Canada supports a nuclear holocaust… yes, you read that right

On July 7th, the United Nations member nations held a vote on a global treaty that, if successful, would lead to the destruction of all nuclear weapons and forever prohibit their use. Negotiators representing two-thirds of the 192-member United Nations finalized Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons this week after months of talks. Canada did … Read more

March 15th a sad anniversary for Palestinians

May 15, 2017 marked the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Nakba, the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. Between 1947 and 1949, Zionist paramilitaries, and subsequently Israeli forces, made 750,000 to one million indigenous Palestinians into refugees to establish a Jewish-majority state in Palestine. The Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee (BNC) calls … Read more

Israeli smear campaign shows that BDS is working

The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), of which CUSJ is a member, has reported this week that peace activist and BDS movement co-founder Omar Barghouti was arrested, interrogated and harassed by Israeli authoriites. This seems to be part of the Israeli government’s campaign to criminalize the BDS movement, intimidate activists and stop free speech. CUSJ has issued a statement, copied below. … Read more

Canadian Gov’t: Don’t be passive and complicit in the face of Israel’s violations of international law

March 20, 2017 The Honourable Chrystia Freeland Minister of Foreign Affairs,House of Commons,Ottawa K1A 0A6 Sent by EmailDear Minister Freeland: We come together to express our grave concern regarding actions taken by the government of Israel since the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, and to call the Canadian government to take a strong stance … Read more

Art is a powerful agent for change: Batsheva Dance Co must speak up

In January 2017, CUSJ added its name to a letter sent to the Batsheva Dance Company during its recent North American tour.  This letter states, “We ask that you disavow your role as Ambassador of the State. Your position as an Israeli cultural icon gives you a platform to speak up for what’s right.” This … Read more

Trudeau government favours bulldozers over BDS

One year ago, February 2016,  CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote to Prime Minister Trudeau, urging him to overturn the anti-BDS motion that was introduced by the Conservative government. He did not grant our wish… But at least the UN acted, passing Resolution 2334 condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian terroritory as a flagrant violation of international … Read more

Anti-BDS motion pushback continues: Letter thanking MP Andrea Horvath

The moral arc bends towards justice, but not, alas, in a timely manner, BDS supporters would agree, as the struggle to achieve justice and peace in Israel and Palestine, through peaceful means, continues. Several political and Social Justice groups, including CUSJ, co-signed a letter, reproduced below, to Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horvath (and members of the Caucus) in … Read more

CUSJ joins the Canadian BDS Coalition in support of Palestine

In January 2017, CUSJ joined the Canadian BDS Coalition (BNC), which endorses the Palestinian Civil Society Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). The Coalition’s Basis of Unity (BOU) statement affirms that non-violent punitive measures (that is, boycott, divestment and sanctions) should be maintained until Israel meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and … Read more

A Christmas/Hanukkah Gift: UN General Assembly approves historic resolution to eliminate nuclear weapons

Editor’s note: I received this press release through the ICAN mailing list today (Dec. 25th), and I thought I would share it… I cannot think of a better gift for humanity to give itself, than the gift of peace and life. Canada and the US voted ‘no’, shamefully, so there is still much work to do. … Read more

CUSJ and other orgs support the GPC pro-peace resolution

CUSJ joined a host of signatories in saluting the Green Party of Canada for its motion in support of freedom, justice and equality in Israel/Palestine. This formal nod of appreciation to the GPC was announced in a press release on Nov. 28th, sponsored by the Palestine House and Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at York University (Toronto). … Read more

BDS is lawful and paves the way for peace, say 68 signatories to CJPME letter

Perhaps you remember the anti-BDS motion that passed in Parliament on February 22nd 2016? Or a similar bill, Bill 202 that was passed and then defeated in the Ontario legislature in May? Such bills are doubtless drafted in order to keep strong ties (the bonds of trade) between Canada and Israel, and, indeed, in the case of … Read more

27 October 2016: The day that a historical, sea change became possible

First published in French, by Jean-Marie Matagne, 29 October 2016 The article here is a copy of the one reprinted in English on Oct. 29 in the Action of Citizens for Nuclear Disarmament (ACDN) website: http://acdn.net/spip/spip.php?article1032&lang=en What a fantastic day. It will count as a red letter day in contemporary history – indeed in world history. Ever … Read more

Nuclear weapons strike would be humanity’s armaggedon

On October 5th, 2016, CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, noting that the US and Russian superpowers are showing renewed interest in a nuclear arms race, and reminding Trudeau to work towards a Nuclear Weapons Convention to ban nuclear weapons–one of the promises of the Liberals heading into the 2015 federal election. Here is the text of the … Read more

Minister McCallum: Let US Iraq war resisters stay in Canada

On Monday, October 17th, 2016, CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote to the Honourable John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, urging him to let U.S. Iraq war resisters stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Here is the text of that letter: Dear Mr. McCallum, I am writing to you on behalf of Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice … Read more

Threat to Canadian Democracy and Free Speech

Voices/Voix, an organization dedicated to documenting threats to the Canadian democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech, has just published a new case study on the issue of the right of Canadians to participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.  Many Canadians from churches, students, labour unions, and other walks of life are choosing … Read more

CUSJ President Urges Justin Trudeau to be a True Friend to Israel

On Monday, February 29th, 2016, CUSJ President Margaret Rao wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging him to overturn his government’s recent motion condemning those who support a boycott of goods produced in settlements, as a legitimate, peaceful and democratic means of putting pressure on Israel to cease its expansion of settlements. Israel is breaking the terms … Read more

CUSJ Board votes to work to end the Israeli Occupation of Palestinian Territories

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Israel’s continued expansion of settlements and destruction of Palestinian homes and farms must stop! Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice, advocating Unitarian Principles, adopts a formal stance in favour of: 1) a boycott of products from companies, regardless of origin, that participate in Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories; 2) a cultural boycott in which performing … Read more

The Zatoun project: planting trees, growing hope

Zatoun is a Canadian registered non-profit organization, run mostly by volunteers, to promote peace and understanding of Palestinian society, history, culture and art, to establish commercial links, and to support the economic viability of a Palestinian state. The best-known Zatoun product is its fair trade extra virgin olive oil, but Zatoun also produces olive oil soap, za’atar (a mix of … Read more

Refugees all but shut out of Canada: CUSJ Press release

Communiqué FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 17 September, 2015 By: Margaret Rao, CUSJ President Changes to refugee process needed if Canada is to make real impact on refugee crisis TORONTO – Key changes are urgently needed if Canada is to open its doors wide enough to make a difference in the current Syrian refugee crisis. “Amendments to … Read more

CUSJ Endorses anti-nuclear statement

CUSJ Endorses Declaration of the World Uranium Symposium 2015 It calls for an end to Uranium mining, and opposes the use of Uranium for Nuclear Power or Nuclear War. It identifies the harm caused by Uranium to people, plants, and animals and in particular to First Nations people, and calls for full support for the … Read more

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