|In their own words||“to create a world where international solidarity, environmental rights, democratic rights and human dignity are universally respected.”|
- In 2021, total revenue was $1.8 million (CAD); total expenses were $1.7 million (CAD).
- Donors include Canada and the European Union. (See table below for further funding information.)
- Alternatives Canada was founded in Montreal in 1994, and calls itself an “international solidarity organization.” Its stated aim is to “help the networking, building, and promoting of innovative initiatives in popular and social movements that are fighting for economic, social, political, cultural and environmental rights.”
- Engages in highly politicized activities both within Canada and internationally.
- Alternatives Canada engages in political advocacy against Israel, through its use of demonizing language such as “apartheid” rhetoric, BDS, and promoting a Palestinian “right of return.”
- Le Journal des Alternatives is “a monthly compendium of international, national, and cultural news” published by Alternatives Canada and distributed in Québec’s widely-read Le Devoir. Among other ideological causes, this publication consistently presents a highly distorted depiction of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The journal features numerous opinion pieces with anti-Israel themes and arguments. No articles representing a pro-Israel or Zionist perspective are presented. Some such articles accuse Israel of apartheid and “ethnic cleansing,” and justify BDS campaigns against Israel.
- In July 2021, Alternatives Canada hosted a webinar “on the war crimes and violations committed against the Palestinian people.” The webinar also discussed “various strategies deployed within the framework of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against the State of Israel, which aims to expose the injustices and violations perpetrated against the Palestinian people.”
- In May 2021, Alternatives was a signatory on a statement claiming that “Palestinians are rising up against their eviction from their homes, the appropriation of their religious sites, the occupation of East Jerusalem, the destruction of their culture, the annexation of their lands, the arbitrary arrest of their youths and the ethnic cleansing of their people.” The statement called on the international community to “make your voice heard against the state of apartheid.”
- In May 2018, on the occasion of “70 Years of Nakba,” Alternatives published an article by Al-Shabaka asking “Where Can Palestinians Go from Here?” Razi Nabulse, a researcher at Masarat, recommended “using the Nakba itself by considering it not only an anniversary, but also a destructive system and continuous manifestation of the essence of Zionism that Palestinians must dismantle” (emphasis added). Irene Calis, an anthropologist, stated that “Palestinians must recognize that the problem is not occupation, but Zionism, and proposes a collective and strategic recalibration of political action that is focused on Zionism, de-colonization, and emancipation” (emphasis added).
- In April 2018, during the violence on the Gaza border, Alternatives shared an article condemning the “savagery with which the Jewish state executed 17 of its two million prisoners of Gaza.” The article furthered that “It is time to weigh all our weight against an unnatural alliance that has made decades of apartheid, ethnic cleansing and – as Friday’s violence reminds us – of periodic massacres possible.” In addition to its demonization, the article ignored the violent nature of the protests, which have consisted of an organized armed attack on the Israeli border and IDF positions, attempts to destroy and breach the border fence, and sustained arson, rocket, and mortar attacks on Israeli civilian communities.
- In June 2017, Alternatives shared a statement by BDS Quebec stating that “It is also incumbent on us to stand firm and steadfast against Canada’s continued support of Israeli colonialism from the beginning, both political and military, and economic.”
- In February 2017, published an article accusing Israel of “fierce colonization,” “discrimination and dispossession,” and “war crimes,” as well as calling for a “concerted pressure by the PLO / Palestine to, at a minimum, obtain a total ban on colonial products, and the
- end of relations with the Israeli state and private sector organizations, such as banks, that fund settlements.”
- In April 2016, published an article titled “The Right to Boycott Colonialism and Apartheid of the Israeli State” stating that “BDS remains one of the means to resist the highly sophisticated public relations campaign of Israel and Zionist and pro-Israeli organizations aimed at countering the negative images of the war and thus making the occupation, colonization and racism more acceptable.”
- In August 2016, Alternatives, alongside BDS-Quebec, hosted a workshop to launch its campaign for a “complete military embargo against Israel.”
- In 2013, Alternatives Canada hosted an event alongside BDS Québec and Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine titled “Israel Guilty of Apartheid,” featuring BDS activist Frank Barat.
- In 2011, Alternatives partnered with Turtle Island Humanitarian Aid, a registered Canadian non-profit organization, to raise money for the Canadian Boat to Gaza campaign. Alternatives collected the funds for the flotilla and proceeded to “transfer the required amounts to Turtle Island Humanitarian Aid, which will purchase the vessel and register it under Canadian law.”
- In 2016, Turtle Island stated that it was accepting donations for the Women’s Boat to Gaza, under the banner of the “Freedom Flotilla Coalition.” In a post to its Facebook page, Alternatives denied any involvement with this flotilla.
- Alternatives Canada is part of Alternatives International, a network of NGOs “struggling against neoliberalism, imperialism, social injustice and war.”
- Alternatives International accuses Israel of ‘apartheid’ and ethnic cleansing, and supports BDS and a narrow pro-Palestinian view.
- In May 2021, Alternatives published an article welcoming the report published by Human Rights Watch accusing Israel of apartheid. According to Alternatives, “The conclusions are clear: Israel’s laws and policies contribute to the subjugation of the Palestinian people…the Israeli occupation of Palestine continues with the complicit silence of the dominant countries of the international community, which legitimize a racist policy that is contrary to fundamental rights.”
- In July 2018, Alternatives published an article by Ilan Pappe titled “Israel’s New Law is a Form of Apartheid” stating that “Zionism was a settler colonial movement and Israel is a settler state. This means that Jewish colonisation and the oppression of the Palestinians is on par with the European destruction of the native Americans or of the genocide of the aboriginals by the Australians.” The article furthers that “The two-state solution offered by some as a basis for peace is meant to allow Israel total territorial control over autonomous Palestinian Bantustans that could be called a state.”
- llan Pappe, is an academic at the University of Exeter and author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. He is a supporter of BDS and violence against Israel, stating: “I support Hamas in its resistance against the Israeli occupation.” Pappe’s article “Genocide in Gaza” refers to the “Palestinian resistance” and uses terms such as “imprisoning Gaza,” “massacres,” “ethnic cleansing,” and “genocide politics” to describe the actions of the Israeli government. In a 2014 lecture, Pappe claimed that a two-state framework is “just a tool where [Israel] maintains control over the [Palestinians].”
- On July 4, 2016, Alternatives International published an interview with Ali Abunimah in which he expressed support for BDS and alleged that the “situation in Palestine is the last anti-colonial struggle of the 20th century… continuing into the 21st century.”
- Ali Abunimah is the co-founder and executive director of Electronic Intifada, an online platform that publishes viciously anti-Israel and antisemitic articles, promoting BDS campaigns and a one-state formula.
- In July 2014, shard an article calling to “hold specific Canadian companies, as well as the Conservative government, publicly accountable for their direct links to the war crimes being carried out against the people of Gaza right now.”
- In April 2014, Alternatives published an interview with Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a terrorist organization designated as such by the US, EU, Canada, and Israel. According to Khaled, “Resistance takes more than one face. It can be all kinds of resistance. Non-violent and violent. I am ok with those who choose non-violence. We are not going to liberate our country by armed struggle only. Other kinds of resistance are necessary. The political one, diplomatic one, the non-violent one… I am ok with using all means of resistance. We cannot say that non-violent resistance alone will achieve our rights. We are facing an apartheid State, Zionism as a movement, the Americans, and in general, the West, which supports Israel.”
- “Allies” based in Israel and the Palestinian Authority include Addameer and the Teacher Creativity Center, the Palestinian member of the Alternatives International Federation.
- The Alternatives International network includes the Alternative Information Center – Palestine (based in Israel). Alternatives Canada claims that the “Alternative Information Center (AIC)…focus[es its] efforts on the fight against corruption to better combat poverty and the lack of access to essential services such as health care and education.”
- According to Alternatives Canada’s website, Alternatives Canada is a member of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP), a network of radical organizations that promote boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel. On the CJPP website, which is no longer active, the organization called for boycotts of “Israeli products, e.g. oranges, wines, etc” and “companies which support Israel.”
- CJPP also regularly levies accusations of “apartheid” against Israel by publishing documents referring to the separation barrier as the “apartheid wall” and issuing statements comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa. According to a flyer on its website, CJPP organized a “Palestine Day Celebration,” marking “40 years of Israeli Apartheid.”
Government Funding to Alternatives Canada (amounts in $CAD)
|Canadian Federal Government||$1,025,670||$907,973
|Government of Quebec||$231,423||$289,798
With half of its funding from the Canadian government, Montreal-based Alternatives continues support anti-Israel political activity. Through media statements and in cooperation with groups such as the PNGO, Alternative Information Center, Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC), and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), Alternatives promotes the demonization of Israel, contributes to the conflict, and requires greater scrutiny from the Canadian government.
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