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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 # 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.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 727 January 16, 2015: What the Russell Tribunal taught me about Palestine

The Russell Tribunal met on the 24th and 25th of September in an extraordinary session to deliberate on the question of whether the onslaught against an unarmed and helpless population in Gaza constitutes genocide. The Tribunal has examined evidence of incitement to genocide in the light of declarations by a number of eminent members of the Israeli political, military, religious and university establishment and the events of the assault itself: the extrajudicial executions, the targeting of water, sanitation, and electrical facilities, industrial zones, UN schools, using children as human shields, families killed after having been lured from their homes, and, according to the testimony of doctors, ambulance and healthcare workers, there was a deliberate policy of preventing medical assistance of any kind.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 726, January 9, 2015: Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education

Not one book examined in my study of 20 textbooks contains a description or image of Palestinians, from either the territories or Israel proper, as modern or urban, or as employed in manufacturing or in a prestigious profession. Geographic silences in the book by Fine, Segev and Lavi are expressed by the fact that Arab cities and towns, including mixed cities within the 1967 borders − Nazareth and Acre − are not marked, and in the absence of Palestinian institutions. For example, a map of universities includes their branches, and also independent Jewish colleges in the territories ‏(in Alon Shvut and Elkana‏), but not one Palestinian university. The employment map marks Israeli workplaces in the territories, but not Palestinian ones. Furthermore, while there is a map of “national sites, cultural sites, and administrative and government institutions” in Jerusalem, none, except for the Western Wall, are marked in Arab East Jerusalem.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 725, January 2, 2015: Israel has always been crazy

I was brought up (I was born in 1964) to believe that the Arabs (the word Palestinian was largely not used in my childhood) could not be trusted, that they are not like us, that they are treacherous and would stab me in the back if I relaxed and trusted them. Without knowing it, I grew up with classic colonial rhetoric. Colonisers motivated by fear and possibly guilt, have always demonised the people they have hurt. Dehumanisation helps to reduce empathy and shut down the conscience.


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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