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Thomas Woodley

President of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME)

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.
50 Years Of Israeli Occupation Is Far Too

50 Years Of Israeli Occupation Is Far Too Long

Unless something galvanizes Trudeau, Trump and other Western leaders to action, we may soon observe another sad anniversary of Israel's ongoing military occupation. If so, Israelis, and especially Palestinian civilians, will continue to pay a heavy price for our indifference.
04/24/2017 04:27 EDT
Trudeau's Simplistic Approach To Syria Needs A Dose Of

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

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. The only problem is that Trudeau has forgotten the many other players who have a stake in what happens in Syria.
04/17/2017 09:25 EDT
NDP Needs A Leader That Stands Out To Stand Up To

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

The sooner NDP leadership candidates stand out, the faster they become a household name or a familiar face. For the good of the race and the growth of the party base, candidates need to move into competitive mode - and even "entertainment mode" - ASAP.
04/05/2017 01:36 EDT
How To Move Forward From The M-103 Islamophobia

How To Move Forward From The M-103 Islamophobia Debate

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.
03/28/2017 12:42 EDT
Canada's Record Of Playing Favourites With Sanctions Can

Canada's Record Of Playing Favourites With Sanctions Can Backfire

Let's face it: Canada's use of sanctions seems to be highly tainted by politics. Canada is no neutral administration, treating all misbehaving states equally. Instead, Canada is like a fickle schoolyard bully, harassing the kid who's smaller or different, and leaving his "friends" in peace.
03/07/2017 11:08 EST
Criticizing Israel Isn't Anti-Semitism In A Modern

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

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 form of this despicable historic ideology.
02/23/2017 11:15 EST
Pro-Israel Government Policies Don't Speak For Most

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

A representative democracy is based on the principle that elected officials will advance the positions of their electors. When it comes to Israel and the Middle East, both Harper and Trudeau seem to have grievously violated this principle.
02/17/2017 01:22 EST
Political Right Must Reflect On Its Role In Quebec Mosque

Political Right Must Reflect On Its Role In Quebec Mosque Attack

We may never know what drove the attackers to murder six people praying in their Quebec City mosque this past weekend. However, we can be certain that fear-mongering language from our politicians can only be dangerous and counter-productive to a healthy and unified Canadian society.
01/30/2017 02:57 EST