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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 #931, December 14, 2018: Knesset approves 200 communities where Arabs are banned

The legislation committee at the Israeli Knesset yesterday approved 200 extra communities where non-Jewish inhabitants can be banned, Arab48 reported.

MK Bezalel Smotrich, from the Jewish Home party, initiated the bill to add the new communities to the list of areas which enjoy power to choose the families and persons who are planning to move in to them.

Paju's Vigil Fryday December 14 and 15, 2018 : in the McGill metro station

Hi all,

Vigil and Distribution of PAJU this week are:

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #930, December 7, 2018: Justin Trudeau Conflating BDS With Anti-Semitism Is Dangerous

By Sarah Ghabrial and Elena Razlogova

“Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

This letter concerns Canada’s recent apology for turning away the MS St. Louis in 1939. First, thank you for acknowledging Canada’s complicity in the murder of hundreds of Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust. On the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht, and after the recent terrorist attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue, it is more important than ever to pay close heed to Canada’s own history of bigotry and to recommit preventing such tragedies from ever happening again.

Paju's Vigil Fryday December 7, 2018 : in the McGill metro station

The PAJU vigil will take place on Friday, December 7th from 11:30 AM to 1 PM in the McGill metro station (near the ticket-window where tickets are sold). We will be handing out our leaflets as usual. Look for our banners and Palestinian flags!

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #929 November 30, 2018: Netanyahu’s Friends Vote Against Him at the UN

The United Nations General Assembly's "Special Political and Decolonization Committee" has adopted a series of resolutions on the Arab-Israeli conflict that seem to contradict this statement.

As every autumn, the 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly's Special Political and Decolonization Committee overwhelmingly passed eight laws condemning the "occupying power" for the treatment of Palestinians by Israel, demanding that it cease building settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights and unreservedly support UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

Paju's Vigil Fryday November 30, 2018 : Canceled

There will be no PAJU vigil this week so that militants can participate at the CISO conference on Palestinian self-determination which is taking place in Montreal from Nov. 29th to December 1st. Info below.

Please note that while the various conferences will be in French, simultaneous translation in English will be provided.

Autodétermination du people palestinien: enjeux et défis

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #928, November 23, 2018: Holocaust survivor urges solidarity and justice

Suzanne Berliner Weiss

November 10, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Thank you for issuing a belated apology from Canada to the Jews from Germany who sought refuge here in 1939 as they desperately fled the Nazi murder machine. Unfortunately, your apology rings hollow when, in the name of Canadians and the whole Jewish people, you denounce the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which Palestinians and their supporters around the world are using to pressure their Israeli persecutors and colonizers to respect Palestinian human rights and abide by international law.

Paju's Vigil Fryday November 23, 2018 : Guy-Concordia Metro

The PAJU vigil this Friday will be held inside the Guy-Concordia metro station (near the turnstiles) from 11:30 to 1 PM.

On an average, we distribute around 700 leaflets per vigil.

Come join us.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #927 November 16, 2018: The Second Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

by Akiva Eldar

They say time heals anguish and loss. As is only natural, the passage of years has dulled the anguish and loss over the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish terrorist, Yigal Amir, in November 1995. The political heroes of Rabin's assassin, who incited against Rabin in the months that preceded his death, are no longer content with the erosion of memory. The right-wing settlers and their supporters stubbornly reject any responsibility for the vitriolic wave of incitement that preceded the murder and caused the murderer, by his own admission, to shoot a prime minister in the back.

The murder fatally sabotaged the Oslo peace agreement that Rabin had signed two years earlier with the Palestinians and helped the right wing, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, to inherit the state through subsequent elections, held in 1996. Now, on the 23rd anniversary of Rabin's assassination, the very same people who led the campaign against those they dubbed “Oslo criminals” have also declared themselves its victims, generously aided by the silent majority.

Paju's Vigil Fryday November 16, 2018 : Canceled

The weekly vigil is canceled this week.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #926 November 9, 2018: Traveling the world as a Palestinian on an Israeli passport

Part 1 At home, we speak Arabic intermixed with Hebrew. We deal with Israeli law, Israeli institutions, and can participate in the Israeli political system. But we are always conscious of our Palestinian heritage. Everything becomes more difficult whenever I cross borders. The in-betweeness of my identity is lost.

To immigration officers, government officials, and school administrators, only the nationality listed on my passport matters. When I traveled to Morocco last year, I was escorted from the airport by security — for my protection, because of my Israeli passport — and greeted with “Shabbat Shalom.”

When I told the airport official “thank you, but I am not Jewish,” he responded, “it does not matter.”

Paju's Vigil Fryday November 9, 2018 the Berri-UQAM Metro Station

Hello to all,

This week PAJU's Friday vigil and hand-out of our leaflets will take place inside the Berri-UQAM metro close to the entry point of UQAM.

Join us!

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil #925 November 2, 2018:

by Max Blumenthal

Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett has embarked on a visit to Pittsburgh “to be with our sisters and brothers in their darkest hour,” he said, after an avowed anti-Semite massacred eleven Jewish worshippers at the city’s Tree of Life Synagogue. As Bennett departs for Pittsburgh, some members of Israel’s governing Likud Party have issued talking points and statements blaming the victims of the anti-Jewish mass murderer for inspiring the attack. One especially prominent Likud member has even echoed Bowers’ hate manifesto.

Convocation to the PAJU Annual General Assembly, the 4th of November 2018

Convocation to the PAJU Annual General Assembly, the 12th of November 2017

Salle de l’Association des Travailleurs Grecs

5359 avenue du Parc

9h30 à 15h30

For PAJU members, this is the opportunity to renew their membership card and for those who wish to become members of PAJU, the opportunity to acquire a membership card. The PAJU membership card is fixed at $10. Please note that in order to take out a membership card, it is required that one first accept PAJU’s Charter (attached to this email along with PAJU bylaws).



PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) Statement on the Attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue

Press release

Montreal, October 29th, 2018

Palestinian and Jewish Unity condemns the odious and criminal attack by the extreme-right militant and Trump devotee, Robert Bowers which resulted in the deaths of eleven members of the Jewish community of Pittsburgh and the wounding of six others, all at prayer at the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday morning, October 27th, 2018. This crapulous hate-crime is the bitter fruit of the rise of the new fascism which calls itself the ‘Alt-Right’ movement. We express our deep sympathy with the bereaved families and friends of the victims of this senseless crime.

What we are witnessing at present – growing out of a terrain sown with the seeds of neo-liberal austerity planning and the accompanying job loss, impoverishment and breaking down of the social fabric – is the emergence of ever-increasing xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-visible minority extreme-right movements, akin to those which rose in the Twenties and Thirties of the previous century on the heels of the Great Depression.

Paju's Vigil Thursday, November 1st and Fryday November 2, 2018 the Guy-Concordia Metro Station

Vigil and Distribution of PAJU this week:




Montreal, July 23rd, 2018

''“We have passed this law to prevent any inclination or attempt to turn the State of Israel into a nation of all its citizens”''

Avi Dichter, Likud Member of Israel’s Knesset

Israel’s Zionist project reached its logical outcome with the law passed in the Knesset July 19th, 2018 which formally establishes an exclusive Jewish state in Israel. From its inception, the Zionist movement foresaw a Jewish state built on all of the land of historic Palestine, cleansed of its indigenous Palestinian Arab population. While the Palestinians of Israel (approximately 20% of Israel’s population) still remain in Israel pending their eventual “transfer,” they are now without status for all intent and purpose. What observers have been saying about Israel for years is now official: Israel is an apartheid state.

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.”

Boycott Indigo

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