Posts Categorized: 2017 News

Balfour Declaration: How one letter — 67 words — changed the Middle East

Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 02/11/17 “Hannah Weisfeld, another member of the panel discussion at the Chatham House think tank, said that 100 years later “we’re in a situation where we see a proliferation of celebration and condemnation” and “such conflicting perspectives on what the meaning and purpose of the declaration is.” Weisfeld is the director of Yachad, a Britain-based organization that supports a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.” Read the full article on the USA Today website

Jewish students to debate meaning of Zionism for Balfour centenary

The Jewish News, October 26 2017 “The panel events for students on 6 November, organised by the Union of Jewish Students (UJS) in conjunction with Balfour100, will explore the various meanings and perceptions of Zionism in the Jewish student community. Exploring topics such as self-determination will be representatives from Yachad, Stand With Us, the Zionist Federation and We Believe In Israel.” Click here to read the full article at the Jewish News

‘The conflict is the moral question of our time’

Yoni Kempinski, Arutz Sheva, 30/06/17 “Arutz Sheva spoke to Eitan Schwartz [sic] of the Yachad organization, which works to mobilize British Jews in support of a political resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict through education, debate and advocacy. The interview took place as part of Arutz Sheva’s participation in the delegation to London of Gesher and the Diaspora Affairs Ministry. Yachad describes itself as a pro-Israel, pro-peace organization, said Schwartz, who added, “We have about 5,000 supporters in the UK. We work to get British Jews involved in campaigning for peace in Israel, and we work across the Jewish community… READ MORE »

Yachad lobbying campaign marks ’50 years of Israeli occupation’ since Six Day War

May 16, 2017 – The Jewish News “British Jewish group Yachad has launched a campaign urging community members to contact their MPs and sign a declaration calling for an end to the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank 50 years after it began. “Supporters are being encouraged to ask their local parliamentarians about their views on the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War.” Read the full article on The Jewish News website Learn more about the campaign and take part here  

Report on Yachad Annual Dinner – The Jewish News

Stephen Oryszczuk, The Jewish News, 28/03/17 “Miller, a businesswoman and campaigner who famously took the Government to court over its right to exit the European Union without asking Parliament, was speaking as a last-minute stand-in for hero MP Tobias Ellwood. Addressing an audience at the annual dinner of Yachad, a British Jewish organisation that opposes the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, she said she “completely understood” Middle East Minister Tobias Ellwood’s decision to cancel his keynote speech, days after the terrorist attack in London during which he sought to save the life of a policeman who had been stabbed.” Read… READ MORE »

Report on Yachad Annual Dinner – Jewish Chronicle

Jenni Frazer, The Jewish Chronicle, 28/03/17 “Gideon Smith, the Yachad chairman, told the guests that in its six years of existence the organisation had helped to change the communal discourse on Israel.” Click here to read the full article on the Jewish Chronicle website

Women are crying out for a new approach on the Middle East

Jennifer Lipman, The Jewish Chronicle, March 21 2017 “It’s International Women’s Day when I meet Ben-Yakir, who is with Huda Abu Arqoub, regional director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace and an adviser to Women Wage Peace. They’ve been brought over by Yachad for a whirlwind tour. Despite a non-stop few days, their enthusiasm for explaining why women must be at the heart of the peace process is undiminished.” Click here to read the full article

Israel’s BDS ban embraces logic of the boycott movement

Ethan Schwartz, The Jewish News, 9 March 2017 Another week, another highly contentious offering from Israel’s governing coalition. Last time, it was a law retroactively legalising the theft of privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. This time, it’s a new law preventing entry to Israel by anyone who publicly calls for boycotts of Israel or any territory under Israel’s control (emphasis mine), which, by definition, includes the West Bank Settlements. The results of this new ban are personal for diaspora Jews. Anyone who publicly calls for people to avoid buying products from settlements in the West Bank, a view not uncommon… READ MORE »

Concerns raised about Israel’s anti-boycott law

Orlando Radice, The Jewish Chronicle, March 9 2017 “Hannah Weisfeld, director of the pro-peace advocacy group, Yachad, said the Israeli government was shooting itself in the foot. ‘Regardless of the rights and wrongs of the BDS movement, legislating against people’s right to use boycott as a form of protest is problematic. There are very mixed opinions among the Jewish community around the settlements in particular. I worry this could open a diplomatic crisis between Israel and the wider Jewish community.’” Click here to read the full article on the Jewish Chronicle’s website

Israel parliament approves travel ban for foreign supporters of BDS movement

Lizzie Dearden, The Independent, 7 March 2017 “Hannah Weisfeld, the director of British Jewish organisation Yachad, said there were concerns regular visitors with relatives in Israel could be caught up in the ban. ‘Whilst BDS does not attract significant or mainstream support within Jewish communities, there is a live debate about the settlements with, according to research, the overwhelming majority of the community in UK believing the settlements are a barrier to peace,’ she told The Independent. ‘Within that majority, there are certainly individuals who boycott settlements either publicly or privately, and it is unclear at present whether they may… READ MORE »