IJV Steering Committee Statement on Anti-Zionism

Independent Jewish Voices (IJV) is anti-Zionist. While it had many strains historically, today Zionism is generally understood to denote the political ideology that has provided the basis for Israel’s settler-colonial project and unfolding genocide in Palestine. As an organisation, we hold that the treatment of Palestinians by Israel is morally reprehensible. Zionism is the ideology underlying that treatment. This decision is consistent with our most fundamental values, which have held firm since IJV’s founding in...
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Defunding UNRWA is Collective Punishment

Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) condemns Canada’s shameful decision to suspend further funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) while Palestinians in Gaza face the disastrous consequences of Israeli forces’ deadly assault. According to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on food security, famine is an inevitable consequence of such actions by Western states. The Trudeau government’s decision was made despite the fact that the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in its decision...
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Canada Must Support South Africa’s Application to the International Court of Justice

Over the past 100+ days, notably thanks to the brave journalists of Gaza, we have seen harrowing evidence of a genocide being perpetrated by the Israeli army with the overt support of many Western nations. Last week, South Africa stood in solidarity with Palestine at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), invoking the Convention on the Prevention and the Punishment of the Crime of Genocide against Israel’s ongoing actions. The Genocide Convention’s main objective is...
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IJV Welcomes Canada’s Ceasefire Vote, Calls for Sustained Pressure on Israel

IJV welcomes Canada’s vote at the UN General Assembly today calling for a “humanitarian ceasefire, the protection of civilians, the immediate, unconditional release of all hostages and humanitarian access”. While we appreciate this vote, it is more than 60 days too late. The disappointment and horror that so many Canadians have felt at this egregious delay will not be forgotten, nor will the thousands of lives that have been lost to date.  Canadians in the...
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Repression of Palestinian Solidarity on Campuses Must End

Following the deadly Hamas attacks, Israel has engaged in non-stop bombing in the last weeks on the 2.3 million people living in the Gaza strip. We are witnessing civilian Palestinian casualties in the thousands. Meanwhile, Israel has cut off electricity, water, humanitarian aid, and internet and phone service to the people of Gaza. These restrictions on vital utilities are considered war crimes. People have lost entire families and Palestinians and allies all over the world...
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Gaza on the Brink: Ceasefire now!

The situation in Palestine-Israel is growing more and more dangerous, with total casualties now in the thousands. The situation is now so dire that some are warning of potential genocide in Gaza. Canadian officials have spoken out in support of Israel’s “right to self-defence” and requested that it abide by international law, but Justin Trudeau and Mélanie Joly have yet to condemn or call for an end to Israeli attacks on Palestinians in Gaza.  As...
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