Is CIJA a Zionist organization?
Yes. CIJA is Zionist organization that believes strongly that the Jewish people have the right to self-determination in their ancestral homeland. CIJA believes that Israel is a vibrant democracy that must manage its own internal affairs. While Israel-Diaspora relations are important, we do not presume to know what is best for Israeli citizens and therefore we rarely comment on the domestic political situation in Israel. Rather, CIJA educates Canadians about the important role that the people and land of Israel play in Jewish life and identity with the objectives of deepening Canadians’ understanding about the Jewish community and, to the benefit of Canadians and Israelis alike, strengthening ties between Canada and Israel.