Posts Categorized: Press releases

Yachad: Using the Nation-State Law to Defend Land Grab Law is “Disastrous”

10/08/18, London. The British-Jewish organisation Yachad speaks up against the use of the recently passed Nation-State law to defend controversial outpost legalisation. An attorney representing the State of Israel in court said he plans to apply the Jewish nation-state law in his defense of the contentious “Legalisation” law that allows the Israeli government to confiscate thousands of acres of privately owned Palestinian land and allocate it for settlers. Harel Arnon, who is representing the state on the Legalisation law, told the Walla news site that the Nation-State law, which promotes Jewish settlement, “certainly impacts the Legalisation Law,” and that it… READ MORE »

UK Pro-Israel Group: Demolishing Bedouin Village Would Endanger Israel-UK Relationship

5/7/18, London. The British-Jewish organization Yachad speaks up against the planned demolition of Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar in the West Bank and says it endangers the two-state solution and Israel’s relations with its key allies. The Israeli Supreme Court approved the demolition of the Bedouin community Khan al-Ahmar in May, ruling that it was built illegally. The destruction of Khan al-Ahmar and the forced removal of its 180 residents imminent. Yesterday in Parliament a number of ‘pro-Israel’ MPs denounced the demolition including the Conservative Friends of Israel chair, Stephen Crabb, and the British-Jews parliamentary group co-chair, Wes Streeting, who said… READ MORE »

Leading Israeli Lawyer Defending Palestinian Victims of Israeli Occupation in London

11/06/2018, LONDON – Israel’s leading human rights lawyer, Michael Sfard, will speak at a series of joint Yachad[1] and New Israel Fund[2] events in London. Michael Sfard has worked for decades to obtain justice for those who have suffered in a multiple of ways as a direct result of Israel’s ongoing occupation. On Monday 2nd July Sfard will discuss his powerful and riveting new book ‘The Wall and the Gate’, which examines the core ethics of legal human rights work in Israel, with award-wining journalist, Jonathan Freedland. Sfard had recently challenged the IDF’s open fire regulations on the Israel-Gaza border… READ MORE »

Yachad Condemns Attack on Israeli Towns

29/05/2018, LONDON. Britain’s pro-Israel, pro-peace movement condemns this morning attacks on Israel and say leadership should “prevent the next round of violence”. Responding to the events in Israel this morning where a barrage of twenty-eight mortar shells were fired at Israeli towns near the Gaza Strip, with at least two exploding inside the communities, one in a kindergarten backyard, Yachad’s Director, Hannah Weisfeld, said the status quo puts Israelis at risk. Yachad’s Director, Hannah Weisfeld, said: “This morning the largest barrage of rocket fire hit southern Israel since the 2014 Israel-Gaza war (Operation Protective Edge). Thankfully no one was injured… READ MORE »

British Jews Speak Up Against Deadly Clashes in Gaza

14/05/18, London: British, Jewish pro-Israel group Yachad has said global leaders are responsible for the deadly clashes at Gaza border. Protests near the Gaza border have escalated today with over 40 Palestinians reported killed by Israeli gunfire at Gaza border – the most violent clashes to date. Some 40,000 demonstrators marched towards the border fence only hours before the opening ceremony of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Hamas has reportedly called protestors to breach the heavily fortified border security fence. The demonstrations against the US embassy move are also taking place on the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, a… READ MORE »

Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt, Attends Yachad Gala: “Moderate Voice in a World Which is Exceptionally Binary”

19/03/2018, London: Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt, attended Yachad’s Gala evening in London last night, speaking to an audience of over 200 of the organisation’s supporters.  In his speech he stated his support for the organisation, which he described as a “moderate voice in a world which is exceptionally binary.” During the evening the Minister met the Yachad student activists involved in the #DontSettleForThis campaign – the campaign against demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank[1]. The Minister said that the British government considers these demolitions “unacceptable” and praised the students for “raising awareness of this within the Jewish… READ MORE »

Jewish Students Bring Campaign about Demolitions of Palestinian Villages in the West Bank to Israeli Embassy

16th March 2018, LONDON. A group of Jewish students, from across the UK, has met the Israeli Deputy Ambassador, Sharon Bar-li, and asked Israel to stop the demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank. #DontSettleForThis campaigners, who campaign against the demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank, have met with the Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the UK, Sharon Bar-li, and secured a meeting with the International Development Select Committee Chair, Stephen Twigg MP. The students behind the campaign have recently been on a trip to the region, organised by Yachad, which included a visit to the Bedouin village… READ MORE »

Jewish Students Bring Campaign about Demolitions of Palestinian Villages in the West bank to Parliament and Israeli Embassy

#DontSettleForThis campaigners have secured meetings with the International Development Select Committee Chair, Stephen Twigg MP, and Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the UK, Sharon Bar-li, to discuss the demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank. The students behind the campaign have recently been on a trip to the region, organised by Yachad, which included a visit to the Bedouin village of Umm al-Kheir in the West Bank. The village, in which only one house has legal status under Israeli military law, is currently under a demolition order. The group has launched the campaign earlier this week and asked for urgent… READ MORE »

Jewish Students Speak Up Against Demolitions of Palestinian Villages in the West Bank

London, UK, 5th March 2018 A group of Jewish students, from across the UK, has launched a campaign today against the Israeli government’s policy of issuing demolition orders on Palestinian villages in the West Bank. The students recently visited the West Bank including the Bedouin village of Umm al-Kheir, currently under a demolition order, in which only one house has legal status under Israeli military law. The visit was organised by Yachad, the British-Jewish, pro-Israel, pro-peace movement that campaigns for a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to the occupation. The students have asked for urgent meetings… READ MORE »

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 »