CPA 2019, Year in Review

Canada Palestine Association, since its founding over forty years ago, has always relied on its members and supporters to carry out all aspects of the Palestinian solidarity work. 2019 was a busy year for CPA activism, we are grateful to all those who supported our work concretely and made this year a success on the road to the liberation of Palestine. 
Following are highlights of our work:

Events and Campaigns:

  1. Boycott HP, Mark Int’l Day of Solidarity with Palestinians
    (December 7, 2019)
    YouTube video of the event
    Facebook video
  2. #RaptorsDontGo Campaign Declares Victory
    (October 23, 2019)
  3. Resisting Attacks on Palestinian Rights (Oct. 2, 2019)
    Video of the event
  4. I Vote Palestine #IVotePalestine campaign
    On September 19, 2019, CPA along with 20 other organizations launched #IVotePalestine campaign for the Canadian federal election and asked the main parties nine questions; only the NDP answered and we documented the Liberal party stands through their answers to the B’nai Brith.
  5. Nakba71 – The Palestinian Narrative (May 18, 2019)
    Video of highlights from the meeting.
  6. Boycott Israeli Wines Picket, Mark Nakba71 (May 18, 2019)
    Facebook event.
  7. Picket the Vancouver JNF Gala – April 14, 2019
    Facebook Event
  8. Book launch: “Culture and Resistance” by Edward Said and David Barsamian (February 23, 2019)
    Videos of the event.
    Video of CPA Chairperson’s presentation
  9. 20 Years of Vancouver Protests Demanding #StoptheJNF
    (January 15, 2019)
    Check out our new video documenting 20 years of Vancouver activists coming out to protest the Jewish National Fund and its pivotal role in dispossessing the Palestinian people.

CPA Statements:

  1. Canada Wants to Be an ‘Asset of Israel’ at the UNSC
    December 30, 2019
  2. Canada’s Vote at UN 2019
    December 28, 2019
  3. What is behind Canada’s “orphan vote” at the UN?
    By: Marion Kawas, Dec. 18, 2019
  4. Anti-Palestinian Racism is rampant in aftermath of York Student Protest!
    December 15, 2019
  5. Media Complicity in Demonizing Palestinians
    November 28, 2019
  6. Jerusalem Post admits to printing false info about York University protest
    By: Marion Kawas, November 27, 2019
  7. Tell PM Justin Trudeau: Stop slandering Palestinian students!
    November 24, 2019
  8. Canada’s Anti-Palestinian Racism Evident at the UN
    October 9, 2019
  9. Canada’s Betrayal of the Palestinian Refugees
    By Canada Palestine Association chairperson, Hanna Kawas
    September 22, 2019
  10. Canada’s Shameful Record on Palestinian Refugees
    September 20, 2019
  11. Is Cuba normalizing settler colonialism in Palestine?
    After the visit of the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) delegation to Cuba in early July, CPA was forced to release a letter sent to Cuban officials on Jan. 3, 2018 regarding our concerns about the “Expanding Cuba-Israel Relations” July 15, 2019
  12. IHRA Definition is an Assault on the Palestinian Community
    A letter to Vancouver Mayor and city Councillors by Canada Palestine Association chairperson, Hanna Kawas July 18, 2019
  13. Open Letter to Toronto Raptors
    By Coordinator, BDS Vancouver-Coast Salish Territories, Aiyanas Ormond, June 15, 2019
  14. Anti-Zionism: Cornerstone of Palestine Solidarity
    February 13, 2019
  15. Hey Justin Trudeau, Canadians Do Support BDS!
    By Marion Kawas, 27 January 2019


Interview with Hanna Kawas Dec. 24, 2019: Christmas for Palestinian Christians under occupation.
Interview with Hanna Kawas Nov 26, 2019 about Canada’s support to a UN resolution criticizing Israel.

CKUT 90.3FM Under the Olive Tree (
Interview with Hanna Kawas Dec. 19, 2019: Does Canada defend human rights at the UN?
CKUT 90.3FM Under the Olive Tree (
Interview with Hanna Kawas: How to bring Palestine-solidarity into Canadian federal elections? Oct. 10, 2019


CPA Facebook pages:
BDS Vancouver – Coast Salish Territories
Stop G4S in Canada – Boycott and Divest from G4S
Boycott Israeli Wines – Don’t Drink with Apartheid
Boycott TEVA – Apartheid is BAD Medicine

CPA Facebook groups:
Voice of Palestine صوت فلسطين
Canada Palestine Association
Air Canada: We are not On-Board with Human Rights Violations

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