CJPME: Trump’s Farcical Mideast Deal Ignores International Law

Montreal, January 28, 2020  – Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is highly critical of the Mideast Peace Plan announced by US President Donald Trump today – one that CJPME considers preposterous.  The plan was done without the participation of the Palestinians, and ignores both international law and international precedent on the conflict.  The Plan further entrenches pro-Israel decrees that Trump has made in recent years, including that Jerusalem will be Israel’s “undivided” capital and that Israel will be able to annex major illegal Israeli colonies in the occupied West Bank.  Given that the Plan virtually ignores Palestinian interests, CJPME considers it useless in terms of resolving decades of violent conflict.     Continue reading


CJPME: Canada must pursue independent foreign policy in Mideast

Montreal, January 8, 2020  – Following the Trump administration’s escalation of hostilities with Iran, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) again calls Canada to pursue a more independent foreign policy in the Middle East.  The US carried out a strike last week which killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and Iran retaliated early this morning with a ballistic missile strike on US bases in Iraq.  Canada has troops in Iraq, ostensibly as an ally in the fight against ISIS, but the US decision to leave Canada in the dark suggests that the US considers Canada irrelevant to its own foreign policy plans.  CJPME considers that the US’ failure to consult Canada is a clear sign that a new era of Canadian foreign policy in the Middle East needs to emerge.     Continue reading


CJPME: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh Must Not Disavow BDS

Montreal, January 2, 2020  — Like many Canadians, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) was disappointed to hear NDP leader Jagmeet Singh disavow the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel in a podcast late in December.  During the podcast (https://t.co/aqaUY51GiA), Singh said that he personally doesn’t support BDS, and considers it counterproductive to Middle East peace.  He also said, “The official position of the [NDP] is that we do not endorse BDS.  The issue has been raised in convention and has been defeated in convention.”  In fact, polls show, and CJPME observes that many Canadians – especially NDP voters – strongly support democratic, participatory, non-violent strategies like BDS to pressure Israel to respect the human rights of Palestinians. Continue reading


CJPME: Canada must support ICC investigation in Israel-Palestine

Montreal, December 23, 2019  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) calls for the Canadian government to endorse Friday’s announcement by the International Criminal Court (ICC) that it wishes to proceed with an investigation of war crimes in Palestine-Israel.  Whereas the US is not a member, and the Trump administration has announced that it considers itself and Israel to be deserving of immunity from prosecution by the ICC, Canada is a member, and must support the work of the ICC.  Moreover, should the ICC find Israeli or Palestinian leaders guilty of war crimes, Canada will need to be prepared to arrest these individuals should they travel to Canada.  Continue reading


CJPME: Canada Reverts to Anti-Palestinian Votes at UN

Montreal, December 6, 2019 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is deeply disappointed to see Canada revert back to anti-Palestinian voting pattern at the UN. Two weeks ago, Canada surprised the world when it broke its nearly fifteen-year anti-Palestinian voting pattern and supported a vote for Palestinian self-determination. Following the vote, Canadian media was abuzz with speculation that Canada would reverse other UN votes on Israel-Palestine. This week however, Canada once again voted against a series of resolutions affirming Palestinian human rights, signalling to the world that it will continue to vote in lockstep with Israel and the United States at the UN. Continue reading


CJPME: Canadian Report Ignores Risk of Sale of Arms to Saudis

Montreal, November 29, 2019 — A coalition of Canadian civil society organizations is deeply dismayed that Global Affairs Canada claims it has found “no credible evidence” linking Canadian exports of military equipment to human rights violations committed by Saudi Arabia. Continue reading


Canadians Demand Support for Palestinian Human Rights at UN

Montreal, November 27, 2019  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and other groups and individuals across Canada are demanding that the federal government strengthen its support of international law and human rights at the UN. Each year at the UN General Assembly (UNGA), about 15 resolutions relating to the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories are brought to vote. While Canada last week voted in support of Palestinian self-determination, it also voted against several other resolutions supporting Palestinian human rights and justice. Given the poor record of the Trudeau government, CJPME and others have launched campaigns to send the government a clear message that it cannot “cherry pick” violations of international law and human rights.   Continue reading


CJPME Thanks Canada for Lone Vote in Support of Palestinian Self-Determination

Montreal, November 20th, 2019 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) thanks the Liberal government for yesterday’s vote in support of Palestinian self-determination at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). CJPME notes that yesterday marks the first time in nearly fifteen years that Canada has cast a vote in favour of Palestinian self-determination, breaking its pattern of voting against Palestinian human rights at the UN. CJPME calls on the Canadian government to apply a more balanced, consistent approach to its votes at the UN on Palestine-Israel, in accordance with international law and official Canadian foreign policy. Continue reading


CJPME: US Government Doesn’t Dictate the Law on Israel-Palestine

Montreal, November 19th, 2019 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) decries the American government’s ridiculous attempt to legitimize Israel’s illegal colonies (aka “settlements.”) CJPME calls on all Canadian political parties to immediately reject the Trump administration’s “decree” on the matter, and to condemn Israel’s ongoing colonial ambitions in Palestinian territory.  Continue reading


CJPME: Violence Against Iraqi Protesters Must End

Montreal, November 19th, 2019 — Alongside fifteen Canadian civil society organizations, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) has signed a letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau concerning the increasingly unstable human rights situation in Iraq. The letter calls on the incoming Liberal government to intervene to end the violence and human rights violations which have characterized the Iraqi government’s response to the popular protests in Iraq since October.    Continue reading