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Stabbing Attack in Ariel – 5 February 2018

After the fatal stabbing attack in Ariel on Monday, 5 February, Yachad said: “Itamar Ben-Gal, an Israeli man and father of four, has been killed in a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Ariel. At this time, our thoughts are with his family. His death is a tragedy, and his killing should be condemned by all.” Click here to see this message on Facebook

President Abbas’s PCC speech “deeply troubling”

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech on Sunday at the Palestinian Central Council is deeply troubling. Denying the Jewish link to Israel, and trafficking in conspiracy theories claiming Israel is importing drugs to the Occupied Territories, are both utterly unacceptable. Similarly, the Central Council’s threat to withdraw Palestinian recognition of Israel is a regressive move, taking both sides further from a political resolution to the conflict. It is important to remember how we got here. The hopelessness on display in the Palestinian territories – which has been widely documented in opinion polling and is now finding political expression through President… READ MORE »

Statement on Havat Gilad terror attack – 10/01/18

Last night, Rabbi Raziel Shevach, an Israeli father of 6, was shot dead in a terror attack near the outpost of Havat Gilad in the northern West Bank. Our thoughts are with his family. This attack should be condemned in the strongest terms by everyone who seeks peace and a political resolution to the conflict. Above all, this murder is a personal tragedy for the family and friends of Rabbi Shevach, but – as has happened in the past – it also risks being a spark for increased violence and terror. We hope and pray that does not happen. May… READ MORE »

Limmud Festival 2017

We can’t wait for Limmud Festival 2017 in Birmingham. If you’re going to Limmud, make sure to check out the following sessions from Yachad staff & board members, and from organisations we work with regularly: Yachad Sessions  Tuesday, 12:10 – 50 years of Occupation – where to now? Atira Winchester, Jessica Montell & Frima Bubis – Red 5 Now in its 50th year, the Occupation of the West Bank has had an eroding effect on Israel’s moral fibre. In this session, representatives from some of Israel’s most prominent human rights NGOs will be joined by New Israel Fund and Yachad… READ MORE »

Response to President Trump’s Jerusalem Announcement

6 December 2017 As Jews, Jerusalem is central to our people and our history. At the same time, Jerusalem is also crucially important to other religions, and other peoples. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem is also a divided city. Attempts to alter its geopolitical status should take place within the context of negotiated agreements, not unilateral declarations. Large portions of the municipality lie beyond the Green Line and therefore outside of Israel’s sovereign territory. The 37% of Jerusalemites who are Palestinians, who live in a Jerusalem that most Israeli and American politicians will never see, deserve the same… READ MORE »

100 Years Since Balfour

100 years ago today, on November 2 1917, Lord Balfour, the Foreign Secretary, wrote a letter to Lord Rothschild, a Zionist & Jewish community leader, declaring: “His Majesty’s Government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” Alongside the official commemorations, the Balfour centenary… READ MORE »

Yachad: New Israeli settlement building in Hebron “reckless”

16/10/2017, London: Yachad, the British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace group, has condemned the Israeli government’s decision to approve new building permits for Israeli settlers in the West Bank city of Hebron today. The 31 housing units approved by the IDF Civil Administration represent the first new building permits issued to Israeli settlers in Hebron in 15 years. A Yachad spokesperson said: “This reckless decision flies in the face of common sense, international law and Israel’s own security needs. Increasing the size of a small Israeli settlement in the heart of the West Bank’s largest Palestinian city will only damage Israeli security,… READ MORE »

Coming up: November 2017 Events

We’ve got a number of exciting events and opportunities to get involved with Yachad coming up over the next few months. Click on the links or scroll down to learn more: Balfour 100 | Noa Landau in Conversation | Young Professionals Trip | Yachad is Recruiting Balfour 100: 16 November @ Burgh House, NW3 In the centenary month of the Balfour Declaration, Yachad and New Israel Fund ask: How true has Israel been to the original vision of Balfour? What concerns did the Declaration present at the time, and what challenges does it present to us today both here in the UK and… READ MORE »

Terrorist Attack in Har Adar, 26 September 2017

We wake up this morning to the awful news that three Israelis have been killed and one injured in a shooting attack at the settlement of Har Adar, outside Jerusalem. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. This attack should be condemned by all who seek peace and a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There can be no justification for this violence. Every death in the face of conflict and terror is a tragedy, and we hope that leaders on both sides take the necessary steps to avoid further tragedies and an escalation of violence in the… READ MORE »

Jerusalem Day 2017

Today is Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day – marking fifty years since the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War. Today we’re grateful for the return of Jewish life and prayer to the Old City, to the Kotel and some of our holiest sites. But Jerusalem is not united, and Yom Yerushalayim is not a simple celebration of our people’s return to our holy places. This afternoon, young Jewish Israelis have been dancing through the streets of the Muslim Quarter of the Old City in the March of Flags. Every year, Palestinian businesses in the Muslim Quarter are shut… READ MORE »