Tom Woodley, President of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) points to a “boycott” sticker. He has been one of the most prominent Canadian promoters of the movement to boycott Israel (BDS). In a video interview, Woodley reflects on how the BDS movement is developing in Canada. Read more.
After the Canadian Parliament voted in February of this year to ‘condemn’ the movement to boycott Israel (BDS) and the people who support it, Tom Woodley, was defiant.
His nervy response was ‘go ahead, make my day, condemn me’ – a riff on Clint Eastwood’s macho slogan.
But the Trudeau government didn’t do anything, probably sensing that few in Canada agreed with the Conservative party claim that BDS was ‘anti-Semitic’ and calculating that there was very little appetite in Canada for trying to legally stop people from supporting it.
Over the summer, CJPME has gone a step further, launching a series of short, informative videos about BDS. One explains in simple terms what the BDS movement is all about and what its 3 key demands are. Another addresses the question ‘why target Israel?’ The organization has also produced a series of BDS factsheets and other resources.
Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) interviewed Thomas Woodley about the videos and about his sense of how the BDS campaign is developing in Canada.
As Woodley points out, the BDS movement is still in its infancy. Most Canadians have never heard the term “BDS” and even fewer know what it stands for.
But there are signs that it is developing. CJPME is now part of a broader BDS Coalition in Canada. It appears that the efforts of Woodley and CJPME are gradually paying off.
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