Variantes du nom / Name variations
NOTE: According to its website, CJPME operated under a different name between 2002 and 2004. The name is not specified. On June 4, 1984, the Globe and Mail (p.6) had a piece about an organization operating under various names similar to CJPME’s. They were Canadians for Justice in the Middle East and Canadians for Peace in the Middle East. We have no indications that those organizations operating thirty years apart are linked.
Sites internet / Websites
Profils / Profiles
Informations essentielles / Basic information
– Quebec Registry of Enterprises: CJPME’s file 1169711216
– Canada Revenue Agency: CJPME Foundation’s file 841493539RR0001
– Al-Jazeera (Posted on June 26, 2012 / Date of broadcast?): Video profile of CJPME leaders Thomas Woodley and Grace Batchoun
– Donna Nebenzahl (The Gazette – 23 January 2005): Bringing hope to a troubled land
Grace Batchoun-Woodley is a Palestinian Canadian, a child of refugees. In Canada for 23 years, her life, with business consultant husband, Tom, and three small children, is a comfortable and happy one.
But in October 2002, when a humanitarian crisis loomed in the West Bank, the Woodleys felt compelled, Batchoun-Woodley says, “to bring some relief to the Palestinians.”
So they created Sowers of Hope, along with three other executive team members and a large number of volunteers. The nonprofit group sought out the humanitarian organization World Vision to find out what project might need their assistance.
– National Post (July 30, 2009): Selective multiculturalism
Since several fragments of the Scrolls were put on display last month at the ROM, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) and Palestine House have been trying to have the exhibition shut down. […] Thomas Woodley, director of the CJPME, contended that “by cultural heritage laws of today, the Palestinians would be caretakers,” an opinion echoed by Issam al Ahmed, executive director of Palestine House, who insists Israel forcibly acquired the Scrolls when it annexed East Jerusalem following the 1967 war.
These arguments are preposterous on so many levels it is difficult to know where to begin.
The Scrolls are written in Hebrew. They were hidden at least 700 years before the birth of Mohammed. Their conformity with the text of the known Hebrew bible is nearly 100%. Moreover, no people identified themselves as “Palestinian” until the term was popularized by Yasser Arafat and other modern Arab propagandists — so there is no reason the Scrolls could be the property of the Palestinian Authority.
Even the insistence that the Scrolls should be “returned” to the Palestinians because they possessed them in 1967 is rubbish: Jordan governed East Jerusalem at the time — and it kept self-identified Palestinians in refugee camps.
– La Presse / Presse canadienne (8 juillet 2011) : Le CJPME rejette les conclusions d’un rapport sur l’antisémitisme / WebArchive – Archive.Today
– Reader’s reply (Calgary Herald – May 19, 2012): Propagandists
Reader’s reply: I was amused by Thomas Woodley’s description of Ilan Pappe as an historian. That’s not how Pappe sees himself.
In an interview with Le Soir, in Brussels, Nov. 29, 1999, Pappe said: “I am not as interested in what happened as in how people see what’s happened . . . I admit that my ideology influences my historical writings . . .
Indeed the struggle is about ideology, not about facts.
Who knows what facts are? We try to convince as many people as we can . . . and we do it because of ideological reasons, not because we are truthseekers.”
What do we call someone who’s not interested in what happened, who doesn’t try to establish facts and doesn’t consider himself a [missing word], but instead tries to convince as many people as he can because of his ideology?
Answer: a propagandist – a word that perfectly describes both Pappe and Woodley.
– CJPME (Facebook – May 1, 2014): IRFAN-Canada listed as a terrorist entity: Canada defines humanitarian aid to Palestine as terrorism / WebArchive – Archive.Today
– Grace Batchoun (The Gazette – October 20, 2014): Justin Trudeau’s response to the ISIS crisis should be applauded / WebArchive – Archive.Today (She signed as CJPME VP Public relations)
[EXCERPT OF ONE REPLY] One cannot make a palatable rationale for going to war, except when there is no choice. Comparing the necessary destruction of ISIS through any means possible is not comparable to invading Iraq; the comparison is confronting the Nazis in their contemporary incarnation: A hate-filled, genocidal ideology hell bent on taking over a huge swath of the world and eliminating “the other.”
– CJPME (February 3, 2015): CJPME warns against growing Islamophobia in Canada / WebArchive – Archive.Today (Press release)
– CJPME (April 2015): Canada and ISIS, and International & Domestic response / WebArchive – Archive.Today (Position paper)
– Thomas Woodley (Huffington Post – September 26, 2016): Shaky Allegations Shouldn’t Derail World Vision Operations in Gaza / WebArchive – Archive.Today
– Thomas Woodley (Huffington Post – November 2, 2016): In Case You Missed It, Canada Passed an Anti-Islamophobia Motion / WebArchive – Archive.Today
Articles / Point de Bascule
– Point de Bascule (23 novembre 2015) : Tariq Ramadan en tournée au Canada pour «contextualiser» la crise des migrants : En 2011, il incitait ses partisans à coloniser les États-Unis ‘avec notre compréhension de l’islam’ (CJPMO a invité Tariq Ramadan à prononcer trois conférences à Toronto, Ottawa et Montréal.)
– Point de Bascule (December 8, 2015): Tariq Ramadan touring Canada to put the migrant crisis “in [its] context.” In 2011, he urged his supporters to colonize the United States with ‘our understanding of Islam.’ (CJPME invited Tariq Ramadan to give three lectures in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.)
– Point de Bascule (January 10, 2017): January 18-21, 2017 – Tariq Ramadan’s upcoming tour in Alberta and Ontario organized by Montreal-based lobby CJPME
– Point de Bascule (17 janvier 2017) : Conférence de Tariq Ramadan à Montréal dans le cadre d’une tournée canadienne organisée par le lobby CJPMO
Références / References
– Globe and Mail (March 15, 2007): CJPME’s complaint against the Globe and Mail dismissed by the Ontario Press Council / Archive.Today
– Exchange (November 26, 2009): CRTC approves Al-Jazeera’s application to broadcast / WebArchive – Archive.Today (CJPME’s Thomas Woodley expresses his satisfaction with the decision.)
– Robert Sibley (The Ottawa Citizen – July 18, 2011): Arab Spring Not Islamist Uprising, Says Muslim Intellectual Tariq Ramadan / Archive.Today (Mention that his Ottawa lecture was sponsored by CJPME)
– Laura Brown (Global News – April 24, 2013): Palestinian children’s art exhibit postponed after allegations of propaganda / WebArchive – Archive.Today
– Honest Reporting Canada (May 2, 2013): After HRC Complaint, CBC Acknowledges Gaza “Art” Exhibit Criticized as Fraudulent / WebArchive – Archive.Today (The exhibit was organized by CJPME.)
– Acadie Nouvelle (21 août 2013) : Les appuis se multiplient pour la libération des deux Canadiens / WebArchive – Archive.Today (Appel de CJPMO pour la libération de Tarek Loubani et John Greyson. Mention de Mahmoud Loubani)
– Terry Glavin (The Ottawa Citizen – October 16, 2014): Why aren’t we talking about “The Anti-Israel Lobby”? / WebArchive – Archive.Today
“It certainly wouldn’t be reckless to wager that CJPME’s influence had at least something to do with Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair’s neo-pacifist objections to Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s modest contribution to the American-led air power alliance against the Islamic State (ISIL, ISIS, Daash, etc.) in Iraq earlier this month. To read Mulcair’s statement in the House of Commons, you’d think it was cribbed from the aid-and-diplomacy policy statement CJPME had released only days earlier.”
– Ilana Shneider (CIJ News – April 1, 2016): Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East whitewashes Hamas terrorism / WebArchive – Archive.Today
– MAC London (October 13, 2016): Announcement of a photo exhibition with Grace Batchoun / WebArchive – Archive.Today (Ms Batchoun is presented as CJPME Foundation President.)
– Shawn Jeffords (Toronto Sun – December 1, 2016): Ontario MPPs reject BDS movement / Archive.Today (“A group called Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East denounced the motion, saying it targets people for their political views.”)
– Indeed / Site d’offres d’emplois (1 janvier 2017) : CJPME recherche un gestionnaire de bureau à Montréal / Archive.Today (Salaire offert entre 30 000 $ et 45 000 $ par année)