Churches

Catholic Church’s slow but steady movement on Israel/Palestine: public presentation and discussion in Ottawa March 22

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Carl Hétu is the Executive Director of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA).  He has organized and led official visits of Roman Catholic Bishops to Israel, West Bank and Gaza. On March 22, he will discuss why and how the attitude of the Church on the Israel/Palestine issue is evolving. …. (more…)

Antisemitism and zionism: two sides of same coin, says Montreal professor

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Judaism is a religion that has existed for several thousand years, notes Professor Yakov Rabkin of the University of Montreal. Zionism on the other hand, is a relatively recent political movement which developed in the late 19th century in response to European antisemitism. Zionism depends on antisemitism to survive, he argues. They are two sides of the same coin. Listen to a surprising 7 minute interview. Learn more: (more…)

“Fifty years of occupation demands action”- Catholic Bishops

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When they were blocked from entering Gaza in 2015 to meet with the Christian community there, a delegation of Catholic Bishops from around the world did a spontaneous “pray-in” in front of the checkpoint. After a 6 hour wait, embarrassed Israeli officials allowed the Bishops to enter. Powerful voices in the Catholic Church are speaking out about the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Read more. (more…)

Announcing CTIP – a new Canadian human rights organization

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On May 26th 2016, group of Ottawa citizens concerned with human rights in the middle east founded a new Canadian human rights organization called “Canada Talks Israel Palestine” or CTIP for short.

With the founding of CTIP, we formally ended our previous relationship with the National Council on Canada Arab Relations (or NCCAR). CTIP has a new mission, basis of unity and executive committee.

Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) – Who we are

Mission

Canada Talks Israel/Palestine (CTIP) is an independent not-for-profit Canadian organization whose mission is to help Canadians better understand the history and current challenges facing those living in Israel/Palestine, and to advocate for human rights and equality for all those who live there.

Basic Principles

CTIP is founded on 5 basic principles:

  1. Respect for and application of international law and relevant UN resolutions, including a just solution for Palestinian refugees;
  2. Equality and democracy for all those who live in Israel/Palestine;
  3. Respect for human rights and protection of minorities;
  4. Rejection of all forms of racism, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia;
  5. Respect for historical accuracy.

Membership

Membership in CTIP is open to anyone resident in Canada who:

  • Agrees with the basic principles;
  • Agrees to work in a co-operative and helpful manner;
  • Agrees to pay his/her annual dues (currently $20/year)

Activities

CTIP carries out the following core activities:

  • Educational presentations for external public;
  • Annual program of invited speakers;
  • Workshops for members and Palestinian human rights activists;
  • Active blog and social media presence on Israel/Palestine issues;
  • Educational tours to Israel/Palestine;
  • Applied research aimed at understanding how to change Canadian opinion-makers’ perception of the Israel/Palestine issue.

Executive committee

  • Chair, Peter Larson, email: chair.ctip@gmail.com
  • Vice Chair, Grafton Ross

Canada Talks Israel Palestine (CTIP) aims to promote a serious discussion in Canada about the complicated and emotional Israel/Palestine issue. If you support our educational mission, why not join? Or make a donation? Or learn more about what we do?  Contact us at membership.ctip@gmail.com.