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WHERE WE STAND

We support a negotiated settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that is guided by the principles of mutual recognition and respect, and reflects the legitimate rights of both peoples to self- determination, peaceful coexistence and security.

We oppose any claims that question Israel’s right to exist, and reject attempts to vilify, demonize or deligitimize the State of Israel.

We consider the expansion of settlements in the West Bank an obstacle to peace and a threat to Israel’s security.

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Our Objectives

  • To provide a safe space to discuss progressive ideas for social justice, human and civil rights, and peace and security for Israel.
  • To promote democratic and civil rights for all of Israel’s citizens, residents and neighbours in accord with Jewish values and Israel’s Declaration of Independence.
  • To serve as an informed voice for a balanced approach, and as an alternative to extremist voices on the far ‘right’ and the far ‘left.’
  • To educate Canadians on the historical realities behind the conflict in the Middle East, and to put the relationship between Canadian Jews and Israel into context.
  • To let the public, community leaders and elected officials know that the Jewish community has many voices. JSpaceCanada strives to be a voice of moderation and social justice, both on Israel and on issues that affect Jews as citizens of Canada.

Progressive Zionism

We are committed to protecting Israel’s vibrant democracy by commenting on government policies and actions that in our view do not reflect the Jewish values and democratic principles enshrined in Israel’s Declaration of Independence. We also speak out when we believe Israel is being unfairly criticized or when obvious and unwarranted anti-Israel bias occurs.

Sustainable Peace

While JSpaceCanada supports a two-state solution, we believe any future peace agreement should strive for balance, result in mutual recognition, and create conditions for a just, secure and sustainable peace. We urge Canada to encourage and support the peace process.

Jewish Unity

At a time when attacks on the Jewish community are increasing, many community leaders are more engaged in criticizing each other than uniting to confront common challenges. We want to build bridges, recognizing the value of constructive dissent and focusing on what unites us – our values and traditions, and our love and support for Israel.

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