JSpaceCanada is a Jewish, progressive, pro-Israel, pro-peace voice in Canada. We see ourselves as providing Canadians with a fair and balanced alternative to the pro-Israel right and the anti-Israel left. We support Israel as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people, with full recognition of the human rights and civil rights of all its citizens. We strongly support a two-state solution and the active pursuit of an agreement that will lead to a lasting peace in the region, because we believe this is in Israel’s best long-term interests. We ardently oppose Israel’s Jewish settlements on the West Bank because they undermine the chances of peace with justice for both peoples in the region. Equally ardently, we oppose all initiatives that attempt to challenge the legitimacy of Israel, impose boycotts, divestments, or sanctions on Israel, or negate Israel’s intrinsic right to exist.
- To serve as a public voice of fairness, balance, and a progressive perspective regarding Israel.
- To offer Canadians an alternative to both the pro-Israel right and the anti-Israel left.
- To help educate Canadians regarding the historical and geographical facts behind the current conflict, and the historical, religious and spiritual context of Canadian Jews’ relationship to Israel.
- To help Canadians understand that it is legitimate to critique some of the policies of the Israeli government, while at the same time affirming Israel’s basic rights as a sovereign state.
Who we are
Our Coordinating Committee is a group of concerned individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including academics, civil servants, trade unionists, authors, social justice activists, and entrepreneurs who want to provide a progressive pro-Israel analysis and voice in the Canadian Jewish community. We are reaching out to individuals and organizations with a rationale for working in support of Israel.
An article about JSpaceCanada was featured in the Toronto Star, December 5, 2012 page GT5: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article/1298174–jewish-group-jspace-voices-a-progressive-view-on-israeli-palestinian-question