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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 # 771, November 20, 2015: FIVE BROKEN CAMERAS, A FILM BY EMAD BURNAT, IN RETROSPECT

The title refers to the five cameras that were smashed during the filming of the documentary. Up front at the barricades are Adeeb and Bassem, a dedicated pair of friends. Like the film-makerEmad himself, both are arrested, see members of their families go to jail and pay the price of passive resistance. Bassem Abo Ramha died in 2009 killed by a gas grenade. Emad, is recording some of the fiercest footage of assaults and atrocities on the West Bank ever seen, as well as the arson wreaked on Palestinian olive groves by illegal Jewish settlers. He's constantly threatened with physical injury and the destruction of his camera by the arrogant young soldiers, but is always there, arguing for his rights, though there is little he can say when told he lives in "a closed military zone" where he can't even use a camera in his own home.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 770, November 13, 2015: 79 dead since October 1rst 70 Palestinians, 9 Israelis

These angry women are shouting: And they would like us to stop calling for a boycott of Israel, this apartheid state?The situation remains tense around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, a site that the Israeli government has banned access to all members in early October. An Israeli Arab MP, Basil Ghattas, braved the ban Wednesday, October 28 and visited this place which crystallizes the tension. "I entered this morning in Al-Aqsa despite Netanyahu" he explained, pointing to the esplanade which often is given the name of one of the mosque there. That visit is a highly political gesture , given that Mr. Ghattas is not a Muslim, but a Christian: "This is not to Israel to decide who has no right to enter the plaza. Israel continues to change the status quo the unwritten rules that govern the espl(..) and to impose the rules of the occupier. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the action and reaffirmed that he would leave "no member or minister enter the Temple Mount the name given to the Temple Mount by th(..)." "I ask all members and all public figures in general to behave responsibly, especially now," he said with authority.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 769, November 6, 2015: Growing up in Israel as an Ethiopian Jew

Growing up in Israel, Shay Sium became accustomed to being called a “nigger”. Sium, 32, has lived in Israel most of his life, but says he and other Ethiopian Jews are treated differently from other Israelis: factories do not want to employ them; landlords refuse them; and certain schools turn away their children. "The word discrimination doesn’t describe what we experience. There is another word for it: racism. It is a shame that we still have to use this word today,” he told IRIN. An estimated 125,000 Ethiopian Jews live in Israel, but while they are supposed to be full citizens with equal rights, their community has continued to face widespread discrimination and socio-economic difficulties, according to its leaders.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 768, October 30, 2015: Why are Americans Ignorant of the non- violent Palestinian Resistance Movement ?

Some wonder why Palestinians have not followed a path of nonviolent resistance in the spirit of Gandhi and Martin Luther King instead. In fact, for many years, there has been a nonviolent Palestinian movement. A film about the West Bank city of Bil'in. Five Broken Cameras, was nominated for an Oscar two years ago. For years, settlers have moved into the surrounding territories and grabbed Palestinian land to build apartments. The Israeli military protects the settlers and has helped construct a wall to carve out lands for them to colonize. The Palestinians in Bil'in have chosen not to respond with rockets or rifles; instead they model their resistance on Gandhian non-violence .Activists in Bil'in were struck with rubber bullets, sound grenades and tear gas (Sept. 25 th 2015)

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 772, November 27, 2015: Justification for the academic and cultural boycott of the state of Israel

"The movement to boycott Israeli goods, or more broadly the BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) gains every day more impact in the world. Even in France, the propaganda that seeks to assimilate the movement as anti-semitism encounters less and less echo However, there is a point on which people of good faith, sincere supporters of a just peace in Palestine-Israel have reserves. This is the academic and cultural boycott . Should we isolate the camp of supporters of peace in Israel? This argument rests on the idea that there is a good and a bad Israel. On the secular side, Ashkenazi left, that animate the intellectual and artistic life of Tel Aviv. On the other, the men in black, settlers, fascist extremists, unfortunately at the controls during the reign of Netanyahou.

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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