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.
Citizens of the Middle East would be right to question why the status of Jerusalem should become an election issue in Canada.
Canada's Muslims face Islamophobia on a daily basis: missing out on jobs, facing obstacles to integration and enduring racist slurs.
03/27/2018 09:07 EDT
The Committee's report smothers real action on Islamophobia under generalized concerns about religious discrimination overall.
03/05/2018 12:45 EST
If the NDP doesn't challenge Canadians with a distinct or transformative vision, it will struggle to reach beyond its loyal core.
02/21/2018 16:31 EST
With the proper amendments, Canada has an opportunity to prevent the suffering of thousands of innocents, and raise the ethical bar on international arms sales.
11/17/2017 15:40 EST
He is due to give a series of concerts in Canada next month, and right on cue, pro-Israel lobby groups have mobilized to badmouth him.
09/12/2017 12:11 EDT
Whatever one may think of Hamas, the PLO or any other group, a child in an UNRWA school is unrelated to them.
09/01/2017 11:50 EDT
Canada is actually partially to blame for their predicament.
08/28/2017 17:12 EDT
It would appear that the business interests of Israeli companies are given priority over Canadian consumers' right to information on the origin of goods.
07/14/2017 17:36 EDT
Canada's failure to step up for last week's nuclear weapons ban was criticized from many corners.
07/13/2017 13:28 EDT
Canadians have good reason to question the government's "security" justification for the refusal.
07/11/2017 16:05 EDT
While many Canadians might not realize it, there is a hunger strike going on today that is just as significant as that of Bobby Sands and the other Irish Republicans in 1981. Led by Marwan Barghouti, hundreds of Palestinians in Israeli jails are five weeks into a hunger strike.
05/23/2017 10:37 EDT
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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