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Mar 15, 2007 at 07:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE March 2007

CANADIAN ACTION PARTY FIRST CANADIAN POLITICAL PARTY TO OFFICIALLY SUPPORT AN INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR BOYCOTT, DIVESTMENT AND SANCTIONS AGAINST ISRAEL APARTHEID-LIKE PRACTICES

Canadian Action Party/Parti action canadienne members endorse a call to boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel's apartheid-like practices against the Palestinian people. The July, 2005 call to boycott has gained worldwide momentum from trade unions, political parties, cultural, academic and church groups, Jewish peace and human rights groups, businesses, and individuals. A motion in respect of this support was tabled at the party's convention in September, 2006 in order to become more familiar with the issue. With an extremely high percentage of positive feedback received, it has now been officially approved.

Canadian Action Party/Parti action canadienne supports international and humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. CAP/PAC believes that Israel must demolish the separation or "Apartheid" wall which is encroaching Palestinian land and making daily life impossible for Palestinians. Israel must compensate those injured by the wall to date, must cease its brutal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza and must comply with the precepts of international law, including the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194. Further, Palestinian Arabs living within Israel's borders are treated worse than second-class citizens. CAP/PAC believes the peace that Israel so desires will never be possible until there is justice for Palestine and Palestinian refugees.

CAP/PAC also recognizes the parallels between Israel and Canada in that a pre-existing population has been pushed aside. We also support an honest look at Canada's own human rights record regarding our First Nations. CAP/PAC acknowledges Canadian participation in the occupation through the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement and the Ontario-Israel Memorandum of Understanding and commits to abrogate these agreements until Israel ceases its apartheid-like practices against Palestinians.

The Canadian government has added to Palestinian suffering by being one of the first countries to cut off critical aid to Palestine to punish it for democratically electing a Hamas government one year ago. An article in The Jerusalem Post, February 4, 2007, reported that the Canadian government announced that it would establish an "Israel Allies Caucus" to "mobilize support for the State of Israel and promote Judeo-Christian values amid a groundswell of Christian support for Israel around the world." An almost identical caucus was established in the U.S. approximately 6 months ago. However, there was no trace of this announcement in the mainstream media in Canada. In response The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians commented: "This move is just another sign of the Harper government's complete contempt for the Canadian public." It is not in the interest of most Canadians, and certainly not in the interest of most Jews."

Contact Wendy Forrest , chair of policy forrwen@gmail.comVersion

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Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians slams Canadian Jewish Congress exclusion

PRESS  RELEASE          For immediate Release            2007-07-03
 
The Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians responded today, to the decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to deny membership to the progressive Jewish group. The CJC issued a letter which gave no reason for its decision.

“The decision by the Canadian Jewish Congress to exclude the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians illustrates the sectarian orientation of the forces controlling that organization,” declared ACJC Administrative Secretary Abraham Weizfeld. “The rejection of our application to become a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress and the refusal seat our delegates at the CJC Plenary on June 17th amounts to a refusal to acknowledge growing Jewish opposition to the Israeli occupation and siege of the Palestinian territories.”

“CJC’s refusal to include all tendencies in the Jewish community should be seen as a futile attempt to marginalize growing Jewish opposition to Israel’s behaviour and to the exclusive character of the Israel State,” Weizfeld continued.

 He contended that this refusal also motivated the decision by the June 17 plenary of the Canadian Jewish Congress to annul the process of conducting elections to the Board of Directors. As a result of this decision, the Board will now have 25% of its seats reserved for the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy which controls the CJC funding agency, the United Jewish Appeal. Weizfeld explained that these organizations provide unquestioning support to Israel, regardless of what it does.

The resulting vote on a resolution to amend the CJC constitution with regard to election of officers may not have passed if the Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians’ delegates had been included.

“We do not share in the uncritical support for Israel,” Weizfeld stated. “It is our position that the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, which began in 1967, must end immediately. This is the view that the ACJC wanted to bring to the Canadian Jewish Congress and that the CJC leadership was determined to ignore.” The refusal to hear our independent voice is proof that the CJC is not a body representative of diverse currents in Canada's Jewish population.

“It is essential that Israel and the Palestinians – including the duly elected Prime Minister Haniyeh – begin negotiations to conclude a lasting peace without prior conditions from either side. Only this approach can put an end to this ongoing tragedy for both the Palestinian and Israeli communities,” he concluded.

Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians
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Montréal QC H2W 1G8 Canada
(514) 284-6642

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