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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 # 837, February 24, 2017: Why are East Jerusalem settlements controversial?

The Palestinians want to establish their future capital in East Jerusalem, while Israel sees the whole city as its own capital. While the western part of the city is almost entirely populated by Jews, the eastern part, historically, has been home to Arabs. Since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Jews began moving into that territory, though under international law, settlements in the region (as well as the West Bank and the Golan Heights) are considered illegal. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in December denouncing Israel’s construction of settlements in Palestinian-occupied territory and would view this move as a flagrant violation of it. The United States, still under the leadership of Barack Obama at the time, abstained from the vote, a move seen globally as approval of the resolution.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 836, February 17, 2017: Netanyahu won't cut any deals in Trump's office

By Akiva Eldar February 14, 2017

Translated by Ruti Sinai

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to the two-state solution changes entirely depending on the public or person he is trying to please, and he couldn't advocate it at his Feb. 15 meeting at the White House even if he wanted to.

The prime minister argues that he does support a two-state solution, meaning the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, as he stated in his 2009 Bar-Ilan speech. At their Feb. 15 meeting in Washington, Netanyahu will try to convince his host, President Donald Trump, that those torpedoing the two-state solution are the Palestinians, who refuse to recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, and not the Israelis who have been keeping them under occupation for 50 years and stealing their land.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 835, February 10, 2017: Must Patients In Gaza Be Left To Die?

When Haaretz published a story about female cancer sufferers being denied permits to visit Israel or the West Bank for treatment, most of the responses were distinctly lacking in love for the Arab stranger. Jack Khoury wrote in Haaretz two weeks ago, a story dealing with some female cancer patients from Gaza. They were protesting because the Israeli authorities were preventing them from coming to Israel (or East Jerusalem or the West Bank) for medical treatment.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 834, February 3, 2017: 7,000 Palestinians Held In Israeli jails

by Yael Marom

For the thousands of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails at any given moment, they are subject to a system of occupation and oppression that pursues, threatens and jails as a matter of daily routine. Journalists, scientists, human rights activists and even a clown are among the prisoners.

Since the occupation began in 1967, Israel’s military legal system has jailed anywhere between half a million and 800,000 Palestinians, according to estimates. This is an almost inconceivable number. The saying goes that there are practically no Palestinian homes without someone in jail. The conviction rate of Palestinians who have been arrested and tried in this system stands at around 99 percent. This means that if you are a Palestinian who has been arrested, it is worthwhile agreeing to a plea bargain, because you have almost no chance of being found innocent.

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.

"End the occupation !" PAJU Vigil # 833, January 27, 2017: Jewish settler group 'invited to Donald Trump's inauguration' amid concerns over President-elect's stance on Israel

Yesha Council says it has received invite to ceremony after UN condemns illegal settlements.The Yesha Council, which lobbies in the Israeli government and abroad, was formerly headed by Naftali Bennett, now leader of the right-wing Jewish Home party and Israel’s education minister.

Mr Trump’s transition team has not responded to The Independent’s request for comment and confirmation on whether any groups representing Palestinians or Arab Israelis had also been invited to the inauguration. A record $90m (£73m) has been raised in private donations for the event, which has already sparked controversy over the lack of a A-list of performers willing to sing.


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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