The following organizations are friends of the Canadian BDS Coalition, and share a common commitment with coalition members to pursing a just peace in the region.
Socialist Project is a Toronto-based organization that supports the rebuilding of the socialist Left in Canada and around the world. Committed to the development of a more free, democratic, humane and sustainable society than the one we live in, the Socialist Projecct opposes capitalism out of necessity and supports the struggles of others out of solidarity. We support struggles aligned with working class emancipation, anti-oppression, democratic self-determination, planetary sustainability, and peace. We do not propose a fast route out of capitalism, claim a ready alternative to take its place or extol any one Left tendency.
Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS) is a Canadian Christian organization actively engaged in partnerships of solidarity that promote the perspectives and peace vision of the Palestinian Christian community. Rooted in the Gospel of non-violence, justice, peace and reconciliation, we work with communities of all faiths, non-governmental organizations and other like-minded networks and organizations to accomplish our goals. We focus on working towards a just and enduring peace for Palestinians and Israelis that will benefit the whole Middle East region. We carry out our mission primarily through education and solidarity projects in Canada.
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is a pan-Canadian organization whose mission is to empower Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development and peace in the Middle East, and here at home in Canada. The three core pillars which define our positions are:
- Respect for international law;
- Equal expectations of all; and
- Violence is not a solution.
UNJPPI (United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine/Israel) is a grassroots network of United Church members, adherents and friends. We grew out of the requests from the leaders of the Palestinian churches who called on Christians worldwide to stand in solidarity with our Palestinian sisters and brothers who are suffering. The Kairos Palestine Document eloquently and faithfully describes the long-standing and worsening conditions faced by Palestinians living under the illegal Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. UNJPPI helps raise awareness within and beyond the United Church of Canada of these conditions. We encourage our members to work to end to the illegal Israeli occupation and to help create peace with justice through education, prayer, networking and advocacy for Palestinians and Israelis alike.
Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.Vision and Principles
Tadamon! strives for a world in which every human being is free to live and flourish in dignity and justice. We oppose all systems of oppression whether based on gender, sexual orientation or class and we reject racism in its various forms, including Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
CPT builds partnerships to transform violence and oppression in situations of lethal conflict around the world. We are committed to work and relationships that:
- honor and reflect the presence of faith and spirituality,
- strengthen grassroots initiatives,
- transform structures of domination and oppression, and
- embody creative nonviolence and liberating love.
CPT Palestine is a faith-based organization that supports Palestinian-led, nonviolent, grassroots resistance to the Israeli occupation and the unjust structures that uphold it. By collaborating with local Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers and educating people in our home communities, we help create a space for justice and peace. We maintain a project in the southern West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic).
OPIRG is the Ontario Public Interest Research Group! A loose network of PIRGs currently exists across much of Canada and the U.S. The PIRGs were launched by “public interest” activist Ralph Nader in the early seventies as a means to harness the energy and talents of students to help solve pressing social and environmental problems.
The NDP Socialist Caucus was founded in 1998 at Toronto, Ontario by NDP activists who were concerned about the right-wing drift of the party leadership. It advocates socialist policies based on economic democracy and workers’ empowerment, such as social ownership of the commanding heights of the economy, the eradication of homelessness and poverty, women’s rights and gender equality, environmental sustainability, and global peace and cooperation.
The SC believes that in order to attain power, the NDP must connect with working class people, wage earners and equity-seeking groups like never before. This means championing socialist policies that can capture the dreams and aspirations of millions of people in Canada and around the world.
Formed in 1981, the Canadian Federation of Students is a bilingual national union of over one-half million students from more than 64 university and college students’ unions across Canada. Our Federation provides students with an effective and united voice, provincially and nationally, and creates space and opportunity for students across the country and province to join together in creating change and winning victories on and off campus.
Other student groups that have indicated they wish to be member of the Coalition directly include:
Inter-University BDS Network for university campuses in Montreal (UQAM, McGill, Concordia and Universite de Montreal) See Action Network: Concordia
IJV is a national human rights organization, founded in 2008. We promote a just resolution to the dispute in Israel and Palestine though the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. We focus on Israel because Israel perpetrates unjust policies in the name of all Jews. As an occupying power, we hold Israel responsible to end its violence, occupation and settlement expansion in the West Bank, and to end its siege of Gaza.
We are guided by these principles:
- Human rights are universal and indivisible and should be upheld without exception. This is as applicable in Israel and Occupied Palestine as it is elsewhere.
- Palestinians and Israelis alike have the right to peaceful and secure lives.
- Peace and stability require the willingness of all parties to the conflict to comply with international law.
- There is no justification for any form of racism, including anti-Semitism (or anti-Jewish racism), anti-Arab racism or lslamophobia.
- The battle against anti-Semitism is vital and is undermined whenever opposition to Israeli government policies is automatically branded as anti-Semitic.
We have 10 chapters across Canada, in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Alberta, Vancouver, and Victoria.
Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a grassroots organization grounded in Jewish tradition that opposes all forms of racism and advocates for justice and peace for all in Israel-Palestine. IJV has active chapters in cities and on university campuses across the country.
IJV was the first national Jewish organization to endorse the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in 2009. We continue to support and defend BDS as well as to hold Canadian organizations accountable when complicit in Israeli oppression of Palestinians.
canpalnet was founded in Vancouver in 2000 and gathers Canadians of all backgrounds who support the human, democratic, and national rights of the Palestinian people.
canpalnet aims to change the policies and actions of the Canadian government so that these come to support the rights of the Palestinian people.
canpalnet guides itself by United Nations resolutions affirming Palestinians’ right of return and calling for an end to the Israeli occupation. CANPALNET similarly guides itself by accumulated international law, including the Fourth Geneva Convention, which upholds the equal worth and dignity of persons regardless of their ethnic or religious identity, and which affirms democratic rights and opposes apartheid structures.
canpalnet works for the national co-ordination of solidarity work.
The Palestinian Canadian Congress (PCC) is a nonprofit organization representing Palestinian Canadians and groups with Palestinian-Canadian members regardless of their organizational focus, political or social backgrounds. PCC is based in Ottawa but is represented by various groups and individual Palestinian Canadians nationally.