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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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Lets get in action! Join mobile vigils

PAJU will be leafleting and holding banners regarding BDS and Palestine at the street fairs in Montreal this summer. We will also be present for the parades of the Fête National, Canada Day and the Gay pride parade. We invite you to join us and take part in this important way to talk to the general population.

NOTE THE TIMES ARE DIFFERENT ON FRIDAY & SATURDAY

_Friday June 23 – 12:00 -1300__ on Ste-Catherine St. in the Gay village corner Beaudry in front of the métro Beaudry.

Saturday June 24 Fête national parade– 12:00 -15:00 at St-Denis corner Mont-Royal. Important we need help to distribute the leaflet to those waiting to watch the parade.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 854, June 23 2017: Palestinian Girl laid to rest in her Hometown after being shot by Israeli Forces

JENIN -- Two days after Israeli forces fatally shot 16-year-old Nuf Uqab Abd al-Jabar Infiaat, the girl was laid to rest Saturday in her hometown of Yaabad, southwest of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank.

Infiaat was shot and critically injured after she stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli soldier at the entrance of an illegal Israeli settlement in the Jenin district, and succumbed to her wounds a day later.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 853, June 16 2017: Israel Tutors Its Children In Fear And Loathing

A display of Israeli-style community policing before an audience of hundreds of young schoolchildren was captured on video last week.

The video shows four officers staging a mock anti-terror operation in a park close to Tel Aviv. The team roar in on motorbikes, firing their rifles at the “terrorist”.

As he lies badly wounded, the officers empty their magazines into him from close range. In Israel it is known as “confirming the kill”.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 852, June 9 2017: A Future State ? Surrounded by walls at the four winds

A new reality is taking shape along the Gaza-Israel border.

Quietly, Israel has begun building a new barrier against cross-border tunnels.

The barrier combines an underground wall, an above-ground fence and a complex system of sensors and monitoring devices.


The work began in a few short stretches near northern Gaza and is supposed to kick into high gear in the coming months.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 851, June 2 2017:

Eyan Sivan and Armelle Laborie enumerate in their book the close links between the Israeli universities, the army and the "security" industry.

The authors show how they actually participate in the occupation, and persecution of Palestinians and perpetuate and introduce new discriminations against Israeli non-Jewish citizens .

They never protest when Palestinian universities are prevented from functioning , or when the Israeli government commits massacres in Palestine and Lebanon.


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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