Posts Categorized: Press releases

Yachad Welcomes Government Announcement on Settlement Expansion Plans

25/02/2020, LONDON The British-Jewish movement for a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine, Yachad, welcomes the UK government condemnation of Israel’s plans to expand settlements in southern Jerusalem. The new Middle East Minister, James Cleverly, urged Israel to “to reverse this decision immediately.” In a statement[1], the Minister said that the construction of “illegal” Settlement in Givat Hamatos and Har Homa “undermines the viability of a future Palestinian state with its capital in East Jerusalem”. This statement is a response to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement[2] last week of plans to build 3,000 homes in a new Jewish neighborhood in East Jerusalem’s… READ MORE »

Yachad Calls BoD’s response to the UN’s list of companies operating in settlements is “hypocritical and misguided”

Yachad’s response to the BoD comment about UN’s list of companies operating in West Bank settlements: “The BoD’s response to the UN’s list of companies operating in settlements is hypocritical and misguided. The claim that the UN singles out Israel is simply wrong. In truth, this is something the UN does regularly – they have previously published lists of companies involved with Myanmar’s army, the conflict in the DRC and various other conflicts. “By opposing this distinction between Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, it is actually the BoD that is singling out Israel and asking to exempt it of… READ MORE »

British Jewish group calls the UK to reject Trump’s plan of “perpetual occupation and conflict”

29/01/2020, LONDON The British-Jewish movement for a two-state solution in Israel-Palestine, Yachad, calls the UK government to reject Trump’s “one-sided” deal which will lead to “perpetual occupation and conflict”. The plan includes US recognition of Israeli annexation of settlements in the occupied West Bank. Reacting to Tuesday’s announcement, Yachad, which represents thousands of Zionist British Jews, said: “Annexation will not only destroy any chance of a viable Palestinian state, it will also risk Israel’s hard-won peace with Jordan, widely acknowledged as one of Israel’s most important strategic assets.” The group said it is “alarmed” that UK PM Boris Johnson has… READ MORE »

Yachad’s Statement on Trump’s “Deal of the Century”

US President Donald Trump is set to release his Israel-Palestine peace plan imminently. Although the contents of the plan have been very closely guarded, a number of leaks and reports about the content of the agreement have indicated that the plan will move away from the two-state solution and instead focus on “new and different ways to reach peace”. It is likely to offer a ‘state-minus’ to the Palestinians, rather than an independent, sovereign state. Our Statement on Trump’s “Deal of the Century”: “Trump’s one-sided approach, that ignores the concerns and priorities of one of the parties, will only prolong… READ MORE »

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 »

Jewish Community Must Speak Up Against Jewish-Supremacists, Say Yachad

21.02.2019, LONDON, pro-Israel group Yacahd says allies of Israel must speak up against the new right-wing merger in Israel with the “terror-supporting” group, Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power). Last night it was announced that two right-wing parties in Israel – Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), and Otzma Yehudit, would merge in the upcoming elections in Israel this April. Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, orchestrated the merge, working tirelessly for weeks publicly and behind the scenes, to ensure both parties would run together in the upcoming elections and secure enough votes to pass the 3.25% electoral threshold. Otzma Yehudit is a group… READ MORE »

Yachad Welcomes UJS Support of Israeli Civil Society NGOs and Two-State Solution

Monday, December 10th, 2018 Yachad’s student outreach worker, Esther Craven, said that the passing of the motions in support of Israeli NGOs and the two-state solution show that “Jewish students are deeply committed to Israel and upholding its safety and democracy”. The Union of Jewish Students’ conference passed motions yesterday in support of Israel’s democratic civil society NGOs, including Breaking the Silence, B’Tselem and Yesh Din and in support of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The motion supporting Israeli civil society NGOs was proposed by Yachad student activist, Noah Libson, of Goldsmiths University, London. The motion states that… READ MORE »

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 »