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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 # 862, August 18, 2017: Israel’s newest tourist attraction: family fantasy camps teach how to kill (coming soon to the US)

by Kathryn Shihadah

“Come visit Israel, where you can stop by the Western Wall, tour the Holocaust Museum, view the Dead Sea Scrolls, and shoot live bullets at cardboard cutouts of Palestinian terrorists!” Israel is becoming a destination for a whole new experience: it’s called military tourism, and there are half a dozen companies that run these popular fantasy camps—some on settlements in the occupied West Bank, others in Israel. They are also running these camps in the U.S (See video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MJVz1fdEAo&feature=youtu.be)

Mobil vigil

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 861, August 11, 2017: Fundamentalists in Israel are shunning open-minded Jews from the rest of the world

by Gil Steinlauf

When I discovered this past week that I was one of the 160 rabbis officially not to be trusted by the Israeli Orthodox rabbinate, I had an uncanny flashback to an earlier sensation. I was 19, and I had allowed myself to be “kidnapped” at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. It was a well-known thing to do at the time: If you were an American kid exploring your Judaism and you wanted to get an invite to an ultra-Orthodox home for a Sabbath meal, you simply hung around the Western Wall on a Saturday afternoon until an Orthodox man well-known for his outreach approached and asked if you wanted to join a family for lunch. Like so many young American Jews who grew up in largely secular homes, I was in Israel to delve into my Jewish identity.

Mobil vigil

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 860, August 4, 2017:

Outgoing IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Yair Golan defended a controversial speech he gave last year in which he compared trends in Israeli society to those of pre-World War II Germany, in a Hebrew-language interview with the military’s website. The major general’s speech, delivered at the national Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony in 2016, sparked a flurry of denouncements, as well as statements of support, from Israeli politicians and public figures.


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 and from 1 PM to 3 PM on Saturday.

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!

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 859, July 28 2017: Thousands in Jerusalem Protest the Abduction of Yemenite Babies Following Disclosure Some Were Experimented On

Over 2,000 Israeli Yemenite Jews and supporting activists gathered in Jerusalem last Wednesday to mark an annual day of awareness for what families say was a state-sponsored program to abduct Yemenite Jewish infants and other Israeli children born to parents who were recent immigrants from Arab countries. Known as the Yemenite Children Affair, in the first decade after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, there was a systematic kidnapping of newborn Yemenite children, carried out by Israeli hospitals and government institutions.


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.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 858, July 21 2017: Can young Jews in US turn tide against Israel?

Can young Jews in US turn tide against Israel? Traditionally, Israel has nurtured bonds to overseas Jews. Over the past 20 years the Birthright program has brought half a million young American Jews on free summer trips to Israel for an intensive course of indoctrination. The students are supposed to leave fervent ambassadors for Israel – or better still, devotees who will immigrate to help in a demographic war against the Palestinians.


Mobile vigil


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 857, July 14 2017: Celebrations in Gaza : the end of the Ramadan

GAZA (Ma‘an) 23 June — Thousands of Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip participated in a march held for “al-Quds day,” or Jerusalem day, celebrated on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan to oppose Zionism and the state of Israel. The annual event was first created by the Islamic Republic of Iran in 1979 to express support for the Palestinian struggle and its opposition to Zionism, and has since been commemorated by the Palestinian people. Participants in Gaza City held Palestinian flags, the flags of their respective political factions, and signs calling for the protection of Jerusalem, amid Israel’s continued escalations in the territory aiming to solidify its Judaization and annexation of occupied East Jerusalem, a move never recognized by the international community.


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"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 856, July 7 2017: Israel Secretly Aiding Takfiri Terrorists : Wall Street Journal

Israel has been providing Takfiri terrorists in Syria’s Golan Heights with a steady flow of funds and medical supplies as part of Tel Aviv’s involvement in the bloody conflict, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The paper, citing half a dozen militant commanders and three persons familiar with Israel’s thinking, said Israel's “secret engagement” in the war aims to install a buffer zone on the Syrian border with elements friendly to Tel Aviv.

The report quoted prominent Israeli journalist and analyst Ehud Ya’ari as saying that Israel’s operation in the occupied Golan Heights started under former minister of military affairs Moshe Ya’alon.

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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