« End of Occupation » No 1000

PAJU was founded in November of 2000. In February of 2001, PAJU began its series of weekly vigils every Friday based on the vigil held every Friday by Women in Black in Israel. We began our Friday vigil in front of the Israeli Consulate at the corner of René Lévesque Boulevard and Peel Street in Montreal along with the Jewish Alliance Against the Occupation. The vigil lasted every Friday – winter, summer, spring and fall – for seven years, at which point Israel moved its Montreal consulate to quieter corners, citing our vigil as its reason for moving.

Subsequently, the weekly vigil was moved to different points of the City of Montreal whereby PAJU distributed (and forwarded via internet)  a weekly tract drawn from a news item highlighting the abuses brought upon Palestinians by Israel’s illegal occupation of stolen Palestinian land, as well as explaining the nature of the Palestinians’ legitimate claims to justice and nationhood. Beginning with the first vigil, a PAJU committee chose a particular news item from different world sources – including Israeli sources such as Haaretz – to be printed and distributed to passersby at our vigils, one side of the tract in French, the other in English.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, PAJU has suspended its weekly Friday vigil until such a time as it is safe to begin anew. However, we continue to forward news items to our mailing list. The present news item regarding the emergence of women (and feminism) in Israeli politics is article number 1 000. In other words, PAJU is hereby sending out its 1 000th consecutive weekly news item which began in February, 2001. We will continue to express our solidarity with the legitimate claims of the Palestinian people for peace with justice. END THE OCCUPATION!

Meet the women of the Knesset’s Joint List

Eetta Prince-Gibson

Women have not fared well in the recently instated Knesset. All the major parties are currently led by men. The number of women in the Knesset has decreased from 35 to 30, and women make up only 25% of the overall elected members of the Knesset.

Yet women in the Arab Joint List have done well: Out of the Joint List’s 15 members, four are women — double the two in the previous Knesset.

The Joint List is made up of four different parties running together as a bloc, and each party has one woman member. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 999

At a point in time when the Coronavirus pandemic poses a worldwide threat to the well-being of the earth’s human population, here is further proof of the inhuman and dehumanizing policies of the rogue state called Israel. PAJU salutes Israel’s human rights organization, B’TSELEM as a model of the upholding of the principle of human rights for all in contrast to those Judeo-Nazis – as Yeshayahu Leibowitz  labeled them – who effect these criminal policies against the Palestinian and Bedouin populations.

There are only 60 respirators in Gaza for a population of 2 million inhabitants, which represents one of the densest populations on earth. There is no doubt whatsoever, given the effects of Israel’s illegal and criminal blockade of Gaza, that Coronavirus will spread there like wildfire. Gaza desperately requires medical equipment (as does the occupied West Bank). Those responsible for denying that necessary medical equipment, including respirators and beds, will also be held responsible for the deaths of Gazans due to the pandemic. A reminder to the  political class: there is no statute of limitations for war crimes and crimes against humanity. There will eventually be a reckoning. End the blockade of Gaza now! (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 998

Netanyahu wants an emergency government of Jews only

Afif Abu Much March 16, 2020

Although the coronavirus doesn’t distinguish between Jews and Arabs, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been doing so while calling on Blue and White leaders to join him in an “emergency government.”

Citing the current coronavirus outbreak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remarked on March 12, “An emergency government was established 53 years ago in Israel. I call for the establishment of a similar government now. This evening.” He then called on Blue and White Chairman Benny Gantz to join him in the endeavor. Gantz tweeted in response, “Given the situation, we are prepared to discuss the creation of a broad national emergency government, which would include representatives of all parties in the House.” In other words, the government he envisioned should include the Arab Joint List. Netanyahu later clarified his position, asserting, “Supporters of terrorism cannot be part of the government, whether under routine circumstances or in times of emergency.” (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 997

Palestinians’ electoral success in Israel can’t be denied

Daoud Kuttab

March 12, 2020

Palestinian citizens in Israel made a powerful statement in the March 2 elections, with the Arab Joint List winning an unprecedented 15 seats in the 120-member Knesset. The alliance consists of Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality), headed by Ayman Odeh; the Arab Movement for Change, led by Ahmad Tibi; the Islamic Movement, headed by Abbas Mansour; and the nationalist Balad, led by Mtanes Shehadeh. The 64.7% of Palestinian voters who turned out cast their ballots almost exclusively for the Joint List, thus thwarting the hopes of the current Israeli caretaker prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to form a majority coalition government of 61 members.

Fadi Elsalameen, adjunct senior fellow at the Washington, DC-based American Security Project, told Al-Monitor that the results of the elections stand as a huge success for Palestinian citizens in Israel. “This success not only blocks Netanyahu from forming a government, but also ends the right-wing agenda of excluding Palestinian Arabs from having a place in Israeli politics,” Elsalameen said. (more…)

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