Thomas Woodley
Thomas Woodley is president of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), a Canadian non-profit whose mission is to empower Canadians of all backgrounds to promote justice, development and peace in the Middle East. Tom holds an MPA from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, as well as a BSEE and MSEE from Carnegie-Mellon University and Stevens Institute of Technology respectively. Tom has worked both in the public sector - in a Federal budgeting capacity – as well as in the non-profit sector. Tom has been involved for years with different international NGO’s in Africa and the Middle East.

Entries by Thomas Woodley

Abuse Of Prisoners Is Intolerable, Whether In Palestine Or Northern Ireland

(3) Comments | Posted May 23, 2017 | 10:37 AM

In my final year of high school in the spring of 1981, headlines in North America chronicled the long decline of Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands. It was my first introduction to "The Troubles" of Northern Ireland, but I came through that period with a better understanding...

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50 Years Of Israeli Occupation Is Far Too Long

(34) Comments | Posted April 24, 2017 | 4:27 PM

israeli occupation 2017Israeli soldiers confront Palestinian protestors at Beit-el checkpoint in Ramallah, West Bank on April 24, 2017 (Getty)

In just a few weeks, the world will witness a remarkable and sobering milestone. By June 2017, Israel will have been a military occupying power in the...

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Trudeau's Simplistic Approach To Syria Needs A Dose Of Reality

(34) Comments | Posted April 17, 2017 | 9:25 AM

If only it were so easy. The leader of a war-torn Middle Eastern country commits an atrocity; the West removes him. Problem solved. At least, that's the way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to see the future in Syria.

Recently, Trudeau asserted that Syrian president Bashar al-Assad...

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NDP Needs A Leader That Stands Out To Stand Up To Trudeau

(11) Comments | Posted April 5, 2017 | 1:36 PM

Three things are clear coming out of the second NDP leadership debate in Montreal. First, there's a clear sense of where the party is headed. Second, the field of leadership candidates is extremely strong. And, finally, the candidates will need to try harder to distinguish themselves.

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How To Move Forward From The M-103 Islamophobia Debate

(44) Comments | Posted March 28, 2017 | 12:42 PM

If you're like me, Canada's debate around Islamophobia has left you drained and disillusioned. Both the Liberals and Conservatives treated this important social issue as if it were political football, seeking to gain cheap yardage with seemingly little concern for the lives involved. Muslim Canadians deserve better.

Many Canadians...

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Canada's Record Of Playing Favourites With Sanctions Can Backfire

(29) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 10:08 AM

Most Canadians have no idea, but our government currently sanctions 21 different countries around the world. Perhaps most well-known, Canada maintains sanctions against Iran because of Canadian government suspicions around Iran's nuclear weapons intents. But Canada also has a general export ban on Belarus for the...

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Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitism In A Modern Disguise

(75) Comments | Posted February 23, 2017 | 10:15 AM

The jury is in. According to a new survey, the vast majority of Canadians do not consider criticism of the government of Israel to be necessarily "anti-Semitic." This finding contradicts those who have been warning of a "new anti-Semitism" in Canada, where criticism of Israel is a veiled...

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Pro-Israel Government Policies Don't Speak For Most Canadians

(38) Comments | Posted February 17, 2017 | 12:22 PM

New survey results indicate that on the question of Israel-Palestine politics, the Trudeau government is grossly out of step with the Canadian electorate. The survey findings indicate that while Canadians were far more likely to have a negative opinion of Israeli government, most Canadians believe their...

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Political Right Must Reflect On Its Role In Quebec Mosque Attack

(75) Comments | Posted January 30, 2017 | 1:57 PM

While details are still unfolding on the Quebec City mosque attack Sunday night, there is little question that the shooters were motivated by hate for Muslims. As such, Quebec and Canadian political leaders should take a long hard look at how their statements and actions may exacerbate such...

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UN Security Council Censure Of Israel A Step Toward Justice

(20) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 9:57 AM

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the General Assembly at the United Nations on Sept. 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Friday's UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution censuring Israel will not resurrect dead Palestinians or Israelis from wars...

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Canada's Palestinian Refugee Aid Is Essential For Middle East Peace

(5) Comments | Posted November 22, 2016 | 2:39 PM

Canadians might find it disquieting to have members of Parliament cry, "Shame!" when the government announces $20 million in aid for education and health. Yet this is exactly what happened when Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the restoration of Canadian humanitarian aid for Palestinian...

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Green Party Finds Compromise Position On Boycott Of Israel

(3) Comments | Posted November 16, 2016 | 2:51 PM

The naysayers on both sides of the issue have been proven wrong. When the Green Party passed a motion in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on Israel in August, conservative voices felt Elizabeth May would be justified in stepping down as party leader. Progressive...

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In Case You Missed It, Canada Passed An Anti-Islamophobia Motion

(264) Comments | Posted November 2, 2016 | 9:58 AM

Canadians can't be blamed for missing the anti-Islamophobia motion that passed in parliament last week. If you Google it, you won't get a single hit in mainstream media: not in CBC, not in Postmedia, not in the Globe and Mail, nowhere.

In fact, when this piece is...

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Wishful Thinking Won't Solve The Israel-Palestine Conflict

(12) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 1:07 PM

The appearance of B'Tselem Director Hagai El-Ad at the UN last week caused a healthy furor. While European and other politicians supported his testimony, Israel's right-wing leaders went so far as to accuse El-Ad of treason.

Yet this tiny Israeli human rights organization did what...

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Montreal-Beirut Flight Ban Is Government Paranoia At Its Worst

(13) Comments | Posted October 12, 2016 | 12:31 PM

Over 13 years ago, the excitement was palpable. In early June, 2003, Air Canada was about to launch its inaugural non-stop flight from Montreal to Beirut. Thousands of Lebanese-Canadians had bought their tickets for the summer, delighted to avoid tiresome layovers in Europe on the way to visit friends and...

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Shaky Allegations Shouldn't Derail World Vision Operations In Gaza

(10) Comments | Posted September 28, 2016 | 10:27 AM

The media rollout on August 4th was flawless, and the news story was indeed sensational. Israel claimed that millions of dollars of World Vision aid money in Gaza had been diverted to Hamas. The supposed culprit was Mohammad El Halabi, Manager of World Vision's Gaza operations. All the major newswires...

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Will Elizabeth May Tear The Green Party Apart?

(64) Comments | Posted September 16, 2016 | 10:57 AM

Normally, political party conventions end with leaders trumpeting their satisfaction with their party's progress and accomplishments. Not so last month with Canada's federal Greens.

Barely able to wait for the doors to close on August's three-day convention, Green leader Elizabeth May publicly and harshly criticized a key outcome...

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Canada's Silence On Illegal Israeli Settlements Is Acquiescence

(39) Comments | Posted September 6, 2016 | 2:26 PM

Last week, the world was informed of yet another expansion of Israeli "settlements" by the Netanyahu government. Israel announced plans for 285 new units in the West Bank, and the retroactive approval of 178 units that were built in the 1980s. Part of an ongoing series of announcements,...

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