Posts Categorized: 2019 Updates

Statement on Lord Pickles’ comment regarding the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement:

Our statement on the recent comments from Lord Pickles regarding the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, at a recent conference in Jerusalem: As British Jews who love Israel and care for the security of our community, we are committed to fighting all forms of antisemitism, racism and bigotry. We recognize that antisemitism can be disguised as anti-Israel or pro-Israel political views. We believe the tactics employed by the BDS movement are misguided and wrong. However, any proposal to ban public bodies from engaging with those who express support for BDS risks harming the right to free speech, whilst doing… READ MORE »

Yachad response to the Brexit Party MEP, Lance Forman, comparison of the EU policy of labelling settlement products to that of German Jews in the 1930s

November 28, 2019 To compare the labelling of settlement products to that of Jews in Germany in the 1930s is wrong, dangerous and anti-Israel. Brexit Party MEP Lance Forman is either ignorant or obtuse about the status of West Bank settlements, which are illegal according to both international and Israeli law. Labelling products from the illegal settlements has little to do with the settlers’ religion, but much to do with the territory in which the products are made. Ironically, blurring the distinction between legitimate Israel within the 1967 border and the illegal settlements beyond it is one thing BDS and… READ MORE »

Statement on today’s escalation between Israel and Gaza

More than 50 rockets have been fired on Israel in the past few hours from the Gaza strip. This attack is a response to Israel’s targeted assassination of Baha Abu al-Ata, the commander of the Islamic Jihad group, in the Gaza strip last night. Rocket sirens in Israel sounded this morning in multiple cities from the Gaza border area and as far north as the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. Schools are closed across southern and central Israel, and civilians have been instructed to stay near bomb shelters and not to go to work. This is the first time that the… READ MORE »

Benjamin Netanyahu pledge to annex West Bank

September 10, 2019 “Netanyahu’s announcement shows the extent to which he is willing to completely undermine the possibility of any kind of resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. “Annexation of the West Bank, partial or full, would make the State of Israel responsible for the daily lives of almost three million Palestinians living inside the West Bank. “Annexation will force Israel to face a stark choice. Either it grants full equality to all Palestinians living in the West Bank, transforming itself into a bi-national state without a Jewish majority, or it refuses to grant those Palestinians equal rights, compromising the basic… READ MORE »

Israeli teenager killed, brother and father seriously wounded in West Bank explosion

August 23, 2019 A 17-year-old teen, Rina Shnerb, was killed this morning by an explosive device in a West Bank spring while hiking with her father and brother, who were moderately and seriously wounded, respectively. At this difficult time, our thoughts are with the Shnerb family and their loved ones. This violence can never be justified and should be condemned in the strongest terms by all those who seek peace and a political resolution to the conflict. This morning’s attack is also a painful reminder to what the “status quo” of the conflict looks like. How many more people need… READ MORE »

Yom Hazikaron 2019

This week we will join Israelis in commemorating all fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism on Yom Hazikaron and in celebrating the country’s 71st Independence Day. It is because of how important that miracle of Israel’s existence is, how bound up our lives are with the Jewish state, that we work to promote an Israel at peace, and a political resolution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. The recent events in the Gaza border region are a painful reminder of the urgent need to do everything we can to achieve a lasting peace between the two people and… READ MORE »

Statement on the recent escalation in the Gaza border region

In the past 48 hours, more than 450 rockets have been launched at Israel, and hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets were struck by the IDF in the Strip. Three Israelis have been wounded and a 58-year-old father of four, Moshe Agadi, has been killed. In the Gaza strip eight people, including a pregnant woman and her toddler were killed. At this point it is important to remember that another round of fighting will not make anyone in the region safer, only a long-term agreement will. Israel has only two options: It can either ‘destroy Hamas’, as Netanyahu threatened… READ MORE »

Yom Hashoah 2019

Today, on Yom Hashoah, we remember the 6 million Jews murdered in the Shoah. We hope for the day when racism, hatred and extremism threaten no one and we recommit ourselves to fighting all forms of intolerance around the world. This Sunday, the Jewish community will ‎gather to remember together the loss of six million and to pay tribute to the Survivors and Refugees for the remarkable contributions they have made to the Jewish community and wider UK society. You are welcome to join the UK National Holocaust Commemoration taking place at the National Holocaust Memorial, Hyde Park. May the… READ MORE »

Racism and extremism should not be allowed to determine the future of Israel

“The gentiles will want to be our slaves. Being a slave to a Jew is the best.” “Yes, we’re racists. We believe in racism… There are races in the world and peoples have genetic traits, and that requires us to try to help them” “The real Holocaust was not when they murdered the Jews, that’s not it… Humanism, and the secular culture of ‘We believe in man,’ that’s the Holocaust.” These statements were made by rabbis at the Bnei David pre-military religious academy in the West Bank settlement of Eli. These rabbis who claim to speak in the name of… READ MORE »

Three takeaways from the Israeli Elections

Israelis are waking up this morning to the news that despite the Netanyahu led Likud party and the Benny Gantz led Kahol veLavan coalition both gaining 35 seats, the path looks much clearer for Netanyahu to build and lead a right-wing coalition, with the bloc gaining 65 seats in total. The final result won’t be known until Thursday when the soldiers and other remaining votes are counted. Three things are clear: First, whilst we may be set to witness the formation of another Netanyahu-led government, a significant number of people in Israel voted for change, and we must remember that in… READ MORE »