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Canadian-Palestinian Educational Exchange (CEPAL)

Profile

Country/TerritoryCanada
Websitewww.cepal.ca
Founded1996
In their own words"Our objective is to assist the Palestinian refugees in the pursuit of their basic human rights by increasing their access to education, and by raising public awareness in Canada about their struggle.”

Funding

CEPAL does not provide funding details, but accepts donations through CanadaHelps.org and the United Way Payroll Deduction Program (for government employees). Its summer internship program in Lebanon was sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Activities

  • According to its mission statement, CEPAL is a Canadian volunteer humanitarian organization and registered charity, founded in 1996 “by individuals who share a deep commitment to the respect of human dignity and the rights of all people.”
  • CEPAL actively promotes the “right of return” supporting “the Palestinian refugees’ right to choose to return to their homeland or to resettle in another country, and to compensation for their losses and suffering.” By advocating for the Palestinians’ “right of return,” CEPAL implicitly supports campaigns seeking to destroy Israel as a Jewish State.
  • The Right of Return Conference (Ottawa, June 28, 2008) “commemorates the 60th anniversary of Al-Nakba (catastrophe), and will encourage discussion among Canadians about the Palestinian Right of Return.”
  • CEPAL claims to be the only Canadian NGO that “works directly with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.”
  • CEPAL advertises events organized by SPHR (Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights), Not in our Name (NION), Canada Palestine Support Network, Ittijah, the Coalition against Israeli Apartheid and the Coalition of Arab Canadian Professionals and Community Associations (CAPCA). Among these events are the “4th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week,” held under the banner “60 Years of Nakba: End Israeli Apartheid,” and a lecture titled “Resisting Israeli Apartheid: Building a Global Movement.”

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