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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 # 841, March 24, 2017: Pot Decriminalization Could Be The Best Explanation Of Apartheid Yet

By Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man

An Israeli and a Palestinian are hanging out somewhere in the West Bank. Maybe they’re activists or old friends, an employer and an employee, catching up over a cup of coffee outside one of their homes. One of them pulls out a joint and shares it with the other. Out of nowhere, an Israeli police officer shows up. He or she arrests the Palestinian. The Israeli walks free with a citation — a measly fine. That is the situation that will be created if a bill to decriminalize marijuana, currently making its way through Israel’s parliament, becomes law. That is the situation because there are dual legal systems in the West Bank: one set of laws and courts for Israeli nationals, one set of laws for Palestinians — in the exact same space.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 840, March 17, 2017: The poor Bedouin community hounded by the Israeli state has an advocate Amos Grvitz

This morning, 19 February 2017, large numbers of Civil Administration personnel and police arrived at the Khan al-Ahmar community, which is located near the settlement of Maale Adumim. They served 39 stop-work orders (a preamble step preceding demolition orders) , which apply to all of the community’s buildings, including its school. The school was built in 2009 and also serves children from other nearby communities. Khan al-Ahmar is situated in an area Israel earmarked for the future expansion of Maale Adumim. In 2016, Israeli authorities demolished 12 dwellings in the community, rendering 60 people homeless, including 35 minors. Adapted from btselem: "Israeli CA serves stop-work orders for all Khan al-Ahmar bldgs., (Feb. 2017)

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 839, March 10, 2017: Obama Releases Appropriated Humanitarian Funds to Palestine that Congress had waylaid

WASHINGTON (AP) Extracts— Officials say the Obama administration in its waning hours defied Republican opposition and quietly released $221 million to the Palestinian Authority that GOP members of Congress had been blocking. A State Department official and several congressional aides said the outgoing administration formally notified Congress it would spend the money Friday morning. The official said former Secretary of State John Kerry had informed some lawmakers of the move shortly before he left the State Department for the last time Thursday. The aides said written notification dated Jan. 20 was sent to Congress just hours before Donald Trump took the oath of office.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 838, March 3, 2017: How will you deal with your consciences, doctors?

He lay in your hospital for three months straight. For part of the time, he was sedated and on a respirator in intensive care, after which he improved and was transferred to the surgical department. You knew that he was 25 years old and had cancer and that until recently, he had been undergoing chemotherapy. You also knew that the soldiers had shot him in the stomach, causing damage to internal organs. He lay in your hospital for three months straight. For part of the time, he was sedated and on a respirator in intensive care, after which he improved and was transferred to the surgical department. You knew that he was 25 years old and had cancer and that until recently, he had been undergoing chemotherapy. You also knew that the soldiers had shot him in the stomach, causing damage to internal organs.


PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH UNITY (PAJU) DENOUNCES THE ATTACK ON THE ISLAMIC CULTURAL CENTRE IN QUEBEC CITY

PRESS RELEASE

Montreal, January 31st, 2017

Palestinian and Jewish unity (PAJU) denounces the culture of islamophobia, prevalent among some elected officials and media, the result of which has been the demonization of Muslims in Quebec and Canada. This islamophobic "culture", which belongs to the identity project of the racist political right – and which divides society into two camps: We and the Others - has poisoned our society for some years now. Let us note the false debate surrounding the (Drainville) Charter of Values, ​​whose real objective was to divide the population by targeting mainly Muslims for electoral purposes.

A Defender of Truth, Justice and Democracy

We now know that the SPVM has been tracking journalists who have been ‘unruly,’ putting their noses where officialdom doesn’t want them to go. Of course, that’s what journalists are supposed to do in their role as the Third Estate, but that’s beside the point. The Washington Post has published an article showing that Israel’s ruling Likud government ‘used Facebook to track the activities and posts of certain journalists it perceives as antigovernment...’ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/11/06/israels-ruling-party-used-facebook-to-track-anti-government-journalists )

Sound familiar? It should. It’s been happening around the globe; the Erdogan government in Turkey is a perfect example. The tracking of journalists constitutes an assault on the democratic process as is the case with the SPVM (and CSIS) spying on journalists trying to do their jobs.

Convocation to the PAJU Annual General Assembly, the 23th of October 2016

Dear PAJU members,

On Sunday, October 23, 2016, PAJU will hold its annual general assembly.

The meeting will take place from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM at the Association des travailleurs grecs, 5359, avenue du Parc.

Bruce Katz

Président de PAJU

The City of Montreal must cancel its Economic Mission to Israel

Press Release

Montreal, September 26th, 2016

The Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre and Toronto Mayor John Tory will visit Israel - and, symbolically, the West Bank - as part of an economic mission from November 13th to November 18th, 2016. In so doing, the mayors of Montreal and Toronto, and those individuals and groups who will accompany them, including the Montreal Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Centre Montreal make themselves complicit with the institutionalized system of segregation which victimizes Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, as well as the Bedouin of the Negev region.

Why A Military Embargo Against Israel Is Necessary

WORLD SOCIAL FORUM MONTREAL

Workshop :Military Embargo Against Israel

Université du Québec à Montréal

August 12th, 2016

Presentation by Bruce Katz, Co-President, Palestinian and Jewish Unity (PAJU)

In an article published in the Electronic Intifada in 2006, Ilan Pappe refers to Israeli policy on the Gaza Strip as ‘incremental genocide’ which simply refers to the series of calculated and murderous attacks on Gaza every few years as a plan for a slow but steady genocide aimed at eliminating as much of the Palestinian population of Gaza as possible over a period of time. The idea is, and in effect always has been, for Israel to maintain its control over the Palestinian territories it has illegally expropriated by eliminating as much of the Palestinian population as possible through ethnic cleansing, economic strangulation and settler terrorism in the West Bank, aided and abetted by the Israeli army, and massive destruction and indiscriminate killing in Gaza resulting from the disproportionate use of superior military technology against a civilian population, the latter portrayed, by way of Israel’s well-conceived Hasbara or propaganda program, as terrorists. Israel, despite its disproportionate use of military force, presents itself as the victim. As Ilan Pappe points out, “Downsizing the number of Palestinians all over historic Palestine is still the Zionist vision. In Gaza, its implementation takes its most inhuman form.”

Boycott Hummus Sabra


Boycott products at Adonis

MARCHÉ ADONIS 2173, rue Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC, CA.

Dear Mr. Naaman Aboud,

Le 18 juin 2015

It has come to our attention, as well as to some other members of our organisation who shop at Adonis, that you currently stock Sabra hmmus, a product of the the Israeli company named the Strauss Group which has “adopted” an elite IDF unit. The company’s website has boasted of providing the Golani Brigade “with an ongoing variety of food products for their training or missions, and provide personal care packages for each soldier that completes the path.”

The Strauss Group has also said it gives funds to the IDF unit for “welfare, cultural and educational activities, such as pocket money for underprivileged soldiers, sports and recreational equipment, care packages, and books and games for the soldiers’ club.”

Boycott Indigo


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

Every friday, silent vigil in protest against the occupation.

Time: Noon - 1 pm

Place:529 Jarry East, Montreal, Quebec H2P 1V4, (metro Jarry)

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