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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.

PAJU (Palestinian and Jewish Unity) denounces Israel's onslaught against the Civilian population of Gaza

PRESS RELEASE

Montreal, July 11th, 2014

Palestinian and Jewish Unity denounces in the strongest possible terms Israel’s latest onslaught against the Palestinian population of Gaza and demands that the United Nations work to achieve an immediate ceasefire to prevent further bloodshed . The response from Israel subsequent to the deaths of three Israeli adolescents has been completely disproportionate to the situation and smacks of a preconceived military assault using the deaths of the three adolescents as a justification for launching, once again, a brutal campaign of collective punishment against Gaza’s civilian population which has been subjected to an illegal blockade since 2007.

Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

PAJU Press Release

Montreal, December 6th, 2013

Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) wishes to pay homage to Nelson Mandela, a proponent of the principle of human rights, the quintessential example of the nobility of the human spirit and the incarnation of the struggle of all oppressed peoples for their emancipation from the chains that bind them. ‘These countless human beings, both inside and outside our country, had the nobility of spirit to stand in the path of tyranny and injustice, without seeking selfish gain. They recognised that an injury to one is an injury to all and therefore acted together in defense of justice and a common human decency,’ said Mandela upon accepting the Nobel Prize in 1993.

PAJU congratulates the United Church of Canada

Press release, August 31 2012- Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU) wishes to add its voice to those who congratulate the United Church of Canada for passing the motion calling for the boycott of products issuing from Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. In so doing, the United Church of Canada confirms its solidarity with Palestinian civil society’s call in 2005 for a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign targeting Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian Territories. It is also the United Church of Canada’s statement of commitment to the principle of human rights and the rule of international law.

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