embargo: CJPME

Montreal, March 15, 2024 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is cautiously optimistic about reports that Canada has paused military exports to Israel, including supposedly “non-lethal” goods, but is waiting for an official confirmation from Foreign Affairs Minister Joly. If the reports are true, CJPME believes that this could be a major step forward in ending Canada’s complicity in Israel’s war on Gaza. However, in the absence of an announcement, there is concern that these leaks could be part of a misinformation campaign to suppress grassroots momentum for an embargo. CJPME insists that more information is needed to evaluate whether Canadian policy is adequately responding to the human rights risk in Gaza, and reiterates its demand that Minister Joly impose a comprehensive embargo on military trade with Israel. Continue reading