KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
|In their own words||“a partnership of eleven Canadian churches and church agencies committed to faithful action for justice and peace… in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”|
- 2012 total revenue: $2,664,683.
- According to November 2009 press reports, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) denied KAIROS’ application for a $7 million four-year grant following allegations that KAIROS took “a leadership in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.” A CIDA spokesman explained that “[a]fter completing due diligence it was determined that the organization’s project does not meet CIDA’s current priorities.”
- In September 2011, CIDA rejected an additional application due to doubts that the proposal would be “good value for money.”
- According to its 2012 annual report, donors include: Social Justice Fund, Basilian Human Development Fund, and others.
- Primary supporter of the anti-Israel divestment movement in Canada and demonizes Israel through accusations of “war crimes” and “collective punishment.”
- Partners with politicized NGOs including Sabeel, Jerusalem Center for Women, the Department of Service to Palestinian Refugees, and the Wi’am Center for Conflict Resolution.
- Website features “resources” and information from radical NGOs including: Jewish Voices for Peace, European Jews for a Just Peace, World Council of Churches/EAPPI, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), New Profile and Sabeel.
- In 2010 and 2011, published a highly politicized and one-sided bulletin for the “World Week for Peace in Palestine and Israel” initiative of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The WCC plays a key role in mobilizing churches to support the international boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.
- Website features a “Wall Fact Sheet”, produced by the radical NGOs Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network/Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, presenting an entirely biased and inaccurate view of the conflict and ignoring Israel’s right to self-defense.
- Frequently distributes documents of Sabeel, alleging Israeli “illegal and immoral behavior” and “apartheid practices.” Sabeel actively participates in BDS campaigns, supports a one-state resolution to the conflict, and utilizes anti-Semitic language.
- Supported the Bil’in lawfare case in Canadian courts, which was one of a series of cases initiated by highly politicized NGOs, including Al Haq, as part of its anti-Israel “lawfare” campaign. The case was dismissed with partial costs, and the appeals were denied.
- During November 2012’s Operation Pillar of Defense, issued a statement calling on Israel to “immediately stop its escalating levels of military attack on the people of Gaza” and maintaining that “the Israeli occupation… forms the basis of the current conflict.”
- In May 2013, issued a proclamation of support for the United Church of Canada’s call to members of the “ecumenical and justice community” to urge foreign affairs and trade ministers to impose “proper identification of Israeli settlement products in Canadian stores and an end to tax exemptions for products from the settlements.”
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