Posts Categorized: Latest Updates

Shin Bet declares: Stabbing in Afula yesterday was a terror attack

12 June 2018 18-year-old Shuva Malka was stabbed on the street in Afula yesterday. Malka was on her way to a matriculation examination in citizenship when the stabber approached her. She is now hospitalized and in serious condition. It is unacceptable that children are being stabbed on their way to school. We wholeheartedly condemned this act of terror and wish her a speedy and complete recovery. Originally posted on Yachad’s Facebook page

Former Israeli army spokesman says there’s no military solution to Gaza

Israel has to talk to Hamas. The solution to Gaza isn’t a military one, but rather a political and diplomatic one. A must read by former Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner. Peter Lerner, Haaretz, 06 June 2018. “Israel lacks vision regarding Gaza. All of the options appear to be military force, but even those have been tried and exhausted. The human cost of Israel retaking Gaza from Hamas by military means would be heavy, and would have no guarantee of success in terms of defeating the idea of Hamas – not to mention the possibility of creating a vacuum that could… READ MORE »

Yachad’s response to Jeremy Corbyn’s Gaza statement

  Corbyn’s failure to mention Hamas’s role in the demonstrations, or that there were armed protestors at the border fence, is a serious misrepresentation of what has been taking place at the Israeli-Gaza border. He entirely dismisses the legitimate security concerns that Israel faces. It is possible to both recognise Israel’s grave security challenges, whilst also expressing concern, or even criticising the conduct of the IDF at the Gaza border. They are not mutually exclusive positions. The black and white representation of these issues that has taken places in recent weeks, on all sides of the debate, does nothing to… READ MORE »

28 mortar shells fired from Gaza, one lands in kindergarten – 29 May 2018

After 28 mortar shells fired from Gaza, on Tuesday, 29 May, Yachad said: This morning the largest barrage of rocket fire hit southern Israel since the 2014 Israel-Gaza war (Operation Protective Edge). Thankfully no one was injured despite the rockets falling as children were starting to make their way to school and one rocket falling in a kindergarten backyard. Firing indiscriminately into a civilian population is an unacceptable use of force and should be wholeheartedly condemned. Without a political agreement, and political leadership in the region and the international community to forge one, the violence on the Gaza border will continue… READ MORE »

Official reply from the Board of Deputies in response to Yachad’s letter

We have now received an official reply from the Board of Deputies in response to the letter Yachad supporters’ signed to express their concern about the statement issued by the Board of Deputies about the Gaza crisis.    You can read the response in full by clicking here.   It is disappointing that it failed to address one of the key concerns we raised, related to how the Board of Deputies canvasses the opinions of the British Jewish community to ensure that it represents the wide range of views that exist when it releases public statements.   Jonathan Arkush, the current president, and… READ MORE »

The relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem is a foolish decision designed to inflame tensions in the region

14 May 2018 London, UK – British, Jewish pro-Israel group Yachad has said that the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem, planned to take place on Monday 14th May, to coincide with Jerusalem Day, is designed to inflame tensions at an already highly volatile time. Speaking on the eve of the move, at the same time that American dignitaries were sitting down for a meal with Prime Minister Netanyahu Yachad director, Hannah Weisfeld, issued a harsh rebuke of the decision of President Donald Trump to move the embassy: “The decision by President Trump to move the US embassy as… READ MORE »

Yom Hazikaron Statement 2018

17 April 2018 Tomorrow, Israel will mark Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day, where the country stops to remember the many thousands of citizens who have been killed in wars and terror attacks. Yachad stands together with Israelis and Jews all over the world in honouring the memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror. We honour those who have given their lives in defence of Israel and hope and pray for the day when Israelis and all the peoples of the region can live peacefully side by side, free from violence and terror. Yesterday we were partners at… READ MORE »

Ahead of Tomorrow’s March near the Gaza border fence

Last Friday’s rounds of violence happened as tens of thousands of Palestinians took part in a mass protest near the Gaza border fence as part of the “March of Return”. While there were reported instances of individuals attempting to breach the border fence and engage the IDF, the protests were largely non-violent. The IDF  fired at the protestors and according to Palestinian officials fifteen people were killed and more than 750 wounded. Hamas subsequently stated that five of those killed belonged to its military wing, with the IDF  claiming that 10 of those killed were members of Hamas and other militant organisations. Attempting… READ MORE »

The Great Return March on the Gaza border on 30 March 2018

On 30th March thousands of Palestinian demonstrators walked towards the Israel-Gaza border as part of the Great Return March.   According to the IDF, Palestinian gunmen fired toward troops in one incident, and Palestinian protestors were rolling burning tires and throwing stones towards soldiers. Palestinians claim the protests were largely non-violent. The IDF  fired at the protestors and according to Palestinian officials fifteen people were killed and more than 750 wounded. Hamas subsequently stated that five of those killed belonged to its military wing, with the IDF  claiming that 10 of those killed were members of Hamas and other militant… READ MORE »

#Don’tSettleForThis Student Campaign – The Jewish News

The Jewish News, 05/03/18 “The group, many of whom have attended visits to Israel and the West Bank with British Jewish group Yachad, also told uncritical Jewish community leaders that the Israeli demolitions “runs counter to basic Jewish values of justice”. Their campaign, dubbed #Don’tSettleForThis, sees the next generation of Jews voice their opposition to Israeli policy from campuses including Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, Goldsmiths, Leeds, LSE, Nottingham, Southampton, Sussex, UCL, Warwick and York.” Read the full article on the Jewish News website