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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 # 782, February 5, 2016: Israeli authorities have cracked down on Israeli activists associated with Ta’ayush

Israeli authorities have cracked down on activists associated with Ta’ayush, the Jewish-Palestinian partnership that works to stop settlement growth in the occupied territories.

There is a gag order on the case, but details have emerged. Israeli authorities have arrested Ezra Nawi, the great campaigner against human rights abuses in the occupied territories, as well as another member of Ta’ayush and a staffer of the human rights group B’Tselem.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 781, January 29, 2016: Islamic militant group (ISIS) has executed Russia Hassan, a female city journalist

The Islamic militant group (ISIS) has executed Russia Hassan, a female city journalist who wrote about Raqqa,the capital of the group’s so-called caliphate. After Isis took the city she refused to leave. She wrote under the pseudonym , Nissan Ibrahim. We honour this heroine battling for reporting in a danger zone. Hassan is the fifth journalist to be killed by ISIS for reporting on the group since October last year, according to the Syrian journalism organization Syria Direct..” Hassan, who wrote under the pseudonym Nissan Ibrahim, also wrote about the frequent coalition-led airstrikes against ISIS in Raqqa, the Guardian reports. In one post she questioned the dilemma facing her city.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 780, January 22, 2016: Two Palestinian prisoners are near death

Palestinians have raised the alarm after a further deterioration of the health status of the Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qiq in hunger strike for nearly 50 days to protest his detention by Israel. Mohammed al-Qid is in a coma. Mr. Qiq (33), a reporter for the Saudi channel Al Majd, married with two young daughters, was placed in mid-December by Israel in administrative detention, an alternative regime that allows detention without charge or trial periods of six months, renewable indefinitely.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 779, January 15, 2016: Israeli occupation is root cause of Palestine conflict

The current escalation in violence did not start with the killing of two Israeli settlers, it started a long while ago and has been going on for years. Every day Palestinians are killed, wounded, arrested. Every day colonialism advances, the siege on our people in Gaza continues, oppression persists. As many today want us to be overwhelmed by the potential consequences of a new spiral of violence, I will plead, as I did in 2002, to deal with its root causes: the denial of Palestinian freedom.Some have suggested the reason why a peace deal could not be reached was President Yasser Arafat’s unwillingness or President Mahmoud Abbas’s inability, but both of them were ready and able to sign a peace agreement.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 778, January 8, 2016: Number of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons doubles

Marah Bakir, 16, was leaving school in occupied East Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood on 12 October when she was shot and injured by Israeli police. They allege she intended to stab an officer. However, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reported that Marah had been walking with a friend when they were harassed by an Israeli who accused her of being a “terrorist.” Marah is now one of three Palestinian teenage girls held in Ramle prison with Israeli women convicted of criminal offenses.


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 777, January 1st, 2015: Protests against the contracts given to the British security firm G4S by Israel

The G4S firm has long been targeted by the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for its involvement in human rights abuses against Palestinians. It provides services to Israeli prisons and checkpoints in the occupied West Bank, where Palestinians are frequently tortured and mistreated.

The complaint to NCP * by Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, a charity critical of G4S’s work in the region, covered equipment and services provided by the company in several locations including the West Bank, and at the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.

G4S has already said it would not seek to renew the contracts in the West Bank or in Israeli prisons when they end in 2017.


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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