Posts Categorized: 2017 Updates

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 »

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