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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 # 793, April 22, 2016: How American Jews can respond to appointment of a settler leader as consul general to NYC

Dayan, the champion of the settler movement, is now headed straight into the epicenter of the American Jewish diaspora. Dayan is bringing a blatantly clear symbol of the occupation right here to New York City. This appointment should be a call to action to all American Jews of conscience. We must agitate through non-violent direct action and show the mainstream what’s really at stake. We must challenge him at every reception at the Federation. At every speech he gives to a synagogue. Every time he is on a panel at a BBYO convention. If, however, our community accepts Dayan’s presence silently, we will have utterly abandoned our values.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 792, April 15, 2016: Israel is a fascist State, says Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi

Interviewed Wednesday on France-Culture by Laure Adler, the famous Israeli filmmaker felt that one could not qualify Israel otherwise than, "nationalist, xenophobic and fascist" where a hard-right political faction "holds 3 million people without status or rights " because of the occupation of Palestinian territories. On the show, hors-Champs, Avi Mograbi said that "Israel is not even a democracy for Jews ", but only for "the right-wing Jews.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 791, April 8, 2016: Valls and the *CRIF, Or How to Develop Anti-Semitism while Pretending to Combat it

The CRIF dinner was the opportunity for a new festival of outrageous and terribly dangerous statements, the worst probably being the outright assimilation of anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism in the mouth of French Prime Minister Valls.

Indeed, this approach to making the Jews of France the darlings of the Republic, and criticism of Israel evidence as anti-Semitic hatred, is the surest way to develop anti-Semitism.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 790, April 1st, 2016: Shlomo Sand: How I Learned To Fall In Love With Sanctions

Just a short way from the our daily lives in Tel Aviv and Haifa, a population without human rights and without the most essential civil rights has been living for close to half-a-century.

We, the Israelis, work, study, dream and live in freedom and comfort, while not far from us people are at the mercy of soldiers and the gargantuan appetite for land of settlers supported by the government.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 789, March 25, 2016: Israel Destroys Palestinian Homes Financed by the EU

Destructions of Palestinian houses and international law The occupying power invokes phony procedures validated by Israel Supreme Court.

This Court could be appropriately called Supreme Court of colonisation.

The destruction of ten houses cost 30.000 € and even much more when the time for planning the project is taken into account.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 788, March 18, 2016: The Destruction of the Palestinian village of Jinba

Not a scene caused by a hurricane but the result of the passage of the bulldozers of Israeli army on Jinba, a peaceful, poor village. My grandfather and my father were born here, so we're not to depart but to stay while waiting to rebuild our homes ..." The Palestinian village of Jinba, found after a difficult road that stretches to the far south of the West Bank, seems to have been devastated by an earthquake. Its inhabitants are haggard and walk around their destroyed houses looking for something to rescue.

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." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armenian_Genocide)

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 : 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.

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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