CJPME Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Palestinian Nakba

Montreal, May 15, 2018 — This week, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba. The Nakba, meaning “catastrophe” in Arabic, refers to the dispossession and loss suffered by the Palestinians as a result of the UN Partition Plan of 1947.  Over a period of several months, at least 700,000 Palestinians became refugees, and hundreds of thousands more were displaced from their homes and livelihoods by Jewish militias. The Nakba is still very much part of the living memory of Palestinians, who still haven’t been allowed to establish their own state, and who face ongoing persecution from the Israeli government. Continue reading

CJPME Condemns Israeli Shooting of Canadian Doctor, Slaughter of Gaza Protesters

Montreal, May 15, 2018 —Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns Israel’s shooting of London, ON based doctor Tarek Loubani, shot while attending the wounded in Gaza.  Despite being clearly identified as a first responder, Loubani sustained a moderate injury to his left leg, and a minor injury to his right leg.  A friend and colleague of Loubani’s, paramedic Musa Abuhassanin was killed, along with at least 54 other Palestinians in Gaza yesterday.    Continue reading

CJPME Applauds Canadian MPs' Call for Palestinian Human Rights

April 20, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the statements delivered Thursday by three different Canadian MPs vis-à-vis Palestinian human rights. Thursday morning, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice, and former Bloc Québécois leader Mario Beaulieu convened a press conference on Parliament Hill, highlighting the important takeaways from a Parliamentary fact-finding trip they participated in to Palestine. Continue reading

CJPME Decries Canadian Silence on Israeli Massacre in Gaza

Montreal, April 10, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) condemns the Canadian government’s silence on the Israeli massacres unfolding in Gaza. Since March 30th, Palestinians have held a series of peaceful demonstrations at Gaza’s border with Israel, calling for the right to return to their homeland. The Israeli military has reacted by unlawfully targeting Palestinian civilians.  Over a week into the demonstrations, 27 Palestinians have been killed, and over a thousand injured by Israeli sharpshooters. Continue reading

CJPME Applauds MPs’ Fact-finding Trip to Palestine

March 29, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the upcoming Parliamentary fact-finding trip to Palestine, and the participation of almost two dozen MPs. The participating MPs will be departing for Palestine on March 30, and most will remain for a week of scheduled activities. CJPME is optimistic that the trip will open be illuminating for the politicians involved, and that they will gain a greater appreciation of the struggles and suffering of the Palestinian people living under Israeli military occupation. Continue reading

CJPME Urges Quick Action on Islamophobia and Religious Discrimination

March 22, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges the government to move promptly on the recommendations from the M-103 report put forth last month by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage.  The government announced Tuesday that it will be launching pan-Canadian consultations on racism as a response to the Committee’s report.  Nevertheless, CJPME would prefer to see a more prompt and concrete response to the 30 recommendations of the Committee and is concerned that drawn out consultations will simply delay much-needed action by the government. Continue reading

CJPME Applauds Canada's Emergency Funding for Palestinian Refugees

March 15, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) applauds the Canadian government’s announcement today of an extra $10 million in funding to UNRWA, the UN aid agency serving Palestinian refugees.  Canada’s pledge was announced in the midst of an emergency summit this week in Rome, and was accompanied by pledges of support by other countries, including Qatar, Italy and others.  The UNRWA faces a funding crisis, exacerbated by the Trump government’s decision to withhold $65 million in pledged funding to the organization.  Continue reading

CJPME Opposes Scheer's Promise on Jerusalem

February 27, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) stands opposed to Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer’s promise to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital if elected in 2019. Over the weekend, the Conservative Party website encouraged Canadians to sign up if they agree with Scheer that “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.” CJPME laments the Scheer’s disregard for international law and indifference to Israel’s human rights violations. Continue reading

CJPME Supports NDP Resolutions on Palestine

February 15, 2018 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is pleased to see many human rights-focused resolutions on Palestine slated for the NDP Convention this weekend in Ottawa.  CJPME is an official endorser of one prominent resolution – described as the “Palestine Resolution” – which calls on the NDP to pursue peace in Israel-Palestine by: “Urging all parties to abandon violence and negotiate a resolution grounded in international law, particularly UNGA Resolution 194 and UNSC Resolution 242;” “Calling upon Israel to end its occupation and settlement program, life the Gaza blockade, recognize its Arab-Palestinian citizens’ right to full equality, and address refugee claims fairly;” “Banning settlement products from Canadian markets, and using other forms of diplomatic economic pressure to end the occupation;” “Opposing parliamentary efforts to undermine non-violent movements seeking a just resolution.” Continue reading

M-103 Report is Good Start, but Challenges Remain

Montreal, February 2, 2018  — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF) welcome the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s report responding to parliamentary motion M-103, “Systemic racism and religious discrimination.”  Both organizations are pleased to see how the report advances the discussion on religious discrimination in Canada in several keys ways.  However, both organizations are anxious to see how the recommendations will be implemented, and would like to see a clear action plan. Continue reading