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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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14th Anniversary of the PAJU Vigil February 20th 2015

Join us on February 20th 2015 in front of the Indigo bookstore on Ste. Catherine Street, corner McGill College Avenue from noon to one PM!

Fourteen years ago in the month of February, Palestinian and Jewish Unity and the Jewish Alliance Against the Occupation organized the first Friday vigil in front of the Israeli Consulate on the corner of Peel and René Lévesque streets in Montreal. The vigil, which has been held every Friday from noon to one PM. since then, took its inspiration from the vigil held in Israel by Women in Black.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 731, February 13, 2015: Calling on France’s Jews to move to Israel

By calling on France’s Jews to move to Israel, Netanyahu is promoting a worldview in which there is no national conflict, no occupation and no Palestinian people. There are only Jews and radical Muslims. Strange. The leader of a country that is constantly in a state of war, and that every few years actually goes to war, is imploring France’s Jews to leave their country in the wake of two terrorist attacks (one of which was not directed at a Jewish target), and move to Israel. No one doubts that French Jewish immigrants will be in much greater danger living in Israel. Perhaps our foreign minister would do well to update Netanyahu on the travel warnings issued fairly often for our country?

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 730, February 6, 2015: Security Council's election message to Israelis: Keep ignoring the occupation

Israel and Washington blocked a UN Security Council resolution calling for the implementation of a negotiated two-state solution within a year. Abbas’s diplomatic efforts have hit a brick wall. Israel : Right now, the cost of change on the Palestinian front is enormous — incentives for it on the Israeli side are almost nonexistent. There is nothing more distant and abstract for the Israeli voter than the Palestinian issue. You hardly hear anything about it in these elections Things will remain this way after the Security Council vote.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 729, January 30, 2015: State Terrorism Against Palestinian Children

A human rights attorney, Smadar Ben-Natan, spends the day at a conference, one of the occupation’s more bizarre Public Relation events at the Hersliva Center. “Involvement of Children in Terrorism.” That was the rather confusing name given to a conference organized by the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC). The cleverness of the conference’s title lies in the intersection between the problematic prosecution of minors in military and civilian courts alike — for offenses relating to the Palestinian struggle against the occupation — and the international discourse relating to child soldiers. The latter concerns the participation of children in any kind of hostilities, not only in terrorism, or in protest or resistance to oppression and occupation. What is the context for discussing the involvement of children in terrorism? The confusion only grew in light of the fact that the conference marked the fifth anniversary of the establishment of the Israeli Juvenile Military Court in the West Bank.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 728, January 23, 2015: 3755 Palestinian Children Kidnapped in Past Four Years

Head of the Census Department of the Palestinian Commission of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs, Abdul-Nasser Ferwana, stated that the Israeli army continues to attack and abduct Palestinian children in violation of international law, kidnapping 3755 children in the last four years, including 1266 in 2014.

Ferwana, also a researcher and a former political prisoner, said the kidnapping and imprisonment of children should push the international community and different human rights groups to act and protect them, as the escalating violations are jeopardizing their future, especially since they are subject to torture and abuse in Israeli prisons.


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.

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.

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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