Posts Categorized: Press releases

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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

Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s Press Conference

16 February 2017: Statement on Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference “So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.” Yesterday, President Trump appeared to back away from decades of US and international commitment to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is unclear exactly what he meant, but what is clear is that there is no “one-state solution” that can satisfy both the annexationists who populate Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition and the majority of both Palestinians and Israelis. There will be no political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that does… READ MORE »

Press Release on Legalisation Law

06/02/17, London: British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation Yachad – which campaigns for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – has condemned as “disastrous” the outpost ‘legalisation’ law that passed the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, this evening. The new law, passed hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to London where he assured Prime Minister Theresa May that Israel “will never give up on our quest for peace”, retroactively legalises thousands of housing units built in dozens of settlements across the West Bank. Echoing the words of opposition lawmaker and former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who described the bill as… READ MORE »

Statement on new building in West Bank settlements

24/01/17 Commenting on the Israeli government’s approval of the construction of 2,500 new housing units in West Bank settlements, Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld said: “This attempt to take advantage of the change in American administration to establish new facts on the ground is grossly irresponsible. Building thousands more homes in settlements which are illegal under international law and which directly undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state will push back the cause of peace and heighten the risk of increased violence. At a time when we should be doing everything we can to bring Israelis and Palestinians back to… 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 »