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.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 845, April 21, 2017: Palestine Says Popular Struggle is the Path to Liberation
by Sergio Yahni
As support for the two state solution declines, Palestinians in occupied territory identify popular resistance as the antidote to Israeli occupation and settlement expansion. A study published by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) on Tuesday provides clues as to the current overriding hopes and fears of Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza. The PSR report attests that the Palestinian public identifies the primarily challenges facing them as poverty (27%), occupation and colonization (27%) and corruption (24%).
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 844, April 14, 2017: A Unilateral Palestinian declaration of independence (UDI) ): implications for peace. Part 2
Salam Fayyad a had appended a confidential a unilateral declaration of independence for a State of Palestine after two years. Although this addendum had no formal international guarantees, privately it helped to assure an international community already suffering serious donor fatigue that their financial support had a conceptual horizon. Without such a horizon, the Fayyad Plan (PDC) could simply threaten to reproduce the failed Oslo process, in which international funds supported Palestinian institution building from 1995 until 2002, when Israel attacked and wrecked the infrastructure so laboriously built up.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 843, April 7, 2017: A Palestinian declaration of independence: implications for peace. Part 1
All observers agree that some breakthrough in the so-called "peace process" is needed. The Oslo Accords, which established the Palestinian Interim Governing Authority (PA), exhausted hopes for a final agreement after the failed Camp David summit of 2000 and the outbreak of the Second Intifada. In 2002, the Oslo framework of "stages" was effectively replaced by the simpler "Roadmap" agreement, developed by the Bush administration, which called openly for a two-state solution. The Roadmap replaced all previous frameworks and remains relevant to this day; it also comprised the basis for UN Security Council resolutions endorsing a two-state solution.
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.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 842, March 31, 2017: American Anti-Semitism Rises And The Israeli Right Remains Silent
Why is nearly every Israeli elected official silent in the face of the violent anti-Semitism sweeping across the United States?
By Amir Segal
Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, the United States has witnessed a disturbing increase of anti-Semitic incidents. This is a wave the likes of which we haven’t seen for many years, accompanied by outright racism that has been bolstered by Trump’s election, his right-wing and racist supporters, and specifically by the fact that the president had, until Monday, refused to condemn racism and anti-Semitism outright. What is especially disturbing, however, is the fact that the Israeli Right continues to remain silent in the face of rising anti-Semitism in America.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 841, March 24, 2017: Pot Decriminalization Could Be The Best Explanation Of Apartheid Yet
By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man
An Israeli and a Palestinian are hanging out somewhere in the West Bank. Maybe they’re activists or old friends, an employer and an employee, catching up over a cup of coffee outside one of their homes. One of them pulls out a joint and shares it with the other. Out of nowhere, an Israeli police officer shows up. He or she arrests the Palestinian. The Israeli walks free with a citation — a measly fine. That is the situation that will be created if a bill to decriminalize marijuana, currently making its way through Israel’s parliament, becomes law. That is the situation because there are dual legal systems in the West Bank: one set of laws and courts for Israeli nationals, one set of laws for Palestinians — in the exact same space.
PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH UNITY (PAJU) DENOUNCES THE ATTACK ON THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE IN QUEBEC CITY
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.
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.
Dear PAJU members,
On Sunday, October 23, 2016, PAJU will hold its annual general assembly.
The meeting will take place from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM at the Association des travailleurs grecs, 5359, avenue du Parc.
Président de PAJU
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.
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.”
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.”
End the occcupation !
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Every friday, silent vigil in protest against the occupation.
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