Posts Categorized: Archived Campaigns

Candidates’ Responses

Below you can find the current list of responses received to Yachad’s three questions for 2017 General Election candidates, listed alphabetically by constituency. If you have heard back from your candidates but their reply does not feature in the list below, please forward their email to info@yachad.org.uk Skip to a constituency: Cambridge East Dunbartonshire Enfield Southgate Finchley & Golders Green Hampstead & Kilburn Ilford North   Cambridge Julian Huppert, Liberal Democrat candidate: Thank you for the email, and for taking this stance. I agree that we need a two-state solution, and that the occupation and in particular the way Netanyahu… READ MORE »

Election 2017

The snap General Election falls in the same week as the 50th anniversary of the 6 Day War. While we go to the polls in the UK, Israel will be marking 50 years since the country’s survival was ensured in battle. Since then, however, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has raged on, and Israel’s future is threatened by 50 years of military occupation of the West Bank and the continued lack of progress towards a political resolution between Israel and the Palestinians. At Yachad, we’re committed to a safe and secure Israel at peace with the Palestinians. That’s why, in the run-up… READ MORE »

Legalisation

“The passing of the so-called ‘legalisation’ bill is a dark moment in the Knesset’s history. The law retroactively legalises at least 55 settlement outposts and nearly 4000 housing units that were built without permission on land owned by private Palestinian landowners in the West Bank. These outposts have always been considered illegal under Israeli law. The governing coalition has acted with disregard towards the rule of law, the rights of private Palestinian landowners and the basic security of ordinary Israelis. As supporters of Israel in the UK, we cannot sit by while its government legitimises common theft. We share the… READ MORE »

Partners To Peace

Yachad Youth have launched their exciting new Partners To Peace campaign, raising £8000 to support the Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian NGO based in Bethlehem, to train young people in non-violent activism and leadership. Click here to find out more, and click here to donate.  

Yachad letter on UNESCO

In response to a draft UNESCO resolution which fails to affirm the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Yachad sent this letter to the British Ambassador to UNESCO: Download the letter here UPDATE: UNESCO passed the resolution this afternoon (13/10/2016), with 24 voting for, 26 abstaining, and 6 – including the UK – against. The letter below was sent this morning, before the vote.

PM Netanyahu’s Visit

In early September Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit the UK on a parliamentary visit. He is expected to meet with Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss a number of issues. The Iran deal is likely to be top of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s agenda. According to news reports, Prime Minister Cameron plans to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and the Syrian civil war. This is an opportunity for us as British Jews to ask our own elected officials – our Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary – to let Prime Minister Netanyahu know that we… READ MORE »

Susiya: Further clarification information

The response from the Israeli embassy to individuals who have written to protest against demolitions in Susiya fails to include much of the context and history of both Susiya and the application of planning laws in Area C of the West Bank. Palestinians living in Area C build without permits because permits are extremely difficult, and often impossible, to get. 94% of applications from Palestinians in Area C were denied in 2014. Between 2000 and 2007, only 91 permits were granted; in 2010, only seven. The villagers of Khirbet Susiya submitted five alternative master-plans to the planning committee of the… READ MORE »

Susiya FAQs

Where is Susiya? Susiya is a Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank. The majority of the village is in Area C which means it is under full Israeli control and any decisions about building and civilian infrastructure have to be dealt with by the Civil Administration which is a department of the IDF. How long has the village been there for? The Palestinian village of ‘Khirbet Susiya’ has existed in the South Hebron Hills since at least the 1830s. It is also marked on British mandate maps from 1917 (Click here to see maps from 1880, 1935… READ MORE »

Save Susiya

The village of Khirbet Susiya in the South Hebron Hills is under threat of demolition. Click here to email Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood today. Since 2011, we have been taking groups to the village of Susiya in the South Hebron Hills in the West Bank. We have built a positive relationship with the Palestinian residents of Susiya. Since 1986, residents of Susiya have been moved at least 5 times from their homes, with structures being demolished, throwing the community deeper into poverty and significantly damaging Israel’s standing in the international community. On August 15th, Defence Minister… READ MORE »