Posts Categorized: News

What’s stopping Israel from completing the separation barrier?

Maya Ilany, Yachad’s deputy director in The Jewish News, June 15 2018   “It is the political calculations of the settler movement, as opposed to security concerns, that resulted in this bill being voted down in the Knesset, proving again, that it is ideology that often drives decisions that are purported to be carried out in the name of security. Any supporter of Israel who wants the country to have a safe and secure future must ask themselves who will pay the price for these political games?”   To read the full piece click here.

Jeremy Corbyn fails to condemn militants in fresh attack on Israel

Reports on our response to Jeremy Corbyn’s statement in The Jewish News and The Jewish Chronicle, June 6 2018: The Jewish News: “A spokeswoman for Yachad said: “Corbyn’s failure to mention Hamas’s role in the demonstrations, or that there were armed protesters at the border fence, is a serious misrepresentation of what has been taking place at the Israeli-Gaza border. He entirely dismisses the legitimate security concerns that Israel faces.” Click here to read the full article.   The Jewish Chronicle: “Yachad UK, which campaigns for a two-state solution, condemned Mr Corbyn’s statement, calling it “a serious misrepresentation” of events on… READ MORE »

Yachad’s statement on the barrage of rockets from Gaza in the Jewish News

Hannah Weisfeld, Yachad’s director and founder, in The Jewish News, May 22 2018   Yachad’s Hannah Weisfeld said “firing indiscriminately into a civilian population is unacceptable and should be wholeheartedly condemned”. She added: “Without a political agreement and the leadership to forge one, violence on the Gaza border will continue with all peoples living in a constant state of fear.”

Our community risks tearing itself apart if we do not recognise there are multiple truths

Hannah Weisfeld, Yachad’s director and founder, in The Jewish Chronicle, May 30 2018   “The sad reality about the debate raging in the British Jewish community about how we should respond to the violent events of the past few week is that it masks the most important question which is how to prevent another round of violence, and what role we have as British Jewish supporters of Israel in lending our support to those on the ground who are desperately searching for a political resolution to this conflict. Because when the dead are buried, the one truth that will remain is that… READ MORE »

As a proud Israeli I want peace. Killing Gazans won’t bring that

Maya Ilany, Yachad’s deputy director in The Guardian, May 16 2018   “The Israeli government, which leads a state founded by Jewish refugees from all over the world 70 years ago who chose to take their fate into their own hands, is saying that the status quo is the only option. Meanwhile Palestinians are paying for the lack of brave leadership with their blood. Even if – for the sake of argument – all those who were killed on Monday had been terrorists, and the soldiers had no other choice, what next? What is the Israeli and Palestinian leadership doing to… READ MORE »

Hannah Weisfeld On BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate

14 May 2018 Yachad’s Director, Hannah Weisfeld, On BBC Asian Network’s Big Debate:  “This idea that two people living in a perpetual state of conflict and occupation and war will be able to live indefinitely like that… There’s no historical precedence for that at all. If you look at the reality on the ground today, it might be holding temporarily in a very unpleasant way but it won’t hold long-term.”

Yachad’s Director, Hannah Weisfeld, in the The Jewish Chronicle

What Israel Means to me? First published on The Jewish Chronicle, 13 April 2018 “Growing up, Israel was always central to my Jewish identity — a source of culture, history and heritage. Rarely did a Friday night dinner take place in the Weisfeld household without Israel being a topic of conversation. It is the place I had some of my most formative experiences as a young person. There is much to celebrate in Israel’s accomplishments. Yet when I look to the future I worry. Israel won’t be able to survive as a Jewish and democratic state without a resolution to the conflict… READ MORE »

Yachad Student Campaign in The Jewish News

This article has been co-written by Ella Taylor-Fagan & Noah Libson. 12 April 2018 “This data illuminated an eye-opening visit a group of students on a Yachad trip made to Umm al-Kheir, an unrecognised Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills whose lands were appropriated to build the neighbouring settlement of Carmel. What we heard is the effect of knowing that receiving a permit for building a home on your own land is – as a UN representative stated – “virtually impossible”: you either live in squalid conditions, or accept that your home will be among the 12,532 structures in Area C under demolition order. What… READ MORE »

The Jewish Chronicle Interview with Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish

Ben Weich, The Jewish Chronicle, 29 March 2018 “In the aftermath of the attack he and his surviving children moved to Canada, where he is currently the Associate Professor of Global Health at the University of Toronto. He was in London last week as the keynote speaker at Yachad UK’s gala dinner.” Read the full interview here.  

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt backs Yachad’s anti-demolitions campaign

The Jewish News, 23 March 2018 Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has told a Jewish audience that campaigns against Israeli West Bank demolitions “have been instrumental in halting some activity up to now” and urged critics of the country’s policies in the region  to “continue to speak out”. Burt was keynote speaker at Yachad’s gala dinner on Sunday,  speaking to an audience of 200. He stated his support for the organisation, which he described as a “moderate voice in a world which is exceptionally binary”.   Click here to read the full article