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 # 718, November 15, 2014: Parental Exposure to Military Attacks and infant deficiency at birth
A study was undertaken in Gaza, Palestine, in a cohort of babies born in 2011. Hair samples of newborns were analyzed for metal load by DRC-ICP-MS. We report specific level of contamination by teratogen/toxicants metals of newborn babies, environmentally unexposed, according to their phenotypes at birth: normal full term babies, birth defects or developmentally premature. Number of newborns with birth defects and hair load of contaminants higher than the median levels of controls versus the nature of poisons Bar 1 Mercury ,Selenium, Tin (15) Bars 2-6 Mercury ,Selenium (5) These poisons come from the explosion of bombs .Data from Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza, Palestine Scientists from Genoa, Napoli et Gaza ( P.Manduca, S. Signoriello, A.Naim).
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 717, November 7, 2014: Israel's 51-days attacks against Gaza damaged sporting activities
During the 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, 32 sportsmen lost their lives and numerous sports facilities were damaged. An Egypt-brokered cease-fire came into effect on August 26, only after 2145 Palestinians were killed -- the vast majority of them civilians -- and with over 10,000 injured. Among those killed were two 19-year-old football players at the start of their career -- Ahmad Muhammad al-Qatar and Uday Caber. The death of two young players not only broke their families' hearts, but also dented the enthusiasm of those who work for the country's future in football too.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 716, October 31, 2014: Unit 8200 refuseniks shed light on ethics of Israel's intel gathering (Part 2)
Forty-three former members of Israel Defense Forces intelligence Unit 8200, including some officers, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top military officials, saying they would refuse to do reserve service because of Israel's `political persecution' of the Palestinians. A question of conscience : Daniel, a captain in the reserves who lives in Jerusalem and signed the letter, said that the process of getting signatures for the letter, started with a small group of people who knew each other from the unit. It took about a year, we felt a sense of responsibility and urgency, so we wrote the letter. Daniel told Haaretz I don’t feel comfortable in my conscience continuing to serve, and instead of dealing with the dilemmas and the ramifications, I chose to take a more evasive route for the past three years,” Now, later on, we feel that evasion is wrong, and that we have to take responsibility for what we see as the perpetuation of the cycle of violence. The signatories say, their consciences do not allow them to continue serving that system and depriving millions of human beings of their rights.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 715, October 24, 2014: Unit 8200 refuseniks shed light on ethics of Israel's intel gathering (Part 1)
For the first time, a distinction has been drawn between intel gathering against Israel's enemies, and spying on ordinary Palestinian citizens. By not exiling like Snowden, the signatories were willing to pay the price of their actions.
Forty-three former members of Israel Defense Forces intelligence Unit 8200, including some officers, wrote an open letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top military officials, saying they would refuse to do reserve service because of Israel's `political persecution' of the Palestinians.
"We, veterans of Unit 8200, reserve soldiers both past and present, declare that we refuse to take part in actions against Palestinians and refuse to continue serving as tools in deepening the military control over the Occupied Territories." the soldiers said in the letter, which was also addressed to IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz and Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, the head of the Military Intelligence Directorate.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 714, October 17, 2014: An Israeli cargo ship blocked from docking at Oakland
An Israeli ship was blocked from access to the Port of Oakland (California) on Sunday, May 21st, 2014. A group of 500 pro-Palestinian activists spent the day preventing the Israeli ship from mooring. By this gesture, they intend to force the Israeli government to end the blockade against the Gaza Strip. The relevance of such an action is certain: that same Sunday, Israel decided to the ease the blockade of Gaza.According to estimates by the police, 500 demonstrators gathered early in the morning at the Port of Oakland, hoping to prevent an Israeli cargo ship from docking.
MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION BY QUEBEC CIVIL SOCIETY
AUGUST 10, 2014, at noon
Starting point: Place Émilie-Gamelin
Invoking outrageously its “right to defend itself”, Israel is once again laying waste to Gaza... With an illegal and immoral blockade already condemning the population of Gaza to slow death, with entire neighbourhoods now bombed into ruins, with mosques, schools and other shelters targeted for direct attacks, the casualties number in the thousands ... As the carnage continues, the Harper government continues its unconditional support for Israeli aggression and blames all the horror and destruction on the Palestinians themselves.
Meanwhile, there is a shameful failure on the part of all the federal opposition parties to meet their minimum responsibility of demanding that Israel abide by international law...
Faced with all these crimes committed in broad daylight with the unspeakable overt or tacit support of Canadian politicians, we call on the people of Québec to make their voices heard loud:
- AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL FORMS OF ISRAELI AGGRESSION
- AN END TO THE BLOCKAGE OF GAZA
- AN END TO ISRAELI OCCUPATION AND COLONIZATION OF PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
- A REAL SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT, BASED ON JUSTICE AND RESPECT FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW
- A RADICAL CHANGE IN THE SHAMEFUL POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND CANADIAN POLITICIANS IN GENERAL
Call issued by a broad coalition of labour, grassroots, community, advocacy, women’s, and student organizations, solidarity groups, groups of artists, intellectuals, etc. and citizens:
Ligue des droits et libertés, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN), Conseil régional de la FTQ-Montréal métropolitain, Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain (CCMM–CSN), Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ), Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) Tadamon! Montreal, Gaza’s Ark, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP), Collectif Échec à la guerre, Entraide missionnaire, Canadian Muslim Forum, Alternatives, Collectif québécois contre l'islamophobie, Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) ,(FRAPRU) Le Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain, (CTTI) Centre Des Travailleurs et Travailleuses des Immigrants
Other endorsements are expected shortly. If you belong to an organization, we invite you to present them with this callout and obtain their official endorsement ... to be sent to email@example.com
Welcome to the launching of the Quebec BDS Coalition
- Sabine Friesinger
(member of the Coordinating Committee of the Quebec BDS Coalition) Speakers:
- Myriam Faraj (Activist),
- Bruce Katz (president of Palestinian and Jewish Unity),
- Laith Marouf (Palestinian
activist and former Executive Director of CUTV)
Saturday, June 15, 2013 • 12h30
At l’Usine C 1345 Av. Lalonde
At Festival des solidarités
For complete program : www.alternatives.ca
As resolutions in favour of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel’s apartheid policies multiply among Quebec organisations, the Quebec BDS Coalition is being formed and you are cordially invited to attend its launching.
Come broach the subject with members of the Coalition to hear about their onthe- ground experiences and to talk about strategies which need to be undertaken in order to carry forward this historic campaign with international roots for peace and justice in Palestine.
PAJU on St-Denis
The boycott vigil continues in front of the Naot shoe store (shoes made in the Occupied Territories). Come join those who demonstrate against the Occupation and Israeli apartheid.
The lieu: 3941 St-Denis (east side of St-Denis just south of Duluth) from 1:15 to 3 PM. Long live a free Palestine!
End the occcupation !
Join PAJU and support the heroic resistance of the Palestinian People. Become part of the longest-running protest vigil in Canadian history, every Friday
in front of in front of Indigo Books on the north-west corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College
Every friday, silent vigil in protest against the occupation.
Time: Noon - 1 pm
Place: corner of Ste-Catherine St. and Mcgill College