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 # 722, December 12, 2014: The Israeli Government Adopts the Principle of a Jewish Nation-State
Israel is about to become the nation-state of the Jewish people. The government of Benjamin Netanyahu approved Sunday, November 23 a bill establishing this new legal status. But for its opponents, this initiative weakens the democratic foundations of the country and in particular the rights of its Arab minority. Members of Israel's Arab minority have termed this project a racist law, noting that the text makes Hebrew the only official language of Israel and reduces Arabic to a "special status". For their part, the Palestinians rejected Netanyahu's demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying it would prevent the Palestinian refugees from demanding a return to the lands they were forced to leave because of armed conflict.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 721, December 5, 2014: O Jerusalem, Israelis Have Forgotten Thee
I don’t like Jerusalem. The truth is, I hate it. I try to go there as little as possible and leave as quickly as possible. For the most part, it’s an ugly and infuriating city. The Jewish part has some charming spots, all in the old neighborhoods. The Old City,which is in the Palestinian part, is spectacular in its beauty. But a city doesn’t have to be beautiful to be loved. Tel Aviv isn’t beautiful, yet it is loved. A secular, liberal and humanist Israeli cannot love Jerusalem. You can’t love a city when it's immoral. Its sanctity cannot speak to a secular person; such a person can’t accept the false political premises stemming from this sanctity. Such Israelis should stand up against the religious-nationalist brainwashing campaign all around Jerusalem.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 720, November 29, 2014: Israel’s own tunnels of dread in Jerusalem
While everyone is preoccupied with the Hamas tunnels in Gaza, Israel continues to dig under Palestinian houses in Jerusalem. With the Hamas tunnels dominating the Israeli narrative for the past several weeks, their inherent danger horrifying the entire state and sometimes leading to apocalyptic visions, the state of Israel persistently continued digging its own underground tunnels – in Jerusalem. These tunnels, like those of Hamas, are being dug under a heavy cloak of secrecy. They should serve as a tool for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They are being dug under the houses of uninvolved civilians, in this case Palestinians.
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 719, November 21, 2014: Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Malala Yousafzai, has announced that she is donating the full amount of the prize to rebuild UNRWA schools damaged during the recent fighting in Gaza. ‘ I am honored to announce all my World’s Children’s Prize money will go to help students and schools in an especially difficult place – in Gaza.I am donating these funds to The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is performing heroic work to serve children in Gaza, in very difficult circumstances. This funding will help rebuild the 65 schools damaged during the recent conflict. We must all work to ensure Palestinian boys and girls, and all children everywhere, receive a quality education in a safe environment. Because without education, there will never be peace. Let us stand together for peace and education because together we are more powerful.’
"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 718, November 15, 2014: Parental Exposure to Military Attacks and infant deficiency at birth
A study was undertaken in Gaza, Palestine, in a cohort of babies born in 2011. Hair samples of newborns were analyzed for metal load by DRC-ICP-MS. We report specific level of contamination by teratogen/toxicants metals of newborn babies, environmentally unexposed, according to their phenotypes at birth: normal full term babies, birth defects or developmentally premature. Number of newborns with birth defects and hair load of contaminants higher than the median levels of controls versus the nature of poisons Bar 1 Mercury ,Selenium, Tin (15) Bars 2-6 Mercury ,Selenium (5) These poisons come from the explosion of bombs .Data from Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza, Palestine Scientists from Genoa, Napoli et Gaza ( P.Manduca, S. Signoriello, A.Naim).
MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION BY QUEBEC CIVIL SOCIETY
AUGUST 10, 2014, at noon
Starting point: Place Émilie-Gamelin
Invoking outrageously its “right to defend itself”, Israel is once again laying waste to Gaza... With an illegal and immoral blockade already condemning the population of Gaza to slow death, with entire neighbourhoods now bombed into ruins, with mosques, schools and other shelters targeted for direct attacks, the casualties number in the thousands ... As the carnage continues, the Harper government continues its unconditional support for Israeli aggression and blames all the horror and destruction on the Palestinians themselves.
Meanwhile, there is a shameful failure on the part of all the federal opposition parties to meet their minimum responsibility of demanding that Israel abide by international law...
Faced with all these crimes committed in broad daylight with the unspeakable overt or tacit support of Canadian politicians, we call on the people of Québec to make their voices heard loud:
- AN IMMEDIATE END TO ALL FORMS OF ISRAELI AGGRESSION
- AN END TO THE BLOCKAGE OF GAZA
- AN END TO ISRAELI OCCUPATION AND COLONIZATION OF PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES
- A REAL SOLUTION TO THE CONFLICT, BASED ON JUSTICE AND RESPECT FOR INTERNATIONAL LAW
- A RADICAL CHANGE IN THE SHAMEFUL POLICIES OF THE GOVERNMENT AND CANADIAN POLITICIANS IN GENERAL
Call issued by a broad coalition of labour, grassroots, community, advocacy, women’s, and student organizations, solidarity groups, groups of artists, intellectuals, etc. and citizens:
Ligue des droits et libertés, Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN), Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ), Fédération nationale des enseignantes et enseignants du Québec (FNEEQ-CSN), Conseil régional de la FTQ-Montréal métropolitain, Conseil central du Montréal métropolitain (CCMM–CSN), Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ), Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU), Independent Jewish Voices (IJV), Medical Aid for Palestine (MAP) Tadamon! Montreal, Gaza’s Ark, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP), Collectif Échec à la guerre, Entraide missionnaire, Canadian Muslim Forum, Alternatives, Collectif québécois contre l'islamophobie, Association pour une solidarité syndicale étudiante (ASSÉ) ,(FRAPRU) Le Front d’action populaire en réaménagement urbain, (CTTI) Centre Des Travailleurs et Travailleuses des Immigrants
Other endorsements are expected shortly. If you belong to an organization, we invite you to present them with this callout and obtain their official endorsement ... to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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