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Oct 25, 2022 • 6 tweets • 6 min read
Yesterday in Parliament, NDP foreign affairs critic @HMcPhersonMP called out the refusal of some MPs to talk about human rights in Yemen and Palestine. “Children in Palestine are being murdered, and neither of the parties will talk about that.” #cdnpoli@HMcPhersonMP@HMcPhersonMP: “It is not okay that the Liberal Party or the Conservative Party refuses to talk about human rights in Yemen, as both of them are complicit in the selling of arms to the regime that is propping up that war.” cc: @LAATCanada
Oct 21, 2022 • 5 tweets • 7 min read
The @UN's Commission of Inquiry has found that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory is illegal, due to its permanency and Israel's actions of de facto annexation. We expect 🇨🇦 to uphold int'l law and support its findings. @BobRae48@CanadaUN@ArbeiterRichard#UNGA77@UN@BobRae48@CanadaUN@ArbeiterRichard Under international law, states are allowed to temporarily occupy territory under certain conditions. However, this comes with legal obligations, many of which Israel has been illegally violating for years (for example, on settlements and the annexation of East Jerusalem).
Oct 21, 2022 • 6 tweets • 3 min read
This week a group of masked settlers lynched a 70-year-old Jewish Israeli woman who was accompanying a Palestinian farmer for the olive harvest in the West Bank. They attacked her with clubs until she bled, after which they beat her in the head with rocks. 972mag.com/edition/lynchi…
This incident is part of a wave of escalating settler terrorism, with Israeli officials identifying 100 acts of settler violence against Palestinians in the last days. In some cases, soldiers openly joined the mobs in their campaigns of terror. haaretz.com/israel-news/20…
Oct 20, 2022 • 5 tweets • 23 min read
This critical @UN 🇺🇳 report finds that Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory is illegal, due to its intended permanency and Israel's actions of de facto annexation. We expect 🇨🇦 to uphold int'l law and support its findings. @BobRae48@CanadaUN@ArbeiterRichard#UNGA77
CJPME wrote to @HonAhmedHussen with concerns over reports that @CdnHeritage may force grantees to sign an attestation form in support of IHRA. Nobody should have to sign away their right to criticize racist Israeli practices in order to receive government funding #NoIHRA#cdnpoli@HonAhmedHussen@CdnHeritage There are reports that @CdnHeritage may introduce an attestation form for third-party grantees which may force them to express support for the controversial IHRA definition of antisemitism as a condition of receiving funding. IHRA conflates criticism of Israel with antisemitism.
Sep 20, 2022 • 11 tweets • 4 min read
In late August, approximately two dozen Canadian university presidents and administrators participated in a lobby-organized trip to Israel, ignoring grave human rights concerns. CJPME joins civil society & faculty groups in calling this out: cjpme.org/pr_2022_09_20_…#cdnpse
The timing of this delegation raises serious human rights concerns. Within the past few years, major human rights organizations including Amnesty, HRW, Al-Haq, and B’Tselem, have concluded that Israel’s practices against Palestinians amount to the crime of apartheid.
Sep 19, 2022 • 5 tweets • 6 min read
Letter: CJPME has written to @theJagmeetSingh expressing appreciation for his principled policy positions in support of Palestinian human rights. As Parliament resumes this week, we urge the @NDP to translate these commitments into meaningful action. #NDP@theJagmeetSingh@NDP The increased courage, initiative, and visibility of the @NDP on Palestinian human rights over the last two years has not gone unnoticed, and this principled commitment to oppose injustice is deeply appreciated. cjpme.org/letter_2022_09…
Sep 7, 2022 • 9 tweets • 3 min read
Revealed: Canada’s pro-Israel voting record at the UN contradicts its own values and interests and damages its international reputation, according to officials in Global Affairs Canada. These revelations are found in documents released by ATIP and obtained by CJPME.
The released documents cover the period leading up to Canada’s 2019 decision to resume its support for Palestinian self-determination at the UN, and reveal how Canadian officials critically view Canada’s voting record.
Sep 5, 2022 • 13 tweets • 35 min read
❗️🇮🇱's military probe admits it is "highly probable" that an Israeli soldier shot to death journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but won't take action against them. 🇨🇦 must demand an independent investigation to hold these murderers accountable! @melaniejoly@CanEmbIsrael@CanadaRepPA@melaniejoly@CanEmbIsrael@CanadaRepPA Unfortunately, Israel's probe spreads misinformation by suggesting that Shireen may have been shot by 'accident', despite multiple independent probes which found no evidence of Palestinian militants in the area and said that the journalists were deliberately targeted by Israel.
Jun 7, 2022 • 12 tweets • 22 min read
Press release: The UN Commission of Inquiry has found that Israeli practices of occupation & discrimination are the “root causes” of last year’s violence. CJPME urges 🇨🇦 to welcome the inquiry's findings and take steps to address the root causes of violence in Palestine. #cdnpoli
“The UN report warns that peace will remain an impossibility until we dismantle Israel’s structures of oppression, including its military occupation" - CJPME's @mbueckert
May 31, 2022 • 8 tweets • 19 min read
Press release: CJPME is alarmed to learn that Canada’s military exports to Israel increased by 33% in 2021, amid Israel’s 11-day bombing campaign against the occupied Gaza Strip. Canada must halt this trend by immediately suspending all military trade with Israel. #cdnpoli
According to Canada’s newly released annual report on military exports, Canada exported $26m in military goods to Israel in 2021.
This is way up from $19.5m in 2020, and approaches the historical high-water mark of $26.9m in 1987.
May 30, 2022 • 5 tweets • 5 min read
Impressive letter from @NDP to the 🇨🇦 government, urging concrete action in response to the killing murder of Abu Akleh, threats of forcible transfer in #MasaferYatta, and the crime of apartheid. Thank you @HMcPhersonMP for your principled advocacy. 👏#cdnpoli
@NDP@HMcPhersonMP In this letter, the @NDP is asking the government to:
1⃣ Refer the case of murdered journalist Shireen Abu Akleh to the International Criminal Court;
2⃣ Denounce Israel’s plan of expelling the residents of #MasaferYatta (forcible transfer) and send a rep to visit the area;
May 30, 2022 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
❓ Who killed journalist #ShireenAbuAkleh?
❓ Why would a joint PA-Israel investigation be absurd?
❓ Does Israel have a history of targeting journalists?
CJPME Factsheet on the Assassination of Shireen Abu Akleh: cjpme.org/fs_225
What happened to Shireen Abu Akleh?
See the full report: cjpme.org/green_2020#GPCleadership#gpc#cdnpoli
Annamie Paul is one of only 2 candidates who refused to endorse the MP pledge to oppose Israeli annexation, which was signed by all 3 Green MPs. She refused to respond to our questionnaire. She has no foreign policy on her website.
In a CBC Radio interview, Canada’s UN Amb. @BobRae48 dismissed a UN report that had named Canadian arms exports to Saudi as perpetuating the conflict in Yemen.
Embarrassingly, Rae referred to Canadian exports of Light Armoured Vehicles as “jeeps.” #StopArmingSaudi#cdnpoli
In the interview, Rae also falsely stated that Canada is “not supplying arms” to the conflict. In 2019, Canada sold Saudi Arabia almost $3b in weapons, including LAVs, large-calibre artillery systems, and heavy machine guns #StopArmingSauditheguardian.com/world/2020/jun…
Sep 16, 2020 • 6 tweets • 5 min read
Breaking: 84% of Canadians support ICC investigation of Israeli officials!
(Question during the @CanadianGreens foreign policy debate)
These responses are not surprising, but mostly consistent with our assessment of all the candidates on Middle East issues . Check out our full report (with @IndJewishVoices): cjpme.org/green_2020