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.
Statement: Terror Attack in Tel Aviv
JSpaceCanada is saddened and heart-broken by the terror attack at the hands of a Palestinian terrorist yesterday in Tel Aviv, on Dizengoff Street. The terrorist wounded three young Israelis, one of them seriously. Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the victims as we hope for the recovery of the injured.
Statement: Canada Should Condemn, Take Action in Response to Incitement, Terrorism
JSpaceCanada denounces in the strongest possible terms the comments made by Israeli Minister of Finance and minister in the Ministry of Defense Bezalel Smotrich regarding the Palestinian village of Huwara. His disgraceful statement that the village should be “wiped out” is not only highly offensive but also a direct threat a vulnerable Palestinians that just suffered a deadly attack at the hands of Israeli settlers.
Statement: Escalating and Deepening Violence in Israel and the West Bank
JSpaceCanada expresses its deep concern and sadness over the recent surge in violence in Israel and the occupied West Bank. The far-right Israeli government's actions towards annexation and deepening occupation are alarming and contribute to the cycle of worsening conflict and injustice.
Statement: Terror and Destruction in Huwara
JSpaceCanada unequivocally condemns the recent pogrom that claimed the life of an innocent Palestinian civilian and brought terror and destruction to the village of Huwara by Israeli settlers.
Statement: Escalating Violence in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
JSpaceCanada is deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating security situation in Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territories and calls for Canada's proactive leadership to promote restraint and prevent further escalation of violence.
Statement: JSpaceCanada Condemns Terror Attack in Jerusalem
JSpaceCanada strongly condemns the horrific terror attack on Shabbat worshippers in Neve Yaakov, Jerusalem that resulted in at least seven deaths and several more injuries. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims and to the entire Israeli community as they grieve this tragedy.
JSpaceCanada appoints Joe Roberts Chair of the Board
JSpaceCanada is happy to announce the appointment of Joe Roberts to Chair of the Board.