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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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"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.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 713, October 10, 2014: To Joe Klein : Bear witness as a responsible journalist Part 2

Sally Campbell traveling in Israel-Palestine in June, 2014, wrote these comments on Joe Klein Piece in Time Magazine Sir, you have not completely abandoned your responsibility to check your facts?

« Hamas lauded its kidnappers ». We now know from Mickey Rosenfeld, Israeli Police Spokesman’s statements to BBC reporter John Donnison, that Hamas is not responsible for the attack on the 3 settler youth. Why would Hamas want to inflame the situation right after forming a unity government? Mr. Klein, read the Terms of Agreement.

« Israel’s actions have been more prudent across the board ». More prudent than what? Than a genocide? Have you seen the photos of Gaza? Have you read the statistics of the dead, wounded and displaced? The “anti-Israel riots” Why are protests and demonstrations called riots when they are against unjust Israeli state policies?

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 712, October 3, 2014: To Joe Klein : Bear witness as a responsible journalist, Part 1

Sally Campbell traveling in Israel-Palestine in June, 2014, with a delegation from Interfaith Peace-builders met with Israeli and Palestinian peace activists ,wrote these comments on Joe Klein Piece in Time Magazine

She has researched Israel-Palestine and sees the US-Israel relationship as a major source of Middle East conflict.

Her family has subscribed to Time magazine for generations.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 711, September 26, 2014: Netanyahu orders the biggest land-grab in a generation

On August 31st Israel’s government made its largest appropriation of occupied West Bank land in a generation. It took some 1,000 acres of virgin hills for a proposed new city, Givaot, doubling the population of the Gush Etzion block of settlements sprawling on the hills around Bethlehem. But it was not enough for the area’s Israeli mayor, Davidi Perl. Frustrated by what he perceives as the government’s grovelling to westerners, on everything from the recently halted war in Gaza to the conduct of peace talks with Palestinians, he says he will change party—defecting from Likud, led by the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, to Jewish Home, a party of religious radicals headed by Naftali Bennett.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 710, September 19, 2014: Israel increases the Settlement Division budget by 600 percent in 2014

The Israeli government has increased the Settlement Division budget by 600 percent since the beginning of 2014, an unprecedented rise, reported Israel's business newspaper Calcalist on Thursday. According to the newspaper's website, the Settlement Division received 58 million shekels during the month of January. This March, 177 million shekels was given to the Division from the Israeli government and in the month of June it received a further 169 million shekels. In total it is believed that the Division has received nearly 404 million shekels so far this year.


GAZA-QUÉBEC: SOLIDARITY!

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:

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 urgencegaza2014@gmail.com

Make some noise for Palestine


PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) denounces Israel's onslaught against the Civilian population of Gaza

PRESS RELEASE

Montreal, July 11th, 2014

Palestinian and Jewish Unity denounces in the strongest possible terms Israel’s latest onslaught against the Palestinian population of Gaza and demands that the United Nations work to achieve an immediate ceasefire to prevent further bloodshed . The response from Israel subsequent to the deaths of three Israeli adolescents has been completely disproportionate to the situation and smacks of a preconceived military assault using the deaths of the three adolescents as a justification for launching, once again, a brutal campaign of collective punishment against Gaza’s civilian population which has been subjected to an illegal blockade since 2007.

PAJU 13th Vigil's Anniversary


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 : 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.

St-Denis street, Apartheid free zone

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!

The "Boycottisraelinternational" site is presently under reconstruction


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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