Posts Categorized: 2016 Updates

UNSC Resolution 2334

On December 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council voted in support of a resolution calling on Israel to cease all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, alongside demanding immediate steps to ‘prevent acts of violence against all civilians’. The resolution firmly recognises the legitimacy of Israel and reiterates the importance of urgently pursuing diplomatic efforts in order to achieve a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the region. The final text can be read in full here. The entire Security Council, including the UK, voted in support of the resolution, with the exception of the USA, who made a bold decision not to exercise their power to veto it, ensuring it could pass. On Thursday, we wrote to Boris Johnson… READ MORE »

Statement on “legalisation” bill after first reading

Yachad released the following statement on the Knesset bill aimed at legalising settlement construction on privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank, after it passed its first reading in the Knesset on 7 December 2016: “The Israeli government cannot claim to support a two-state solution on the one hand, while formalising the appropriation of private Palestinian land for Israeli settlement on the other. This will be taken by hardliners on both sides as confirmation that the settlements – including the roughly 100 ‘outposts’ considered illegal under existing Israeli law – are here to stay, further entrenching a status quo of… READ MORE »

Statement on Settlement Outposts bill

17/11/16 Yachad responded to the bill, which yesterday passed an initial vote at the Knesset, designed to retroactively “legalise” illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank: “This so-called ‘legalisation’ bill is anything but legal. It is an attempt to give a blank cheque to settler leaders and illegal outposts which are designed to prevent a viable, independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, and have long been recognised as illegal by the Israeli government itself. It makes a mockery of Israeli and international law, and is another in a long line of deeply troubling moves that put this Israeli government… READ MORE »

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.

Statement on terror attack at Ammunition Hill, 09/10/2016

10/10/2016 Yesterday, a Palestinian man killed two Israelis during a shooting spree at Ammunition Hill light rail station in Jerusalem. Our thoughts are with the victims, whose lives have been lost, and their families and loved ones, whose lives have been changed forever by this senseless violence. Their names are: Levana Malihi, 60, a Grandmother of 6, & First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29, a police officer. May their memories be a blessing. This terror attack must be condemned in the strongest terms. The celebrations and praise for the attacker from Hamas, Fatah and the crowd who gathered outside the attacker’s… READ MORE »

Shimon Peres (1923-2016)

Israel’s former President & Prime Minister Shimon Peres has died aged 93. The last of his generation of Israel’s founders in public life and a protégé of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, Peres was an iconic figure in Israel and around the world. A key architect of the Oslo accords and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Peres leaves a legacy as a committed hawk who became a leading dove. As a vital figure in Israel’s defence and political establishment over the course of an extraordinary career stretching back to the 1950s, Peres understood that Israel’s long-term security needs require… READ MORE »

Dispatches from the Centre for Jewish Non-Violence Delegation

Emily Hilton, 20/07/16 For the past ten days I have been on the Centre for Jewish non-violence delegation, an organisation of diaspora Jews who want to do solidarity activism with Palestinian communities living in the West Bank in order to challenge the Occupation. As a Jew and as someone who has been engaged with Israel for most of my life, I feel that the Occupation challenges the moral fibre of what it means to be Jewish and to support Israel. It is for this reason, having been strongly educated and campaigned around many of these issues in the past I… READ MORE »

Response to Chakrabarti Inquiry Report on Anti-Semitism

30/06/16: We welcome the strong statements in the Chakrabarti Inquiry report against the use of “Zio” & “Zionist” as a pejorative, references to Hitler and the Nazis in relation to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and stereotyping of Jews. However, the important test now is for a change of culture in the Labour Party and in wider progressive circles to ensure, in Chakrabarti’s words, “a truly welcoming environment” for Jewish people. That is the measure by which the long-term impact of this report will be judged.

Yachad Comment: Agriculture minister Uri Ariel suggests transfer of Palestinians from Area C

08/06/16 Utterly unacceptable proposal from Agriculture minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) to “remove a few thousand Arabs” from Area C of the West Bank – the 60% of West Bank land entirely controlled by Israel – and then annex it. In reality, there are around 300,000 Palestinians living in Area C. Minister Ariel’s suggestion is morally wrong, illegal, and – in practical terms – impossible. Context: “Minister: Empty West Bank Area C of Palestinians, annex it”, The Times of Israel First posted on Facebook

Labour MKs come out against suspending ties

Labour MKs Michal Biran and Itzik Shmuli have come out against suspending ties between the Israeli Labour party and UK Labour party – responding to a call to do so from MK Nachman Shai. See their letter here, or the full text below: Dear Isaac Herzog MK, Chairman of the Israeli Labour Party We have read the letter of our colleague Nachman Shai MK calling for a suspension of ties with the British Labour Party. There is no doubt that the election of Jeremy Corbyn MP as the Leader of British Labour Party and the recent statements coming from other… READ MORE »