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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.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 875, November 17, 2017: Remembrances in 2017 of the Balfour Declaration (1917)

Declaration made by Arthur Balfour in 1917 of British support for the setting up of a national home for the Jews in Palestine, provided that the rights of "existing non-J non- jewish communities" in Palestine could be safeguarded.

Nablus: West Bank Speaking in the West Bank, the Palestinian prime minister, Mr Hamdallah, described the Balfour declaration as a “historical injustice” against the Palestinian people.

PAJU's vigil


PAJU continues to inform Montrealers through its vigils. This Friday November 17 from 12 noon to 1 pm we will be in the Berri-UQAM metro station in front of the entrance to UQAM. Join us. Look for our banner. We will be here 3 or 4 consecutive Fridays. In the winter when it is cold we now leaflet in front of our banners in the metros where it is warm. This is a change as for many years we braved the freezing weather.

We have just finished 4 Fridays in front of the McGill Student Union building. Before that we spent 3 Fridays in front of the University of Montreal

We have calculated that in the 5 years we were on St-Denis in front of the Naot shoe store, we distributed over 80,000 leaflets. To this must be added the leaflets in front of Trudeau's office every Friday for one year and the 20,000we have distributed this year. During the summer we also have a vigil on Saturday at the street sales and parades.

Join us any Friday.

Fred Jones

Convocation to the PAJU Annual General Assembly, the 12th of November 2017

Salle de l’Association des Travailleurs Grecs

5359 avenue du Parc

9h30 à 15h30

For PAJU members, this is the opportunity to renew their membership card and for those who wish to become members of PAJU, the opportunity to acquire a membership card. The PAJU membership card is fixed at $10. Please note that in order to take out a membership card, it is required that one first accept PAJU’s Charter (attached to this email along with PAJU bylaws).


9h30: Inscription, café, biscuits, beignes

10h00 : Mot de bienvenue des co-présidents de PAJU

10h15 – 10h30 : Rapport sur les activités et actions entrepris par PAJU depuis la dernière AGA

10h30 -12h00 : Plancher ouvert aux membres et invités de PAJU, suggestions pour les activités à entamer dans les mois à venir. (Notez que PAJU est membre et de BDS-Québec et du Canadian Boycott Coalition).

12h00 – 13h30 : Un buffet froid et breuvages non alcooliques sont offert.

13h30 – 14h30 : Continuité des discussions et suggestions du matin.

14h30 : Élections des membres du Conseil Administratif de PAJU.

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the announcement of PAJU’s AGA was not done 60 days prior to the Annual General Assembly.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 874, November 10, 2017: On My Sixth Visit, I’ve Never Seen Gaza So Devastated

I’ve visited the Gaza Strip for each of the past six years, including in 2014 a few months after Israel’s devastating military assault. And yet, I’ve never seen Gaza like I did when I had the privilege of visiting this summer.

I call it a privilege because, due to the blockade of Gaza imposed by Israel (with the support of Egypt), which is part of Israel’s now 50-year-old military rule over Palestinians in the occupied territories, internationals allowed in and out of Gaza are few, and Palestinians even fewer.

This illegal land, air, and sea blockade, which has just entered its tenth year and amounts to collective punishment, as has been noted by the UN and human rights groups, has decimated the economy of Gaza and allowed for the near complete destruction of critical infrastructure. Experts use the term “de-development” to describe this once-bustling Mediterranean coastal enclave of two million Palestinians.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 873, November 3, 2017: Israel destroys Bedouin village for the 119th time

Israeli forces have destroyed a village in the country's southern Negev region for the 119th time. Residents of al-Araqib village said that armed forces and riot police stormed into the village with bulldozers at 7:15am on Tuesday, razing its remaining buildings to the ground.

"They stormed in and destroyed everything, every single building, every single home," village leader Siyah al-Touri told Al Jazeera. The village, home to around 220 people, was first demolished on July 27, 2010. Since then, displaced residents have sought help from local activists to rebuild. "We're now living in makeshift homes, thanks to the state's racist and criminal policies," al-Touri said.

PAJU's vigil

The Friday vigil will take place once again in front of the McGill Student Union, McTavish street, from noon to 1 PM.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 872, October 27, 2017: UNESCO and the American- Israeli pressure ?

Will the new Director of the United Nations be able to withstand the American-Israeli pressure? Elected against the Qatari candidate, Audrey Azoulay, accesses the Directorate-General of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in a particularly difficult context. On Thursday, on the eve of her election, the United States had indeed announced their withdrawal from the organization, immediately followed by Israel. According to well-informed sources, the American decision is mostly akin to blackmailing the director. The United States has put forward both financial and political reasons.

Mobil vigil on the 22 and 23 september 2017

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

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.

NAKBA 2017



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...’ ( )

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.

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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