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The Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) is a human rights organization that explicitly recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to national existence and to live in security. We condemn all violations of human rights. PAJU was co-founded in Montreal by Bruce Katz, a Jewish Canadian and Rezeq Faraj, a Palestinian Canadian who have been friends for more than 25 years. Our group is comprised of Jews, Palestinians and other Canadians of good conscience who work together to promote peace in the Middle East and to educate the public on the Palestinian question.

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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 870, October 13, 2017: Israeli Army Injures Fifteen Palestinians, Abducts Two, Including A Journalist, Near Tubas

Israeli soldiers attacked, on Wednesday, September 27, a peaceful nonviolent demonstration. Protesters were carrying Palestinian flags, and chanting against the ongoing Israeli occupation, and escalating violations. Fifteen Palestiniens were injured. Two persons were also abducted, ‘Ala Badarna, a cameraman working for a German news agency, and Husam Abdul-Razeq.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 869, October 6, 2017: Israeli Culture Minister Attacks Oscar-Nominated Film

An Israeli film nominated for an Oscar aroused the indignation of Israel’s Minister of Culture, Miri Regev for whom this work amounts to a charge of "ritual murder" against Israeli soldiers. Foxtrot, which won this year's Silver Jubilee Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival, tells a story of mourning related to two generations of individuals traumatized by military service and deals in particular with the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories .

This film directed by Samuel Maoz won the Israeli Academy of Films Award, which has resulted in it being selected by the Academy Awards in the category of Best Foreign Film. This choice was denounced by Miri Regev, who has tumultuous relations with the artistic milieu of her country. She was not invited to the award ceremony.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 868, September 29, 2017: As Jews celebrate the new year , the IDF puts Palestinians on lockdown

Not the vision of the wolf and the lamb, not the peace of a cease-fire, but rather as in the heart when the excitement is over and you can talk only about a great weariness. ..A little rest for the wounds who speaks of healing? And the howl of the orphans is passed from one generation to the next, as in a relay race.

Yehuda Amicha

By the time I write this, Israel will have already placed a full military closure on the Palestinian territories ahead of Yom Kippur. East Jerusalem will be completely shuttered. Millions of people will be imprisoned in their homes so we Jews can speak with God.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 867, September 22, 2017: As Violence Intensifies, Israel Continues to Arm Myanmar’s Military Junta

The violence directed at Myanmar’s Rohingya minority by the country’s regime has intensified. United Nations data show that about 60,000 members of the minority group have recently fled Myanmar’s Rahine state, driven out by the increasing violence and the burning of their villages, information that has been confirmed by satellite images. But none of this has led to a change in the policy of the Israeli Defense Ministry, which is refusing to halt weapons sales to the regime in Myanmar, the southeast Asian country formerly known as Burma. On Thursday, the bodies of 26 refugees, including 12 children, were removed from the Naf River, which runs along the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Of the refugees who managed to reach Bangladesh, many had been shot. There were also reports of rapes, shootings and fatal beatings directed at the Rohingya minority, which is denied human rights in Myanmar. The country’s army has been in the middle of a military campaign since October that intensified following the recent killing of 12 Myanmar soldiers by Muslim rebels.

Mobil vigil on the 22 and 23 september 2017

at Montreal University, 2300 rue Jean-Brillant (east of Decelles Street)

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 866, September 15, 2017: Israeli Forces Demolish West Bank School Hours Before Children’s First Day

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Israeli military jeeps came barreling down towards Jubbet al-Dhib’s first and only primary school late Tuesday night, terrifying locals who had been finishing preparations for the school’s grand opening set for the next morning. Soldiers shot tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets as they cleared the way for bulldozers and flatbed trucks brought in to take the school. The school, located between four Palestinian villages on the outskirts of Bethlehem, was built with caravans on a concrete foundation by local authorities and international NGOs partnered with the European Union, hoping to mitigate the myriad of challenges facing students in the area.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 865, September 8, 2017: Zionism is apartheid, and worse

by Jonathan Ofir

Sometimes confronting the naked truth is shocking, yet sobering. Israeli historian Benny Morris was alas right, when he concluded that “Transfer was inevitable and inbuilt in Zionism – because it sought to transform a land which was ‘Arab’ into a Jewish state and a Jewish state could not have arisen without a major displacement of Arab population”.

I believe every Zionist knows this, even if they have not meticulously scrutinized the history of Zionism as Morris and many others had done. They know it because their logic tells them that they should not reverse the results of this ethnic cleansing (which occurred in various waves, mainly 1948, 1967, in between, thereafter and currently), because it would endanger the ‘Jewish and democratic’ state that is a ‘must’ for them.

Everything that results from this logic is an extension of it. How to deal with the dispossessed, how to close them in, how to deal with their ‘aggression and violence’.

Mobil vigil


Mobil vigil

Mobil vigil

Mobil vigil

The PAJU vigils for this Friday and Saturday will take place at the entry point of the

Place des Festivales,corner of Ste-Catherine and Bleury:

from noon to 1 PM on Friday, July 21 and from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday, July 22.

Since the end of May up to the present, the PAJU team has distributed 9, 000 flyers denouncing Israeli apartheid and in support of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) at various street festivals in Montreal!

Israel Is To Blame For The Violence At The Al Aqsa Mosque

Press release

Montreal, July 25th, 2017

The second Palestinian Intifada followed Ariel Sharon’s provocative visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque. Once again, the Netanyahu government’s policy of placating extreme-right wing Jewish zealots seeking to rebuild the original temple- Solomon’s Temple – forms the undercurrent to the recent violence. It precludes the possibility of a Third Intifada. The entire area of Al Aqsa – the Mosque itself and the Dome of the Rock – is an integral part of the Al Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest site. Israel’s security measures – especially its use of metal detectors in what is part of the sacred area of Al Aqsa - has fuelled Muslim fears that these security measures are nothing more than a pretext meant to provide Israel with the means of dividing Al Aqsa between Muslims and Jews as a first step to taking over the area entirely with an eye to rebuilding the first Jewish Temple.

PAJU SUPPORTS THE BLOC QUÉBÉCOIS MOTION

Press release

Montreal May 30, 2017 - PAJU supports the Bloc Québécois motion calling for the recognition by the Canadian Parliament of Palestine as an independent state in accordance with international law and official Canadian foreign policy. The Bloc motion is a statement of unequivocal support for the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the integrity of international law. It should be noted that 136 Member States of the United Nations out of 193 Member States recognize the Palestinian state. The Canadian government is now in a minority position in the UN, still voting against any and all resolutions favoring the legitimate claims of the Palestinians in relation to their historical rights and their right to self-determination.

NAKBA 2017


Statement on Israel’s Targeting of Omar Barghouti

Montreal, March 29th, 2017

On the morning of Sunday, March 19th, 2017, Israeli tax officials barged into the home of Omar Barghouti – co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for the liberation of the besieged Palestinian people, suffocating under the yoke of Israel’s racist apartheid system- and detained and questioned Omar and his wife Sara for 16 hours on that first day. Several more days of interrogation followed.

PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH UNITY (PAJU) DENOUNCES THE ATTACK ON THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE IN QUEBEC CITY

PRESS RELEASE

Montreal, January 31st, 2017

Palestinian and Jewish unity (PAJU) denounces the culture of islamophobia, prevalent among some elected officials and media, the result of which has been the demonization of Muslims in Quebec and Canada. This islamophobic "culture", which belongs to the identity project of the racist political right – and which divides society into two camps: We and the Others - has poisoned our society for some years now. Let us note the false debate surrounding the (Drainville) Charter of Values, ​​whose real objective was to divide the population by targeting mainly Muslims for electoral purposes.

A Defender of Truth, Justice and Democracy

We now know that the SPVM has been tracking journalists who have been ‘unruly,’ putting their noses where officialdom doesn’t want them to go. Of course, that’s what journalists are supposed to do in their role as the Third Estate, but that’s beside the point. The Washington Post has published an article showing that Israel’s ruling Likud government ‘used Facebook to track the activities and posts of certain journalists it perceives as antigovernment...’ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/06/israels-ruling-party-used-facebook-to-track-anti-government-journalists )

Sound familiar? It should. It’s been happening around the globe; the Erdogan government in Turkey is a perfect example. The tracking of journalists constitutes an assault on the democratic process as is the case with the SPVM (and CSIS) spying on journalists trying to do their jobs.

The City of Montreal must cancel its Economic Mission to Israel

Press Release

Montreal, September 26th, 2016

The Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre and Toronto Mayor John Tory will visit Israel - and, symbolically, the West Bank - as part of an economic mission from November 13th to November 18th, 2016. In so doing, the mayors of Montreal and Toronto, and those individuals and groups who will accompany them, including the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Centre Montreal make themselves complicit with the institutionalized system of segregation which victimizes Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as the Bedouin of the Negev region.

Why A Military Embargo Against Israel Is Necessary

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM MONTREAL

Workshop :Military Embargo Against Israel

Université du Québec à Montréal

August 12th, 2016

Presentation by Bruce Katz, Co-President, Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)

In an article published in the Electronic Intifada in 2006, Ilan Pappe refers to Israeli policy on the Gaza Strip as ‘incremental genocide’ which simply refers to the series of calculated and murderous attacks on Gaza every few years as a plan for a slow but steady genocide aimed at eliminating as much of the Palestinian population of Gaza as possible over a period of time. The idea is, and in effect always has been, for Israel to maintain its control over the Palestinian territories it has illegally expropriated by eliminating as much of the Palestinian population as possible through ethnic cleansing, economic strangulation and settler terrorism in the West Bank, aided and abetted by the Israeli army, and massive destruction and indiscriminate killing in Gaza resulting from the disproportionate use of superior military technology against a civilian population, the latter portrayed, by way of Israel’s well-conceived Hasbara or propaganda program, as terrorists. Israel, despite its disproportionate use of military force, presents itself as the victim. As Ilan Pappe points out, “Downsizing the number of Palestinians all over historic Palestine is still the Zionist vision. In Gaza, its implementation takes its most inhuman form.”

Boycott Hummus Sabra


Boycott products at Adonis

MARCHÉ ADONIS 2173, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC, CA.

Dear Mr. Naaman Aboud,

Le 18 juin 2015

It has come to our attention, as well as to some other members of our organisation who shop at Adonis, that you currently stock Sabra hmmus, a product of the the Israeli company named the Strauss Group which has “adopted” an elite IDF unit. The company’s website has boasted of providing the Golani Brigade “with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path.”

The Strauss Group has also said it gives funds to the IDF unit for “welfare, cultural and educational activities, such as pocket money for underprivileged soldiers, sports and recreational equipment, care packages, and books and games for the soldiers’ club.”

Boycott Indigo


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