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    Tariq Ramadan - November 2015

    CJPME cordially invites Canadians to a talk by Tariq Ramadan, philosopher, writer and academic, as he speaks to turmoil facing the world today.  Dr. Ramadan will deliver a political talk entitled, “Refugees, Wars and Revolutions: Addressing the Fears and Fanaticism of our Age,” in three Canadian cities: Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.
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    Robert Fisk - September 2015

    At a time of unprecedented turmoil in the Middle East, CJPME is pleased to announce an ambitious seven-city Canadian lecture tour by veteran foreign correspondent and author Robert Fisk. Fisk’s lectures will be entitled “‘Goodbye, Mr Sykes! Adieu, M. Picot!’ How the ISIS ‘caliphate’ frightens the Middle East – and us.” Join us, as Fisk talks about how the Syrian civil war – especially the rise of the so-called “Islamic State” – has destabilized the existing order in the Middle East.  
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  • List of Canadian Organizations applying economic pressure on Israel

    Organizations that have endorsed BDS (updated June 13, 2015)

    See CJPME's Boycott Centre for ways to be involved yourself.

    Labour Unions

    • Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) / Confederation of National Trade Unions (April 2015), 325,000 members, including
      • CSN-Construction
      • Fédération du commerce (FC)
      • Fédération des employées et employés de services publics (FEESP)
      • Fédération de l’industrie manufacturière (FIM)
      • Fédération nationale des communications (FNC)
      • Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ)
      • Fédération des professionèles (FP)
      • Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS)
      • Syndicat des agents correctionnels du Canada (UCCO–SACC–CSN)
    • Boycott01.jpgCentrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) / Quebec House of Labour (June 2009), 200,000 members, including
      • Fédération des professionnelles et professionnels de l’éducation du Québec (CSQ)
      • Fédération des syndicats de l’enseignement (FSE)
      • Fédération du personnel de soutien scolaire (CSQ)
      • Fédération du personnel de l’enseignement privé (CSQ)
      • Fédération des enseignantes et enseignants de cégep (FEC-CSQ)
      • Fédération du personnel professionnel des collèges (CSQ)
      • Fédération du personnel de soutien de l’enseignement supérieur (FPSES)
      • Fédération des syndicats de la santé et des services sociaux (CSQ)
      • Fédération de la santé du Québec (FSQ)
      • Fédération des intervenantes en petite enfance du Québec (FIPEQ)
      • Association des retraitées et retraités de l’éducation et des autres services publics du Québec (CSQ)
    • Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS-O) (August 2014), 300,000+ members
    • Ontario branch of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE-ON) (May 2006), 240,000 members
    • Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) / Syndicat des travailleurs et travailleuses des Postes (STTP) (April 2008), 51,000 members
    • Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN) / Quebec Teachers Union (June 2007), 34,000 members
    • Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) / Association for Student Union Solidarity (October 2007), 80,000 members
    • Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain de la confédération des syndicats nationaux (CCMM-CSN) (May 2010)
    • College and University Workers United (CUWU) (2009)


    Student Unions & Associations

    • University of Regina Students’ Union (URSU) (February 2012), 14,000 students
    • Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) (March 2012), 3,600+ graduate students
    • York University Graduate Students’ Association (YUGSA) (November 2012), 6,000+ graduate students
    • University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (GSU) (December 2012), 15,000+ graduate students
    • Concordia University Graduate Students Association (GSA) (January 2013), 7,000+ graduate students
    • University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) (February 2013), 12,500+ undergraduate students
    • Trent University Central Students Association (TCSA) (February 2013), 6,000 undergraduate and consecutive education students
    • York Federation of Students (YFS) (March 2013), 53,000+ undergraduate students
    • University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU) (April 2013), 11,000 undergraduate students
    • University of Windsor Students’ Alliance’s (UWSA) (February 2014), 14,000 undergraduate students
    • Ryerson University Students’ Union (RSU) (April 2014), 28,000+ undergraduate and graduate students
    • Concordia University Student Union (CSU) (December 2014), 35,000+ undergraduate students
    • McMaster University Students Union (MSU) (March 2015), 20,000 undergraduate students


    DontCriminalize.pngNGOs, Churches, Charitable Organizations, and Student-run Groups

    • Ligue des Droits et Libertés / Quebec Civil Liberties Union (2010)
    • Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ) / Quebec Federation of Women (May 2010)
    • Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)
    • Canadian Friends of Sabeel
    • Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) / Voix juives indépendantes (VJI) Canada
    • International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, Canada
    • Artistes pour la Paix (APLP) / Artists for Peace
    • Alternatives (Canada) / Alternatives International
    • Faculty for Palestine (F4P)
    • Tadamon!
    • Centre justice et foi / Revue Relations
    • Public Interest Research Group (PIRGs)
      • Alberta Public Interest Research Group
      • Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group
      • OPIRG – Carleton
      • OPIRG – Guelph
      • OPIRG – Peterborough
      • OPIRG – Toronto
      • OPIRG – Ottawa
      • OPIRG – Waterloo
      • OPIRG – Windsor
      • Groupe de recherche d’intérêt public de l’UQAM (GRIP UQAM)
      • Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia (QPIRG Concordia)
      • Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill (QPIRG McGill)
    • Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights (SPHR)
      • Concordia University
      • McGill University
      • University of Ottawa
      • University of Western Ontario
      • Queen’s University
      • McMaster University
      • University of British Columbia
      • University of Calgary
    • Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), Ryerson University
    • Students for Palestinian Rights (SFPR), Waterloo University
    • Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA)
      • Carleton University
      • University of Toronto
      • University of Toronto at Mississauga
      • York University
    • Palestinian Solidarity Group (PSG), University of Windsor
    • General Union of Palestine Students (GUPS), OttawaUniversity
    • Coalition pour la Justice en Palestine-UQAM
    • Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign (BIAC) – Vancouver
    • Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (WCAIA)
    • Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) – Toronto
    • Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) – Victoria
    • Victoria Friends of Cuba (VFoC)
    • Justice for Palestinians – Calgary
    • Coalition BDS - Québec
    • Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet)
    • United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel (UNJPPI)
    • Palestinian and Jewish Unity / Palestiniens et Juifs Unis (PAJU)
    • Canada Palestine Association
    • Canadians, Arabs and Jews for a Just Peace (CAJJP)
    • Canada-Palestine Support Network (CanPalNet)
    • Winnipeg Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (WCAIA)
    • Global Compliance Research Project (GCRP)
    • Nelson End the Occupation Now (NEON)
    • National Campus and Community Radio Association of Canada (NCRA)
    • Mid-Islanders for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (MIJPME)
    • Socialist Action / Ligue pour l'Action Socialiste (SA/LAS)
    • Youth for Socialist Action / Jeunesse pour l'Action Socialiste (YSA/JAS)
    • Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QuAIA)
    • Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)


    Political Parties

    • Québec solidaire (November 2009)
    • Communist Party of Canada (July 2014)


    Other Organizations

    The following organizations have not endorsed the precise terms of BDS per se, but nonetheless advocate some form of economic action to pressure Israel to respect international law and the human rights of Palestinians.

    • United Church of Canada

    In August 2012, the United Church’s General Council 41 adopted a policy urging the boycott of goods produced in Israeli settlements, among other strategies.

    • Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

    In 2009, the CFSC 1) encouraged the promotion of BDS among members, 2) asked the Federal government to proper label products from the “settlements,” and 3) encouraged members, individually and corporately, to boycott products from Israel’s “settlements.”

    • The Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation (BCFF)

    BBCF joined a Canadian Boycott network that focuses on boycotts of goods made by Israeli companies illegally in occupied Palestine, including SodaStream.

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    Tariq Ramadan, expert on Islam & West, touring Canada

    Montreal, Oct. 29, 2015 – Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is pleased to announce that it will be hosting Professor Tariq Ramadan of Oxford University for a three city Canadian speaking tour visiting Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, on Nov. 21st, 22nd, and 23rd respectively.  A philosopher and writer, in addition to being an academic, Prof. Ramadan will deliver a political talk entitled, Wars, Refugees and Revolutions: Addressing the Fears and Fanaticism of our Age.  CJPME considers this a great opportunity for Canadians to hear Prof. Ramadan speak to the preoccupations of both the West and the Muslim world in the face of recent developments in the Middle East, Europe and Canada.  
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    New Canadian Government Must Provide Leadership in the Middle East

    Montreal, October 20, 2015— With the imminent change in government given yesterday’s election results, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) reminds leaders that Canadians are looking for leadership in the Middle East.  Most pundits agree that the ousting of the Harper government in yesterday’s election is a clear sign that Harper’s one-sided approach to a number of issues – including its divisive approach to the Middle East – is no longer sanctioned.  
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    Email your MP to help Syrian refugees

    Many in Canada have been angered by the Canadian government's reluctance to help Syrian refugees, whether via humanitarian aid, or via the acceptance of refugees in Canada.  Canadians should demand that their politicians do more to concretely help Syrian refugees, and to put pressure on ministers to act promptly and compassionately.  Using the form below, please write to your MP, and let him/her know of your demand that more be done for Syrian refugees.  Stephen Harper and other party leaders will also be copied on the email. Note: Given the fact that Canada is in an elections cycle, the tool that CJPME is using may only find your provincial senators.  Please go ahead and send your email; CJPME is working on a solution to this issue. We apologize in advance for any issues or inconvenience.
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    Petition calling on Chris Alexander to resign as Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

    The tragic picture of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, drowned off Turkey as he and his family fled Syria as refugees, should be the final straw!  Please call for the resignation of Chris Alexander as Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration!  
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    The Paradox of Egypt’s Militarism and Legitimacy

    CJPME Political Blog, June 26, 2015: Not since the early 1970s has Egypt been so militarily active in the Middle East. The calamitous legacy of Egypt’s previous military engagements in Yemen and Israel had long deterred an active military response to regional insecurity. Yet, under the emboldened leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, Egypt has expanded police and military operations in the Sinai Peninsula, and it has been playing a pivotal role in countering Islamic State activities in eastern Libya and in the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen. Indeed, this bellicose strategy signals a clear break from abstention in regional conflicts. 
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    Reality check: Economic pressure on Israel

    CJPME Political Blog, June 10, 2015: It’s time to take a reality check on the competing claims about the “boycott Israel” (BDS) movement in Canada.  For starters, let’s be clear on two things.  First, the Harper government doesn’t seem bent on jailing Canadian BDS activists anytime soon, and second, the BDS movement will never bring about the “destruction” of Israel.
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