Posts Categorized: 2016 News

Youth campaign promotes Palestinian non-violence

Ben Munster, Jewish News, 03/11/2016 A new campaign has been launched by a Jewish youth group which raises money for a Palestinian NGO in order to promote non-violence. Yachad Youth’s ‘Partners to Peace’ initiative looks to raise funds for the Holy Land Trust, a Palestinian based organisation in Bethlehem, whose opposes the use of violence. A group of 30 Jewish Students are taking part, having been inspired by their experiences on Yachad trips to the West Bank. Seeking to help raise £8000 to help fund long-term educational programmes, Durham University student Josh Newmark, said that by “emphasising the mutual need… READ MORE »

Israeli anger at Unesco motion’s failure to link holy site to Judaism

Harriet Sherwood, The Guardian, 13/10/2016 “Before the vote, the British Jewish organisation Yachad, which campaigns for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian land and for a two-state solution, condemned the resolution as “an inflammatory denial of Jewish history” which “serves only to set back the cause of peace in the region by playing into the hands of those on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict who see it as a holy war”.” Read the full article on the Guardian website

‘Inflammatory’ Temple Mount resolution ‘denies Jewish history’

Human rights group Yachad criticised the move which ‘fails to recognise’ the significance of the site for Jews  Stephen Oryszczuk, Jewish News, 13/10/2016 British Jewish group Yachad has condemned the human rights body of the UN for its “inflammatory” resolution on Jerusalem, saying it “denies Jewish history”. Ahead of the vote on Thursday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was criticised for considering whether Temple Mount should be deemed a holy Muslim site. In a letter to Britain’s envoy to UNESCO, Yachad said the wording “fails to recognise the significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism” and… READ MORE »

World’s leading Shoah scholar talks to the JC

Jenni Frazer, The Jewish Chronicle, September 8 2016 “When, in 1946, the British colonial government officials in mandate Palestine were looking for a bright young Jewish scholar to take up a place at Cardiff University, they could scarcely have foreseen their choice would become a world-famous academic. But they chose well in Czech-born Yehuda Bauer, now the doyen of Holocaust historians. Author of dozens of books about the greatest tragedy to befall the Jewish people, Professor Bauer is a barely believable 90, with the liveliest of minds. His conversation skips fluently from discussions of the Warsaw Ghetto to condemnation of… READ MORE »

‘BDS doesn’t want a better Israel — it wants no Israel’

Tamara Zieve, The Jerusalem Post, September 8 2016 ‘Eminent Hebrew University historian Prof. Yehuda Bauer slammed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement on Tuesday night, at a speaking event in London at London’s Jewish community center, the JW3 … Bauer’s visit to the UK was sponsored by the British Yachad organization, whose mission is to build support in the British Jewish community for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. On Wednesday Bauer spoke at a Yachad conference and addressed groups of students, as well as giving an interview to the BBC Radio 4 Today program on modern anti-Semitism. Following… READ MORE »

Yehuda Bauer sets the record straight on Hitler and Zionism

Daniel Sugarman, The Jewish Chronicle, September 7 2016 ‘One of the world’s leading Holocaust historians has attacked the BDS movement, and denounced anti-Zionism as antisemitism. Yehuda Bauer, professor of Holocaust Studies at Hebrew University, was in conversation with Tulip Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, at the JW3 Jewish community centre on Tuesday night. He was brought over from Israel by the Yachad organisation, which describes itself as working “to build active support for a two-state solution in the British Jewish community.”’ Click here to read the full article

BBC Radio 4 Today Programme: September 7 2016

“0834 Where do you draw the lines between criticism of the Israeli government’s policies, anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism? Where does the Labour party’s recent anti-Semitism controversy fit into this framework? Professor Yehuda Bauer Professor Emeritus of History and Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.” Click here to see the item on the BBC website

Yehuda Bauer: ‘BDS driven by a desire abolish Israel’

Jenni Frazer, The Jewish News, September 7 2016 ‘Israel’s leading Holocaust historian has declared the BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions — campaign “a total failure” and denounced it for its true agenda, a desire “to abolish Israel because it is Jewish”. Professor Yehuda Bauer was in conversation with the Labour MP for Hampstead and Kilburn, Tulip Siddiq, at London’s JW3. The event took place under the auspices of the left-wing Zionist group, Yachad, which brought the 90-year-old academic to the UK for a series of meetings.’ Click here to read the full article

UK speaking dates for Yehuda Bauer

Lianne Kolirin, The Jewish Chronicle, August 18 2016 ‘Professor Yehuda Bauer, the world-leading authority on antisemitism and the Holocaust, is to speak at a series of events in London next month. A former chairman of the Yad Vashem Research Institute, Professor Bauer is being hosted by Yachad, a group aiming to build support for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict. Hannah Weisfeld, director of Yachad, said: “It is critically important that we inject academic understanding into the public debate in the UK on antisemitism, anti-Zionism and criticism of Israel. We hope large numbers of people will take this… READ MORE »