CJPME was established in 2002 by Canadians who wanted to foster justice, peace, prosperity and security for all peoples of the Middle East. Founded under a different name, the current name – “Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East” – was registered in 2004. CJPME seeks to provide resources and host activities which enable Canadians at all levels to better understand the dynamics of the region, and work toward solutions for the region.
In light of the continuing attacks against the Palestinian people and their property, and the dangerously escalating violence in the Occupied Territories, the need for international intervention is becoming increasingly urgent. Previous attempts to establish an official international observer and protection force in Palestine have failed, partly due to the reluctance of the international community to take such an action without Israel’s consent. Therefore, NGOs have realized the urgent need for a grassroots initiative providing international protection for the Palestinian people. This initiative takes the form of a joint Palestinian and worldwide campaign which will unite NGOs, churches and church-related institutions, aid agencies, solidarity groups, human rights activists and concerned individuals, in their efforts to protect the Palestinian people. These groups and individuals will raise awareness and funds, mobilize the public and advocacy groups, initiate informed public debates, and encourage volunteers to form an international presence in Palestine.
IWPS-Palestine is an international team of women based in Haris, a village in the Salfit Governorate of Occupied Palestine's West Bank, which began for three continuous years from August 2002. IWPS-Palestine documents human rights abuses, nonviolently intervenes in abuses, and works with the media. IWPS-Palestine joins Palestinians in acts of nonviolent direct action to oppose human rights abuses and the confiscation and destruction of land and property of Palestinian people. This includes joining demonstrations and opposition to the Apartheid Wall, helping remove roadblocks, and accompanying ambulances and Palestinians whilst they farm. IWPS-Palestine supports Palestinian and Israeli anti-occupation groups in their grassroots resistance to end the brutal and illegal military Occupation.
There is an established and growing movement in solidarity with Palestine. Since 2004, the focus of this movement has been a Palestinian call for ‘Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions’ (BDS). The call was made by hundreds of Palestinian civil society organisations and all major Palestinian trade unions. Campaigners around the world have engaged in diverse forms of solidarity action in line with this call. Corporate Watch’s research intends to strengthen and provide a resource for the growing BDS movement and the wider international solidarity movement.
The United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL) was established and is being developed by the Division for Palestinian Rights in response to successive General Assembly mandates. The main collection contains the texts of current and historical United Nations material concerning the question of Palestine and other issues related to the Middle East situation and the search for peace. UNISPAL contains largely the English texts of United Nations documents with a growing number of links to the texts of the other official UN languages.