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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 »

Middle East Peace Process Inquiry Evidence

In January 2017, the Foreign Affairs Select Committee launched an inquiry into the UK’s policy towards the Middle East Peace Process. Yachad submitted written evidence on the importance of the two-state solution, the UK’s capacity to act, the role of trade and aid, Israeli settlements, and Palestinian incitement. You can read it below or here on the UK Parliament’s website. You can also download a PDF copy here. Written Evidence from Yachad UK (MEP0034) Content Background to Yachad The continued importance of the two-state solution The UK’s capacity to act Trade and Aid Israeli settlements Palestinian incitement Key recommendations Background… READ MORE »

Yachad’s View on the May 2017 UNESCO Resolution

UNESCO has continued its campaign of politicising religious sites in Israel and the West Bank today. This is unacceptable, but it is important to note that much of the press reporting on the motion and some of the responses of Israeli politicians have been hyperbolic and misleading. This time, UNESCO did not deny Jewish history in Jerusalem, as they did in October last year. Indeed, the motion positively affirms the importance of the Old City of Jerusalem, the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem in the three Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Nor… READ MORE »

Yom Ha’atzmaut Message: Israel at 69

Today is Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. We’re celebrating tonight with Rona Kenan in concert at JW3, hosted together with New Israel Fund UK. Yesterday, Israel marked 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. On Sunday evening, as Yom Hazikaron came in, we marked the day with a livestreaming of the joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremony, organised by the Bereaved Families Forum & Combatants for Peace, before joining the communal Yom Hazikaron ceremony at JW3. A new survey released by the… READ MORE »

British woman killed in Jerusalem stabbing attack

14/04/17 Yachad’s response to the news that a young British woman was killed in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem: “We’re shocked and saddened by the news that a young British woman was killed today in a stabbing attack on the light rail in Jerusalem. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family. There can be no justification for this senseless violence, which should be condemned by all. Concerted action to prevent these ‘lone wolf’ attacks is long overdue.” Also posted on the Yachad Facebook page

Pesach 2017

Pesach is a celebration of our freedom from slavery, tyranny and oppression, and the Seder gives us the opportunity to consider what that freedom means. Every year, we read the story of the exodus, and are called to consider ourselves as though we were once slaves in the land of Egypt. This year, we are approaching the 50th anniversary of the 6-Day War. That means 50 years that the Jewish people have been able to return to pray at the Kotel, the Western Wall in Jerusalem. But it also means 50 years of Israeli military rule over the Palestinian people. SISO,… READ MORE »

Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s Press Conference

16 February 2017: Statement on Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference “So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.” Yesterday, President Trump appeared to back away from decades of US and international commitment to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is unclear exactly what he meant, but what is clear is that there is no “one-state solution” that can satisfy both the annexationists who populate Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition and the majority of both Palestinians and Israelis. There will be no political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that does… READ MORE »

Press Release on Legalisation Law

06/02/17, London: British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation Yachad – which campaigns for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – has condemned as “disastrous” the outpost ‘legalisation’ law that passed the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, this evening. The new law, passed hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to London where he assured Prime Minister Theresa May that Israel “will never give up on our quest for peace”, retroactively legalises thousands of housing units built in dozens of settlements across the West Bank. Echoing the words of opposition lawmaker and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who described the bill as… READ MORE »

Statement on 3000 new settlement homes

01/02/2017 Our view on the approval of 3000 new homes in West Bank settlements: “The announcement of 3000 new housing units in West Bank settlements, coming after the approval in the past two weeks of 2500 homes in the West Bank and over 500 homes in East Jerusalem, is another step by this Israeli government that pushes a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict further away. Establishing more facts on the ground in settlements across the West Bank will signal to the Palestinians that this government is more interested in entrenching the occupation than in returning to negotiations, and are unlikely… READ MORE »

PA Minister’s Comments on Jerusalem

Our response to the Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister’s comments criticising the UN Secretary General for mentioning Jewish history on the Temple Mount: “This is an utterly unacceptable attempt by Adnan al-Husseini, Palestinian Authority Jerusalem Affairs minister, to write the Jewish people out of Jerusalem’s history. As we said in October, when UNESCO resolved – in al-Husseini’s words – that the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif is “of pure Islamic heritage”, this is “an inflammatory denial of Jewish history”. Claims of sole ownership of Jerusalem’s holy sites – from either side – are a direct impediment to peace. The Palestinian Authority should retract… READ MORE »