Palestinian Human Rights

Palestinian Human Rights

Individuals, organizations and charities in Canada have been and continue to be silenced because of their international development or humanitarian work in the West Bank and Gaza and/or criticism of the state of Israel.

These cases include:

  • Organizations based in Canada such as Mada-al Carma, KAIROSRights and Democracy, the Canadian Arab Federation and IRFAN-Canada, have been defunded, stripped of significant government grants, had their charitable status revoked and/or have been shut down for reasons relating to their advocacy work for Palestinian Human Rights.
  • Prominent Palestinian physician and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, was obstructed in obtaining a travel visa to enter Canada to deliver a public lecture in March 2010 for Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME).
  • In 2009, well known Canadian academic and lawyer, Sharryn Aiken, was the subject of direct intervention by the federal government, which attempted to defund a conference she was organizing on the Israel/Palestine conflict.

A pattern can be observed in reviewing the listed cases within this filter relating to Palestinian Human Rights whereby the government has repeatedly silenced open discussion on Palestinian Human rights and criticism of Israel in Canada and has prevented or limited humanitarian development work in Palestine by Canadian organizations. This pattern is consistent, for example, with the government's 2009 public statements relating to the defunding of KAIROS whose criticism of the Israeli government was interpreted as being anti-semitic. The evidence of these case studies supports a trend that either criticism of Israel or support for Palestinian Human Rights places individuals and organizations on the government's hit list.


 

Alternatives

Alternatives

Alternatives has been the target of two of the tactics employed by the federal government in recent years against progressive civil society organizations: firstly, defunding and, secondly, costly and time-consuming audits by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with the potential result of losing charitable status.

Canadian Arab Federation

Canadian Arab Federation

The CAF made public statements criticizing the State of Israel, the Canadian government and certain public figures, and advocating for Palestinian human rights.

Rémy Beauregard

Rémy Beauregard

Rémy Beauregard died on January 8, 2010, at age 66, from a heart attack. His death came after months of conflict at Rights & Democracy with Tory-appointed board members who were ideologically opposed to the organization's grants, and accused Beauregard of improper management and of associating with "terrorist" organizations.

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