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14th Anniversary of the PAJU Vigil February 20th 2015

Publication date : 2015-02-19

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.

14th Anniversary of the PAJU Vigil February 20th 2015

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.

Since 2007, PAJU’s Friday vigil has been held in front of the Indigo bookstore (Indigo-Chapters) on Ste.Catherine Street in downtown Montreal to denounce both the Occupation and the Heseg Foundation program sponsored by Indigo-Chapter’s CEO, Heather Reisman. Heseg (also known as the Lone Soldier program) incites young Jews in the Diaspora to enroll in the Israeli army – an army of occupation - in exchange for social and educational benefits in Israel. PAJU’s boycott of Indigo is part of the larger boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign launched by more than 120 Palestinian organizations in 2005.

Israeli settlers in the occupied Palestinian territories now number upwards of 500,000. Thousands of Palestinian homes have been destroyed as part of the Israeli campaign to uproot and expel the Palestinians. An illegal separation wall has been constructed to divide Palestinian villages, to separate Palestinian families and to prevent Palestinian farmers from gaining access to their fields. The Palestinian population in Gaza has been literally imprisoned and oppressed for many years to such a degree that the situation brings to mind the suffering of the Warsaw Ghetto.

Such are the consequences of Israel’s policy of apartheid. This is why we must continue to demonstrate every Friday to bring to the public’s attention the reality of the situation faced by Palestinian civil society. The boycott of Israeli products and companies which invest in Israel must be reinforced in order to put an end to this system of segregation based on a narrow ideological vision of the Nation-State and to one day permit Israelis and Palestinians to live side by side in a lasting peace. 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!

For more information on the ‘Heseg Foundation for Lone Soldiers,’ please go to the web site of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) here: http://www.cjpme.org/DisplayDocument.aspx?DO=853&RecID=46&DocumentID=1062&SaveMode=0

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