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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.

"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.”

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