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.
PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) # 669, December 6th, 2013: 4900 Palestinian prisoners in Israel, including 190 children
Palestinian Researcher specialized in detainee’s affairs, Abdul-Nasser Farawna, stated that the Israeli occupation army is still holding captive 4,900 Palestinians in 17 prisons, prison camps, detention and interrogation facilities. Among the detainees are children, disabled, elderly and legislators. The researcher, who also heads the census department of the Ministry of Detainees, said that Israel is currently holding captive 190 children, and that the total number of children kidnapped and imprisoned by Israel, since September 2000, exceeds 10,000.
PAJU Press Release
Montreal, December 6th, 2013
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) wishes to pay homage to Nelson Mandela, a proponent of the principle of human rights, the quintessential example of the nobility of the human spirit and the incarnation of the struggle of all oppressed peoples for their emancipation from the chains that bind them. ‘These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defense of justice and a common human decency,’ said Mandela upon accepting the Nobel Prize in 1993.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 668, Nov. 29, 2013: Israel is planning to move ahead with another 3,360 new settler homes in the West Bank
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israel is planning to move ahead with another 3,360 new settler homes in the West Bank, Haaretz newspaper reported on Thursday, quoting an MP from the ruling right-wing Likud party. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin "Netanyahu's government will begin advancing a series of construction plans in east Jerusalem and the West Bank to the tune of some 5,000 new housing units, in an effort to 'offset' the release of Palestinian prisoners earlier this week," the paper said. The figure includes the construction of 1,500 new homes in East Jerusalem announced after Israel freed 26 long-serving prisoners in line with its commitments to US-backed peace talks. But the report also detailed plans for another 3,360 homes which are to be pushed through various stages of the planning process.
For Palestinians, the olive tree has a special significance. Perhaps more than anything else, it symbolizes their connection with the land, rooted in centuries of Palestine’s fertile soil and tended to by generation upon generation of Palestinian farmers. The autumn, which brings with it the olive harvest, is a highly anticipated and celebrated season for Palestinian agriculture. Anyone who has ever sat at a Palestinian table for a meal knows the centrality of the crop; olives and their golden oil are omnipresent in the Palestinian kitchen. During these months, Palestinians descend on their olive groves for the annual tradition of the harvest and the collection of ripe olives. For several years, we have been keeping a database of Israeli settler violence attacks and incidents and have collected daily data from 2004 to the present day noting thousands of incidents. We keep track of the date, time, type of attack, location and so on. One undeniable trend is that Palestinians and their property are increasingly at risk of settler attacks during olive harvest season.
In Canada it is illegal to restrict the sale of property to certain ethnic or religious groups but many of our business people and politicians promote an organization that does exactly that in Israel. A 1998 United Nations Human Rights Council report found that the JNF systematically discriminates against Palestinian citizens of Israel, Jewish National Fund lands are “chartered to benefit Jews exclusively,” which has led to an “institutionalized form of discrimination.”
The meeting will be held from 10 AM to 3 PM at the CSN Building, 1601 De Lormier, Room B in the basement.
- Overview and action plan concerning the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign.
- Conference by Amir Maasoumi, who participated in the Peace Mission in Syria in 2013, on the current crisis in Syria.
An activist rendez-vous not to be missed!
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.
This coming Wednesday, June 12th, 2013, a gala for the benefit of the Jewish National Fund will be held at the Centre des sciences in Montreal's Old Port starting at 6:00 PM. The JNF is the Israeli land agency which administers those Palestinian lands expropriated by israel. The JNF benefits from recognition as a charitable organisation in Canada.Thus, all donations to the JNF are tax-deductible. As such, the government of Canada subsidizes the process of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians. Now the JNF, subsequent to the notion of judaizing the Negev as proposed by Benjamin Netanyahu, is gathering money as part of the project of driving 40, 000 Bedouin from their ancestral lands in the Negev. Mr. Elie Saheb,Executive Vice-President-Technology at Hydro-Québec is scheduled to be one of the principal speakers at the JNF Gala. As such, Hydro-Québec lends its support to the JNF and its project of ethnic cleansing aimed at the Bedouin in the Negev.
In the name of PAJU, of Independant Jewish Voices, of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP) and of Tadamon, I invite you to come in front of the Centre des Sciences in the Old Port where will b held the picket line.
Bruce Katz President of PAJU
- Date: 12 juin 2012
- Time: 17h30
- Place: Old Port just south of St.Laurent Blvd., metro Place d'armes
Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) marks the 12th anniversary of its vigil with a call for the release of Palestinian hunger-striker Samer Issawi who is near death.
Samer Issawi -- a 34-year-old Palestinian on a hunger strike -- is near death. Issawi has been on a hunger strike for over 200 days to protest his detention by Israeli authorities without charge or trial. Issawi was released in December 2011, as part of a prisoner exchange. According to Human Rights Watch, he was arrested again on July 7, 2012 on the basis of an Israeli military order and remains in prison although no charges or proof of any kind have been brought against him. Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) implores the government of Canada to bring pressure upon the government of Israel to release Samer Issawi on humanitarian grounds.
- When: February 15, noon to 1 PM
- Where: Montreal, Ste. Catherine and McGill College
In solidarity with GAZA and all Palestinians:
End the Siege! Stop the Massacres! Free Palestine! End Israeli Apartheid!
- When:Sunday November 18th
- Departure:Concordia University,Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West,Metro Guy-Concordia
On Wednesday November 14th Israel declared its latest war on Gaza “Operation Pillar of Defense” also known as “Operation Pillar of Cloud”. The operation was launched with over 65 airstrikes in a period of one day. These latest attacks have led to the deaths of 19 Palestinians, and 180 injured in three days. The air strikes continue amidst a tight and illegal siege of the gaza strip.
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