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

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

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 moreThe Zatoun project: planting trees, growing hope

It is not a crime to criticize Israel: Press release

Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice P.O. Box 40011, Ottawa, ON, K1V 0W8 President, Margaret Rao president@cusj.org www.cusj.org Communiqué FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: 16 April 2015 CIVIL SOCIETY REJECTS CRIMINALIZATION OF CRITICISM  OF STATE OF ISRAEL CUSJ joins other civil society organizations in defending freedom of speech Canadian Unitarians for Social Justice (CUSJ) has issued a … Read moreIt is not a crime to criticize Israel: Press release

Report on First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa Study Sessions

By: Anita McLean There were eight sessions on Israel/Palestine from October 2014 to February 2015. Due to very positive feedback, Ria Heynen and I decided to offer one more event on April 28, 2015. This was a film night to view the newly produced movie “Enduring Roots” which presents a very critical view of the … Read moreReport on First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa Study Sessions

A call for peace between Israel and Palestine

(The Discussion Paper will open in its own window. Comments can be submitted here) CUSJ joins with many other faith communities to support an active search for peaceful solutions to the on-going crisis in Israel and Palestine.  It is time that both Israel and the International Community came to the table to honour the commitments … Read moreA call for peace between Israel and Palestine