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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 # 745, May 22, 2015: Samples of Israeli Horrific Brutality and War Criminality in Gaza Part 2

Staff Sargent, Infantry:It was during our first Sabbath. Earlier that day one of the companies was hit by a few anti-tank missiles. The unit went to raid the area from which they were fired, so the guys who stayed behind automatically cared less about civilians. I remember telling myself that right now, the citizens of Gaza, I really don’t give a fuck about them. They don’t deserve anything – and if they deserve something it’s either to be badly wounded or killed. . So this old man came over, and the guy manning the post saw this civilian, and he fired at him, and he didn’t get a good hit. The civilian was laying there, writhing in pain.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 744, May 15, 2015: Samples of Israeli Horrific Brutality and War Criminality in Gaza: Part 1

The Israeli group Breaking the Silence issued a report this morning (May 2015) containing testimony from Israeli soldiers about the savagery and criminality committed by the Israeli military during the attack on Gaza last summer. The Independent has a good article describing the report’s findings: “The Israeli military deliberately pounded civilian areas in the Gaza Strip with incessant fire of inaccurate ordinance” and “was at best indifferent about casualties among the Palestinian population.” At best. This should surprise nobody who paid any attention to the brutal Israeli destruction of Gaza or, for that matter, countless Israeli attacks before that. The U.N. has said that 7 out of 10 people killed by the Israelis were civilians, “including 1,462 civilians, among them 495 children and 253 women”; video of Israelis killing four Gazan boys as they played on a beach sickened anyone decent. Nonetheless, reading the accounts from these Israeli soldiers is revolting and important in equal parts.

Used tanks to crush Palestinians’ cars purely for “fun” Staff Sargent, Armored Corps: During the entire operation the tank drivers had this thing of wanting to run over cars – because the driver, he can’t fire. He doesn’t have any weapon, he doesn’t get to experience the fun in its entirety, he just drives forward, backward, right, left. And they had this sort of crazy urge to run over a car. I mean, a car that’s in the street, a Palestinian car, obviously. And there was one time that my tank’s driver, a slightly hyperactive guy, managed to convince the tank’s officer to run over a car, and it was really not that exciting– you don’t even notice you’re going over a car, you don’t feel anything – we just said on the two-way radio: “We ran over the car. How was it?” And it was cool, but we really didn’t feel anything. . .

Adapted from https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/05/04/samples-israeli-horrific-brutality-war-criminality-gaza/

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Nakba 2015


"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 743, May 8, 2015: A Cry Of The Heart From A Dissident Jew

I am Jewish. I'm Israeli.

I am Canadian. I am pro-Israel. And pro-Palestine.

What does this tell me? I'm torn, it's the least we can say.

During my life, I have gone from convinced Zionist and Israeli soldier to waning to give up my Israeli citizenship.

I have been a strong advocate of dialogue and of the Palestinian nation. I have been involved in several organizations working in this direction.

I’ve spent countless hours in freezing cold or scorching heat (depending on the country) during demonstrations.

I’ve spoken at conferences, in debates in the media. I was sprayed with tear gas, spat in the face, pushed, arrested.

People have wished for my children to be killed in a suicide attack.


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)

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 742, May 1rst, 2015: Part 2: Change in Israel will come by increased international pressure, not by the polls

By monopolizing West Bank land and natural resources, Israel reaps the benefits of occupation with few costs. Settlements are a major state investment, and add both a geographic and political obstacle to peace since settlers play a key role in shaping Israeli politics and their interests cannot be ignored. Mr. Netanyahu’s style has certainly heightened tensions and harmed relations with Israel’s allies. He has clashed with President Obama and thumbed his nose at the Democratic Party by helping to make Israel a partisan political issue in America. His most recent speech before a joint session of Congress, which 60 members of Congress boycotted, was merely the latest incident.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 741, April 24, 2015: Netanyahu’s election could hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies. Part 1: unexpected point of view

This might seem counterintuitive, but the political dynamics in Israel and internationally mean that another term with Mr. Netanyahu at the helm could actually hasten the end of Israel’s apartheid policies. The biggest losers in this election were those who made the argument that change could come from within Israel. It can’t and it won’ IF anyone doubted where Mr. Netanyahu stood on the question of peace, the Israeli prime minister made himself clear just before Tuesday’s election, proclaiming that there would never be a Palestinian state on his watch. Then he decided to engage in a bit of fear-mongering against Palestinian citizens of Israel in hopes of driving his supporters to the polls. “The right-wing government is in danger,” Mr. Netanyahu announced on Election Day. “Arab voters are heading to the polling stations in droves.

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.

On line: https://ckuw.ca/128/20150327.13.00-14.00.mp3


THROUGH THE EYES OF PALESTINE


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 : 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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