Labour and civil society organizations press Trudeau for Gaza ceasefire

Montreal, October 23, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) has joined dozens of labour, faith and civil society organizations in a joint statement pushing Canada to call for an immediate ceasefire and an end to the blockade of Gaza, including the restoration of aid, electricity, fuel, food, and water. These demands from labour and civil society follow on the heels of urgent calls from Canada-based Palestinian and Jewish groups supporting Palestinian human rights and calling for a just and lasting peace in Palestine. Continue reading

 

Joint Statement: Ceasefire now, end the siege, for a just and lasting peace

Montreal, October 21, 2023 [Signatories updated November 7] - Below is a joint statement from a broad and representative cross-section of Canadian civil society to demand an immediate ceasefire and urgent humanitarian aid to Gaza. Signatories include labour, faith, community (Arab, Palestinian, Jewish), civil society, and peace and justice organizations. Continue reading

 

Israeli invasion of Gaza would gravely endanger civilians, hostages: CJPME

Montreal, October 20, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is urging Canada to speak out against an imminent Israeli ground invasion of Gaza, warning that this threatens the lives of Palestinian civilians and hostages alike. As Israel’s plans for an invasion increasingly seem inevitable, United Nations human rights experts have expressed alarm about the possibility of “genocide” in Gaza, while Israeli officials have announced that the lives of civilians and hostages would only be “secondary” considerations. CJPME urges Canada to publicly oppose Israel’s plans for further escalation and demand an immediate ceasefire. Continue reading

 

Gaza Hospital Massacre Underscores Need for Ceasefire, Accountability: CJPME

Montreal, October 18, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns yesterday’s horrific attack on a Gaza hospital in the strongest possible terms, and reiterates its call on Canada to demand an immediate ceasefire and an end to Israel’s bombardment, occupation, and siege. Al Jazeera reports that an Israeli airstrike last night hit the Anglican-run Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City, which was sheltering hundreds of people seeking refuge, killing an estimated 500 people. CJPME further urges Canada to demand an international, independent investigation capable of holding the perpetrators accountable. Continue reading

 

‘Palestinians as cockroaches’ cartoon should prompt boycott of antisemitism conference: CJPME

Montreal, October 16, 2023 — Following the discovery last week of a ‘Palestinians as cockroaches’  Twitter post published by pro-Israel figure Arsen Ostrovsky, a featured speaker at this week’s ‘Antisemitism: Face It, Fight It’ conference in Ottawa, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is demanding that Canadian members of Parliament boycott the conference. According to the conference schedule, Pierre Poilièvre (Conservative leader), Jagmeet Singh (NDP leader), Yves-François Blanchet (BQ leader), and Arif Virani (Liberal Justice Minister) are all listed as speakers at the conference, organized by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA). CJPME also demands that CIJA immediately disinvite Ostrovsky from the conference and publicly condemn him for his post. Continue reading

 

Guidelines for improved coverage on Gaza-Israel war

Montreal, October 15, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) expresses deep concern over the inconsistent media coverage of the Gaza-Israel war since October 7, 2023. CJPME has been closely following the reporting in Canada media over the past week, and is aware of many instances in which news coverage has failed to be consistent in upholding professional journalistic standards.  CJPME provides the following critiques of the media response of the past week, and recommendations for future coverage: Continue reading

 

UPDATED: Canadian citizens in Gaza abandoned under Canada’s two-tier evacuation plan: CJPME

Montreal, October 13, 2023 [Updated October 14, 2023] — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is expressing extreme concern over the Canadian government’s failure to secure evacuation for citizens stuck in Gaza and the West Bank. While Canada has already completed four evacuation flights for its citizens in Israel, it has yet to secure plans for its own citizens in the occupied Palestinian territories, despite the catastrophic humanitarian situation. Israel told Canadian officials earlier today that they had decided against proposals to allow foreign nationals to flee Gaza via Egypt. This leaves at least 150 Canadian citizens trapped by Israel alongside more than 2 million Palestinians, without any relief or safety from Israeli siege and bombardment. Continue reading

 

Atrocities against civilians in Gaza must end: CJPME

Montreal, October 13, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urgently calls on the Canadian government to push for an end to mounting Israeli atrocities in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip. CJPME’s call comes after Israel’s demand for the mass displacement of half the population of Gaza in advance of an Israeli ground invasion. Many commentators warn of the unconscionable prospect of an imminent Israeli “genocide” against Palestinians. Continue reading

 

Canada must allow the ICC-ICJ to investigate war crimes in Palestine-Israel: CJPME

Montreal, October 11, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) calls on the Trudeau government to refer violations of international law in Palestine-Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly have made reference to international law in their statements and Tweets since Saturday, noting that the actions of all parties must be “in accordance with international law. With mounting evidence of egregious violations of the Fourth Geneva Conventions committed by both Hamas and the Israeli military in recent days, Canada must push for full accountability for any violations by all of the parties involved. As of this afternoon, more than 1,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, including at least 290 children, while 1,200 Israelis have been killed in the attack by Hamas. Continue reading

 

As Israel moves towards total war, Canada must seek de-escalation: CJPME

Montreal, October 10, 2023 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urgently calls the Canadian government to push for a de-escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas, starting with an immediate ceasefire. Hamas attacks on Israel on Saturday resulted in over 900 Israeli deaths, and up to 100 prisoners and hostages; Israeli airstrikes in Gaza since then have so far killed 770, many of them civilians, including at least 140 children. Like many, CJPME fears that there will continue to be extreme and unnecessary bloodshed for both sides as Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he is “just getting started,” and is reportedly preparing for an imminent ground invasion that could last weeks.  Continue reading