Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)


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Political Advocacy

BDS Activities

  • On February 23, 2010 CPT-Palestine endorsed BDS against Israel “because sixty years of negotiations and diplomacy have only enabled Israel to solidify its military occupation of Palestine. The international community has long called for Palestinian society to resist the violence of the Occupation nonviolently, so we, as members of an international peace organization, believe that when Palestinians mount nonviolent campaigns against the Occupation, we are morally obligated to support them.”
  • CPT encourages “individuals, companies and states to engage in divestment and in an economic and commercial boycott of everything produced by the Israeli occupation.”
  • CPT “started making videos answering ‘why do we boycott Israel? ’,” urging followers to do the same.
  • In June 2017, CPT signed a statement “condemn[ing] JNF Canada’s role in entrenching Israel’s fifty-year-long military occupation” and called on the government of Canada to “Ensure that Canadian taxpayers are no longer subsidizing these activities, which are making Canada complicit in violations of international law (sic).”
  • On June 14, 2017, Rachelle Friesen, the Canadian coordinator of CPT, wrote an op-ed in the Canadian Mennonite stating, “The time has come to take up the call of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) unapologetically. This support means not only condemning the settlements or the occupation; it means the entire BDS framework of liberation is adopted, including: Ending the colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the wall.”
  • In April 2017, CPT was a signatory on a letter to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra calling on them to “reconsider your participation in the TSO’s planned ‘Arabian Nights’ tour of Israel,” as “Israel instrumentalizes culture to cover up its violations. When international artists perform at Israeli cultural venues and institutions, they help to create the false impression that Israel is a ‘normal’ country like any other. This visit by the world-renowned TSO will be paraded as an endorsement of Israel’s actions.”
  • In March 2017, CPT, alongside the Canadian BDS Coalition, signed a letter to HP calling on them to “speak out against the violations of International Humanitarian Law and abuses of human rights associated with HP/HPE technology infrastructure that Israel uses to maintain its system of apartheid and settler colonialism over the Palestinian people… We expect you to show just leadership and stand on the right side of history to end your company’s complicity with Israeli oppression” (emphasis added).


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