PBI-Canada supports civil society call to suspend all trade in arms and military technology with Israel

Peace Brigades International-Canada has signed this statement calling for an arms embargo on Israel that, in part, says: “As the catastrophe wrought by Israel’s continued assault on Gaza grows, Canadian civil society organizations across multiple sectors are calling on the Canadian government to immediately suspend all trade in arms and Read more…

Independent inquiry into CADSI could look at the culpability of transnational arms companies in the genocide in Gaza

Video still: The Ottawa Police Service watches as arms dealers and officials enter the CANSEC arms show in Ottawa. The International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) and affiliated groups, including the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), are demanding that the Government of Canada hold “an independent and in-depth inquiry into CADSI Read more…

2,000+ students arrested at protests calling for divestment from companies implicated in human rights violations

Video still of University of Ottawa encampment by CTV. Encampments are being organized on campuses across the United States and Canada in response to the Israeli military assault in which at least 34,596 Palestinians have been killed and 77,816 more injured. The encampments have highlighted divestment as a demand. The Columbia Read more…

More than 800 human rights defenders killed in Palestine over the past six months

Photo: Nour Naser Abu al-Nour of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights was killed by an Israeli airstrike on her family home in Rafah on February 20. The airstrike also killed seven members of her family including her two-year-old daughter Kenzi Jumaa. The recently-released Amnesty International report The State of Read more…

Canadian banks continue to hold shares in the weapons companies profiting from Israel’s ongoing assault against Gaza

Photo: Sarah Abdul-Karim, a member of the Palestinian Youth Movement, spoke about RBC investments in weapons companies at this rally in Ottawa on April 6. Six months after Israel’s assault on Palestine began, Canadian banks continue to invest in the weapons companies arming the Israeli military. The numbers are staggering: Read more…

As the US moves ahead with $3 billion sale of F-35s to Israel, Canada continues to supply key parts for these bombers

Photo: An IAF F-35 Adir. On March 19, Middle East Eye reported: “The US plans to move ahead with a $2.5bn [also reported as $3 billion] sale of F-35 fighter jets, Josh Paul, the former director of congressional and public affairs for the State Department’s bureau of political-military affairs, said.” Read more…

Canada helps 50+ countries access Elbit’s “battle-tested” weapons at CANSEC arms show in Ottawa

Photo: Elbit Systems at CANSEC in 2019. On May 29-30 they will be at Booth 1421/M10 in the EY Centre in Ottawa. The Guardian reports: “Canada will halt future arms sales to Israel following a non-binding vote in the house of commons. The foreign affairs minister, Mélanie Joly, told the Read more…

Suspending the export of Canadian “military goods” to Israel should also include addressing their transfer via the United States

Photo: The House of Commons. On Monday March 18th, the House of Commons will be voting on this motion that includes the call for Canada to “suspend all trade in military goods and technology with Israel and increase efforts to stop the illegal trade of arms, including to Hamas.” The Read more…