Should Canada support BDS? Announcing our essay contest – Win the $1000 prize!!!

“Should Canada support BDS?” There is growing debate in Canada over the international movement to  boycott Israel, known as BDS.  In March, the federal government adopted a motion “denouncing” BDS. But a resolution in the same direction failed in the Ontario legislature in May. Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) wants to encourage a thoughtful discussion:  We offer a $1000 prize for the best essay. Read more. 


Canada Talks Israel Palestine essay contest

2016 Topic: Should Canada support the movement to boycott Israel?

What do you think of the international Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement that aims to put pressure on the Israeli government to comply with international law on Palestinian human rights? Its critics say it is “anti-Semitic”. Its supporters say its three demands are legitimate and a boycott is a peaceful way to bring pressure on Israel to respect them.

What do you think? Would you like to win a $1000 prize? Write an original article in Op-Ed format that discusses Canada’s support for the BDS movement from a human rights perspective and you will be eligible to win! Your essay should demonstrate more than just passion – it should show that you know and understand both the objectives and the methods of the BDS movement and that you are able to present a reasoned case why Canada should, or should not, support BDS.

The 2016 edition of the Canada Talks Israel Palestine Op-Ed contest is open to residents of Canada 30 years of age or younger across the country. The prize will be awarded for the Op-Ed article that most clearly and persuasively highlights a viewpoint on the topic. The winning article will be published on the Canada Talks Israel Palestine website and may also be published elsewhere.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016

For more information on how to participate, go to

or download the contest flyer here: Essay Contest description

Your submission should be emailed to:


Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) is an educational organization whose aim is to educate Canadians on the complicated Israel/Palestine issue.


    1. Thank you very much. Any donations are very much appreciated as we are planning many projects.

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      PLEASE NOTE THAT CTIP DOES NOT HAVE, AND IS NOT SEEKING A CHARITABLE TAX NUMBER. (We think that operating under CRA rules about political activity is too limiting and not advisable.)

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