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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 # 764, October 2, 2015: Clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque

Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for a second straight day on September 14, prompting several arrests. As the police entered the compound, masked youths fled inside the mosque and threw stones at the force," an Israeli police statement said. Police said they entered the hilltop compound to ensure that Muslim youths massing there did not harass Jews or tourists during the morning visiting hours. The statement added that three protesters were arrested. Israeli security personnel on Sunday used tear gas and stun grenades in a move condemned by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, as they entered the compound to arrest what they called Palestinian "stone throwers"."

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 763, September 25, 2015: The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America votes in favor of boycotting Israel

One of the more prominent industrial unions in the U.S. voted to endorse the goals of the worldwide boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) movement against Israel, citing "its long history of violating the human rights of the Palestinians," thus purportedly becoming the first nationwide union to do so. The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers' national convention met in Baltimore last week and voted on a string of foreign and as well as domestic policy issues, including the call to boycott Israel and support the nuclear deal with Iran. According to a statement on the UE's website, the union voted in favor of the "Justice and Peace for the Peoples of Palestine and Israel", and cited Israel’s sordid human rights record: "starting with the ethnic cleansing of 750,000 Palestinians in 1947-48 that turned most of Palestine into the State of Israel."

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 762, September 18, 2015: Part Three: A Leading Israeli Journalist Denounces Israeli Apartheid

Bradley Burston: ‘It is time to admit it: Israel’s policies are those of apartheid.’

Apartheid, in Israeli terms

Apartheid means fundamentalist clergy spearheading the deepening of segregation, inequality, supremacism, and subjugation. Apartheid means Likud lawmaker and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter calling Sunday for separate, segregated roads and highways for Jews and Arabs in the West Bank.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 761, September 11, 2015: Part Two: A Leading Israeli Journalist Denounces Israeli Apartheid

Bradley Burston: ‘It is time to admit it: Israel’s policies are those of apartheid.’ We have what we have created. We are what we do including the thousand different wrongs we do to millions of others. Our Israel is what it has become: apartheid. There was a time when I drew a distinction between Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies and this country I have loved so long,” Burston remarks. “No more. Every single day we wake to yet another outrage.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 760, September 4, 2015: Part One: A Leading Israeli Journalist Denounces Israeli Apartheid

Bradley Burston: ‘It is time to admit it: Israel’s policies are those of apartheid.’

What I’m about to write will not come easily for me.

I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel.

I was one of those people who could be counted on to argue that, while the country’s settlement and occupation policies were anti-democratic and brutal and slow-dose suicidal, the word apartheid did not apply.

I’m not one of those people any more. Not after the last few weeks.

Speech by Bruce Katz of Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) on August 8th, 2015 in front of the Consulate of Israel in Montreal

Nous condamnons une fois de plus un autre crime brutal contre une famille palestinienne par des colons juifs fanatiques, ce qui a entraîné la mort d’un nourrisson de dix-huit mois – brûlé vif dans son domicile familial quand ces colons ont incendié la maison en plein milieu de la nuit. Ses parents et son jeune frère ont subi des brûlures importantes sur la plupart de leurs corps et restent entre la vie et la mort. Au nom de Palestiniens et Juifs unis, j’offre nos plus sincères condoléances à la famille éprouvée.

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.”

PAJU Statement on the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Montreal, May 5th, 2015

Our organization, Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) expresses its solidarity with the Armenian people and the people and organizations that commemorate the Armenian Genocide of 1915, the first genocide of the twentieth century.

From April 1915 to July 1916, two thirds of Armenians (one and a half million or more) who lived on the present territory of Turkey, were massacred by the government of the Ottoman Empire. The Armenians perished due to deportations, famine and large-scale massacres. It was planned and executed by the party in power at the time, the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP), better known as the "Young Turks." (

A BDS Victory Story: Naot closes its shoe store on St. Denis Street

Press Release

Montreal, January 2nd, 2015

In 2010, PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) announced its campaign to make Montreal’s St. Denis Street an apartheid-free zone. The campaign began by targeting Beautyfeel shoes (made in Israel) at Le Marcheur shoe store.

Although the ultimate target of the campaign was the Naot store, a transnational corporation (Disney is the major share-holder by way of Shamrock investments) with a manufacturing centre in the illegal Gush Etzion settlement block near Hebron, the choice of beginning our picket in front of Le Marcheur made it clear that PAJU was picketing an Israeli product and that there was nothing ‘anti-Semitic’ about the campaign, despite comments to the contrary by the usual circles of support for the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

Launching of the Quebec Boycott Israeli Apartheid (BDS)

Welcome to the launching of the Quebec BDS Coalition

Facilitator :

(member of the Coordinating Committee of the Quebec BDS Coalition) Speakers:

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 :

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.

Boycott Indigo

Weekly Friday Vigil - Noon to 1 PM

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

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