Plus tôt ce mois-ci, plusieurs Canadiens ont été scandalisés à la lecture d’un article de la CBC qui évoquait l’intention du gouvernement Harper de poursuivre les activistes qui boycottent Israël en recourant aux lois portant sur les « crimes haineux ». Le boycottage d’Israël n’a rien à voir avec la « haine ». Pareille disposition irait à l’encontre de la liberté d’expression et de la liberté individuelle des Canadiens. Utilisez le formulaire qui suit pour écrire à votre député(e) pour lui faire part de votre désapprobation à ce sujet.
Many in Canada were horrified by the CBC article earlier this month which suggested that Canada’s Harper government may legally prosecute Boycott-Israel activists using “hate crime” laws. The boycott of Israel has nothing to do with “hate,” and such action would violate Canadians’ fundamental rights of freedom of expression and individual liberty. Using the form below, please write to your MP, and let him/her know of your opposition to such action by the government.
Montreal, May 22, 2015 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) urges the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) to support FIFA sanctions against Israel. On May 29, 2015, the 209 member-states of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) will vote on a resolution on whether to have Israel suspended from FIFA. Israel stands accused of gross violations of FIFA’s code of conduct against Palestinian soccer players for harassing, beating, torturing, shooting, and imprisoning them. For the resolution to pass, a 75 percent vote majority is required, although a simple majority would still result in Israel being censured.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 195, published May, 2015: In July 2005, 170 Palestinian civil society organizations issued a unified call to the international community to initiate boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) activities against Israel. This factsheet highlights the movement motivations and its repercussions on the Palestinian and Israeli.Read more
Montreal, May 12, 2015 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) repudiates the Harper government’s threat to use “hate crime” laws against BDS activists, as suggested in a CBC article yesterday. BDS stands for “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” and is a movement to put economic pressure on Israel to – among other aims – stop its unlawful colonization of Palestinian territories. Like CJPME, many Canadians would view legal action by the Harper government as an attempt to silence legitimate criticism of Israel’s violation of Palestinian human rights and international law.Read more
New CJPME Boycott Campaign
CJPME has recently launched a sticky note boycott initiative! CJPME is offering free packets of BDS sticky notes to Canadians wanting to discourage the purchase of products produced in Israel and its illegal "settlements." Sign up to get your FREE sticky notes now!
Wondering where to put your BDS sticky notes, please take a look at CJPME's recommended Canadian list of stores and products to target.
CJPME BDS Video Series
Beginning in September, 2016, CJPME is releasing a series of 5-10 videos highlighting different aspects of the BDS campaign. Click here to see our list of videos to date. Videos examine basic questions like "What is BDS?" and "What products to boycott," but they will also delve into more specific questions, like the cultural boycott of Israel, and how best to use BDS sticky notes. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified of the new videos as they are released. Enjoy, and share them to your friends.
BDS Summary Flyer
Click here to access CJPME's recently issued one-page flyer on the BDS movement. On the first side, we show how BDS aligns perfectly with international law and Canadian policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On the second side, we provide the maps of Palestinians dispossession, as well as answers to frequent questions and criticisms of BDS.
Boycott Centre Resources
Welcome to CJPME’s Boycott Centre. This Centre provides a consolidated list of resources and tools for individuals who wish to contribute to the growing economic pressure on Israel to respect international law and the human rights of the Palestinian people.
While the resources and tools are oriented to CJPME’s Canadian constituency, CJPME believes that most of the resources and tools provided in these Webpages can be leveraged easily by anyone interested in promoting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel.
See an up-to-date list of all Canadian organizations applying economic pressure on Israel, whether by adoption of BDS, or via other means.
Understand the legal and moral justification for the boycott of Israel, then start boycotting:
Montreal, June 17, 2014 — Three of Canada’s top writers are among the 16 internationally renowned artists who, after a recent visit to the West Bank, have issued a strongly worded statement. The declaration expresses the “utmost sadness and dismay” over Israel’s recent announcement of yet another 1500 illegal settlement units in the West Bank. The artists note that this move is particularly unfortunate at a moment when the Palestinians have formed a unity government.Read more
Montreal, June 12, 2014 — According to a June 5 Financial Times report, G4S—a British-Danish company that is the largest security firm in the world — has confirmed that it will be withdrawing from involvement in the Palestinian Territories within three years, as announced in 2013. The announcement came at a shareholders’ meeting disrupted by human rights protesters. The firm also indicated that it will eventually withdraw from all prison service contracts throughout Israel. However, it appears that that is not soon enough for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. According to a Bloomberg News June 7 report, the Foundation has now divested entirely its holdings in G4S. The company and Foundation decisions were taken after intense criticism of G4S for its role enabling Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and repression of Palestinians.Read more
Montreal, March 17, 2014 — Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) welcomes the University of Windsor students’ recent decision to support divestment from companies implicated in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories. CJPME notes that this is the first time that such a decision has been taken by a campus-wide referendum, rather than by the student association’s council. CJPME laments U of W President Alan Wildeman’s current attempt to discredit the referendum, and believes his actions are in response to coercive pressure from donors who are hostile to Palestinians and Muslims. “It is lamentable that in this day and age, a university president is making vague threats against a student organization because the results of a student referendum are not to his own liking, or to that of certain donors,” says CJPME President Thomas Woodley.Read more
As endorsed by more than 20 Hamilton and McMaster organizations, a motion on whether to support the BDS campaign will be put to vote on March 26 at McMaster University. Opponents of BDS have already put pressure on McMaster president Patrick Deane to have him intervene in case the motion is accepted.