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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.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 754, July 24, 2015: Israel releases a hero of the struggle against administrative detention

The Palestinian Khader Adnan was released by Israel after a long hunger strike in prison that has become the symbol of the struggle against administrative detention: imprisonment without charge or trial.

The 37-year-old had stopped eating to protest his administrative detention, a controversial provision inherited from the British Mandate on Palestine that allows Israeli authorities to hold suspects without charge or trial for periods of six months, renewable indefinitely. Currently, of the 5686 Palestinian prisoners Israel holds, 379 are in administrative detention, according to Israeli official figures.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 753, July 17, 2015: BDS Blacklist Part 2

Do “standing with Israel” and supporting a Jewish state really eclipse everything else, to the point that other moral stands are pushed aside?

I, like many others, read the Forward’s report on the website Canary Mission today — and shuddered. This organization documents, on its website, the names and photographs of pro-Palestinian activists around the country with links to their personal details, social media profiles, and print-out profiles for activists.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 752, July 10, 2015: BDS Blacklist : a Jewish Moral Failure Part 1

I, like many others, read the Forward’s report on the website Canary Mission today — and shuddered. This organization documents, on its website, the names and photographs of pro-Palestinian activists around the country with links to their personal details, social media profiles, and print-out profiles for activists.

The database, as stated on the webpage, “was created to expose individuals and groups that are anti-Freedom, anti-American and anti-Semitic in order to protect the public and our democratic values.”

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 751, July 3, 2015: The French State Endeavors to suppress BDS

On June 9, at 1:30 am, French police stormed the home of Pierre Stambul, co-President of the Union of French Jews for Peace(Union juive française pour la paix, UJFP). The police used the protocol for neutralizing armed and entrenched terrorists: they broke down the doors, and before the peaceful inhabitants could awake, immediately searched the residence for weapons. There was obviously nothing to find, but the Raid called the national police who took Pierre away in handcuffs.

It is not known who is behind this outrage, but everything suggests that it was aimed at preventing Pierre Stambul from going through with a planned BDS event to take place the same evening in Toulouse organized by the UJFP and the BDS Committee (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, as Israel does not comply with international law).

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.”

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 750, June 26, 2015: Inaugural speech to Israeli diplomats by the new deputy foreign minister

Israel’s new deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely, delivered a defiant message to the international community, saying that Israel owes no apologies for its policies in the Holy Land and citing religious texts to back her belief that it belongs to the Jewish people. The speech by Tzipi Hotovely illustrates the influence of hardliners in Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s new government, and the challenges he will face as he tries to persuade the world that he is serious about pursuing peace with the Palestinians. Hotovely, 36, is among a generation of young hardliners in Netanyahu’s Likud party who support West Bank settlement construction and oppose ceding captured land to the Palestinians.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 749, June 19, 2015: The Israeli Parliament Seeks To Counter The Threat Of Boycott

This was the atmosphere in the corridors of the Knesset during the "emergency session on Israel's de-legitimization" held Wednesday. Certainly, the exercise presented no challenge since no vote was expected and that the members were content to express their views to the rostrum. But the fact that this debate has taken place shows that the movement "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement (BDS), which until now was considered negligible by the leaders of Israel, is now considered a danger.

Nakba 2015

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." (

The election in Israel and the BDS Campaign Against Israel

Listen to the Global Research News Hour on the election in Israel and the BDS Campaign Against Israel.

Interventions of Professor James Petras of Binghampton University, Bruce Katz of Palestinian and Jewish Unity and Jeff Halper of the Israeli Coalition Against House Demolitions.

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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.

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 :

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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