JSpaceCanada urges Canada to maintain humanitarian aid to Palestinians amid the suspension of funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)
JSpaceCanada is calling on the Government of Canada to maintain its commitment to providing aid to the Palestinian population while addressing systemic issues within the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
JSpaceCanada Announces Leadership Change Amidst Challenging Times for the Jewish Community
JSpaceCanada today announces a change in its leadership, as Board Chair Joe Roberts steps down from his role. We extend our deepest gratitude to Mr. Roberts for his dedicated service, leadership, and commitment to our cause during his tenure.
JSpaceCanada concerned about content of UNGA Ceasefire Resolution
While calls for humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza are welcome, resolution failed to condemn Hamas or recognize necessity of a substantive peace plan
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada Welcomes News of Hostage Release and Humanitarian Pause in Fighting
JSpaceCanada welcomes the news that the Israeli government approved a deal that will see the release 50 women and children held hostage by Hamas and other militant groups in the Gaza Strip. Israel will release 150 Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails. A cessation in fighting will begin at the same time, lasting four days.
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada Condemns Increased Violence in the Occupied West Bank
The events of the past two weeks - the unconscionable terrorism at the hands of Hamas in Israel on October 7, the indiscriminate bombing of civilian centres in Israel by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) - have been heart-wrenching for the Jewish community in Israel and in the diaspora.
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada calls on the Government of Canada to Maintain Support for Israel and Address Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza, Calls for Adherence to International Law
JSpaceCanada continues to grieve the horrific terrorist massacre unleashed by Hamas against Israel this past Saturday. We reiterate our statement of absolute condemnation of the actions of this terrorist organization, that took the lives of over 1,000 Israelis (as of this writing), with thousands more wounded, and at least 130 held hostage by Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).
JSpaceCanada Condemns Violent Hamas Incursion Into Israel
Our hearts are broken this morning as we awoke to news of the of infiltration of dozens of terrorists into communities near the Gaza border and a barrage rocket fire against Israeli cities. These attacks are unprecedented and indiscriminate. As we watch with horror, we pray for the safety of our friends and our families in Israel, on what is perhaps one of the bloodiest days of violence in a generation.
JSpaceCanada Honours Distinguished Leaders with the 2023 Jewish Defenders of Democracy Awards
JSpaceCanada, an organization dedicated to advancing initiatives grounded in Jewish democratic and pluralistic values, is thrilled to announce the honourees of the 2023 Jewish Defenders of Democracy Awards. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional individuals who have showcased a steadfast commitment to defending and upholding the principles of democracy, particularly in these times of burgeoning global threats to its very foundation.
STATEMENT: Knesset Eliminates Reasonableness Standard
JSpaceCanada Chair Joe Roberts issued the following statement in response to the Knesset’s vote to pass the controversial and antidemocratic “Judicial Reform” bill:
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada Condemns First Steps in Abolishing the "Reasonableness Standard"
JSpaceCanada strongly condemns the first steps in the Israeli government’s judicial overhaul, the abolishing of the “reasonableness standard”, which passed first reading on Monday, July 10.
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada Condemns Attacks in the occupied West Bank
JSpaceCanada condemns the ongoing terror attacks and riots perpetrated by occupied West Bank settlers that escalated in intensity last week.
JSpaceCanada Opposes Proposed Settlement Expansion in the occupied West Bank
4000-plus units proposed for contested neighborhood will further endanger peace prospects Toronto, ON - JSpaceCanada has announced its strident opposition to news that Israel’s far-right governing coalition is set to announce significant expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank in defiance of the international community and in a move that will further set back the peace process.
JSpaceCanada Welcomes Foreign Affairs Committee Study On Fostering Peace in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza
JSpaceCanada made the following statement in response to Canada’s Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) Committee’s adoption of a motion to conduct a study on “the actions Canada should take to foster peace, protect civilians, combat terrorism and uphold respect for human rights” in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza:
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada Marks Nakba Day in Solidarity with Palestinian Allies
Toronto, ON - Today, on 15 May, 2023, Palestinians around the world are marking Nakba Day. Al-Nakba, meaning 'the catastrophe' in Arabic, represents the Palestinian exodus and the displacement of roughly 700,000 Palestinians from historic Palestine in 1948.
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada Concerned About Escalations of Violence in Gaza
Toronto, ON - JSpaceCanada is deeply saddened and horrified by the escalation in violence between the IDF and militants in Gaza. Israeli military forces have conducted operations in Gaza in response to rocket attacks perpetrated by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) as a result of the death of Khader Adnan. Adnan is believed to be a senior member of PIJ, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by multiple governments, including the government of Canada. He died following an 86-day hunger strike in an Israeli jail, in protest against being arrested and detained without trial.
JSpaceCanada Celebrates the Founding of a Jewish State On Israel’s Independence Day and Reflects on its Future
Leaders of Canada’s pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-democracy movement renew its commitment to a democratic, pluralist Israel envisioned in Israel’s Declaration of Independence and calls for a renewed commitment to end the occupation.
Statement: JSpaceCanada Condemns Recent Terror Attacks in Israel and the Occupied West Bank
Toronto, ON - JSpaceCanada unequivocally condemns the terror attacks in Israel and in the occupied West Bank which occurred as the holidays of Passover, Ramadan, and Easter converged.
Statement: Remarks from Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
“JSpaceCanada applauds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks today addressing the situation in Israel. We wholeheartedly agree with the Prime Minister that Israelis and Palestinians deserve the right to safely celebrate Ramadan and Passover in peace and security during this holy time of prayer and reflection.
STATEMENT: JSpaceCanada condemns escalation of tensions in Jerusalem
Violence on Temple Mount comes during convergence of Holy Seasons Toronto, ON - JSpaceCanada is deeply concerned following last night’s violent raid of the Al Aqsa Mosque by Israeli forces. The recent raid on several hundred Palestinian worshippers during Ramadan follows calls for worshippers to barricade themselves in the Holy Site, reportedly in preparation for provocative Jewish visits to the mount on Wednesday, Passover eve.
Statement: Canadian Jews remain concerned about the future of Israel's democracy
Yesterday evening, three months of public pressure from Israelis and diaspora Jewry across the world forced Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to announce his governing coalition would ‘pause’ their anti-democratic judicial overhaul plan that would consolidate power over Israel’s judiciary under their control. The announcement followed a nationwide general strike by Israel’s public sector, schools, universities, banks, and even McDonald’s restaurants.