The social justice missioned KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives has received $2.9-million from CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) during the past two years.
KAIROS, which has 25 years of experience in supporting human rights and peace building in the Middle East, states on its literature that "Until a Palestinian state is realized, Israel is an occupying power in the Palestinian Territories and must respect international law as specified in the Fourth Geneva Convention."
KAIROS public forums on Israel divestment are being hosted over a two-day period in Toronto-based United Churches.
Representatives expected to attend tonight’s free forum at Bloor Street United Church include the Canadian Arab Federation, Zatoun: Fair Trade Olive Oil from Palestine. Palestine House Educational & Cultural Centre, World Affairs Committee of Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada and the Muslim Canadian Congress. among others.
KAIROS and friends are calling on companies and corporations to divest from Israel. According to an Internet declaration, KAIROS considers that "earning money through investment in companies whose products and services are used in such a way as to violate international law and human rights is equivalent to profiting from unlawful acts and from the oppression of others."
To KAIROS, "investment in such companies can be seen as condoning the harm of innocent civilians under occupation and the illegal Israeli settlement policies that lead to human rights violations."
"Investment in such companies enables the government of Israel to sustain the ongoing violation of human rights of innocent civilians and "continuing such investments, once the facts are brought to our attention, constitutes deliberate condoning of the evil practices," claims KAIROS.