CJPME Factsheet 137, published September, 2011: This factsheet provides a summary analysis of the Palmer Report, a commission appointed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki‐moon to hold an inquiry over Israel’s attack on the Gaza Aid Flotilla in 2010.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 100, published October, 2010: This factsheet looks at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) report on the 2010 Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla. This factsheet provides an overview of the members behind the UNHRC fact-finding mission, their methodology, their key findings, the possible follow-up to the mission’s report, as well as Canada’s response to it.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 81, published June, 2010: This factsheet looks into Israel’s attack on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla at the end of May, 2010. Since 2007 Israel enforced a blockade on the Gaza Strip that has since triggered humanitarian and economic hardship. Israel’s violent attack against the humanitarian boat convoy resulted in the death of nine activist (eight Turks and one American). The Israeli commandos’ bloody attack sparked an outcry across the world and provoked an unprecedented wave of protests against the Gaza blockade.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 88, published June, 2010: From June, 2007, until June 2010, Israel and Egypt imposed an extremely harsh blockade on Gaza after Hamas, an Islamist political party with an armed wing, took control of Gaza in June, 2007. Following Israel’s attack on a Gaza aid flotilla on May 31, 2010, and the international condemnation that resulted, Israel started to take steps to loosen the blockade. This factsheet looks at the justifications offered by Egypt and Israel for blockading Gaza, how they enforce it, what products are allowed and not allowed into the strip, and what are the most salient social and health impacts of the blockade.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 49, published January 2009: This factsheet looks at the causes and consequences of Israel’s 2008 war on Gaza. With nearly 1300 Gazans killed (including hundreds of women and children), 13 dead Israelis and none of the Israeli stated objectives for the war accomplished, we can ask ourselves if this war changed anything.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 35, published January, 2009: Since 2001, Palestinian militants have been launching small rockets – typically referred to as “Qassam Rockets” – from Gaza toward nearby Israeli population centers, notably Sderot and Ashkelon. Israel often tries to justify its violence in Gaza as an attempt to stop the rash of rocket attacks. Sadly, the reporting of such attacks, Palestinian and Israeli, does little to illuminate the context to such attacks.Read more
CJPME Factsheet 42, published June 2008: As a general rule in international law, the threat and use of force is prohibited. That said, the right to self-defence in international law is established in Article 51 of the same document. This factsheet discusses Israel’s use and abuse of the “self-defence” argument through numerous principles and examples.Read more
In the month since Israel launched military operations in Gaza on june 28, over 130 Palestinians have been killed, including over 30 children. This position paper urges Canada to condemn the recent acts of Israeli collective punishment (kidnapping Palestinian legislators, attacking electricity and water supplies, closing the bordures and attacking transportation infrastructure) and provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, victims of the violence in Gaza.