Posts Categorized: 2017 News

Critics of Gary Lineker are missing the point

Ethan Schwartz, Yachad Press Officer in The Jewish Chronicle, December 13 2017 “These videos do not make for pleasant viewing, and if choosing, I’d rather spend my time YouTube-ing compilations of Lineker’s best goals for Spurs than arrests of children in occupied Hebron. But that is exactly why we have to watch them.They should shock, because their contents are genuinely shocking. If they damage Israel, it is because the continued occupation of the West Bank damages Israel. This is a lesson many of us have taken to heart. In 2015, Yachad’s student activists raised more than £30,000 to help pay… READ MORE »

Rabbis write to Israeli envoy in protest of Palestinian village demolition

The Jewish News, 4 December 2017 ‘Jewish activists from Yachad say residents “have been moved at least five times from their homes, with structures being demolished, throwing the community deeper into poverty and significantly damaging Israel’s international standing”. They say that if large portions of the village are destroyed, dozens of families will be made homeless, and that this “will plunge an already impoverished community into complete chaos,” adding: “It does nothing to either enhance the security of the state of Israel or protect the rights of the Palestinian people of the region.” In the letter to Regev, published this… READ MORE »

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