Posts Categorized: 2018 News

The example Uri Avnery set was without fear or bias

A piece by Yachad’s Amos Schonfield and Maya Ilany in The Jewish News August 20, 2018 The main theme of Avnery’s life, the idea of the pioneering spirit, is more impressive when we look back. He lived out his Zionist ideals throughout the 1930s and 40s and fought to realise what became State of Israel. He was among the earliest proponents of justice and peace, calling for a political settlement to the Israeli occupation in 1967. Whether it was losing a place in the pantheon of Israel’s founding generation or losing a place in his own mother’s will, Avnery’s personal sacrifices… READ MORE »

Veteran Israeli peace campaigner Uri Avnery dies aged 94

Jewish News August 20, 2018 Anti-occupation group Yachad paid tribute to the 94-year-old campaigner, saying he “fought for the establishment of the State of Israel, and as a peace fighter, he fought for its character as a Jewish and democratic state. “A pioneer of investigative journalism in Israel Avnery was always one step ahead of everyone else, challenging the status quo. Never preaching without practising.” “The eternal optimist did not get to see his vision of peace coming true, and there is still a lot of work to do to make this vision a reality. It is sad that all those… READ MORE »

Israel cannot destroy Hamas. The only option left is to talk to them

A piece by our deputy director, Maya Ilany, in The Jewish Chronicle. 09 August 2018 “The truth is there is no military solution and both sides know that this round of violence can only end with an agreement – most likely one which is identical to the one that is currently on offer. The question now is how much blood will be spilled to get there. A far-sighted leadership would pursue an agreement now.” To read the full piece click here.

Labour’s antisemitism failure means it cannot be a credible critic of Israel

A piece by Yachad’s Director Hannah Weisfeld and Alex Sobel MP in The Guardian. 09 August 2018 “Imagine if the British government was the Labour party in its current form, unable to resolve an antisemitism crisis, and it wanted to criticise Israel’s decision to adopt the “nation state” law. The law has been heavily criticised within Israel and beyond, including by both of us. The British Jewish organisation, Yachad, encouraged its supporters to “speak up in opposition to this racist bill which turns minorities in Israel into second-class citizens” and Alex Sobel, alongside parliamentary colleague Wes Streeting MP, tabled an early day motion calling for the British… READ MORE »

Board of Deputies criticises Israel’s new ‘regressive’ Nation State law

The Jewish Chronicle, July 19, 2018. Yachad, the campaign group for a two-state solution, condemned it. “As British Jews who enjoy the protection of our rights as a minority in the UK, we must speak up in opposition to this racist bill which turns minorities in Israel into second class citizens,” a spokesman said. “This bill is a gift to all those who seek to deny the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and endangers the future of the Jewish homeland.” To read the full piece click here.

Israeli Knesset passes controversial Nation State Bill

The Jewish News, July 19, 2018. A spokeswoman for Yachad in the UK said the bill “runs counter to Israel’s Declaration of Independence which enshrines freedom and democracy for all Israelis irrespective of their faith, race or sex”. She added: “As British Jews who enjoy the protection of our rights as a minority, we must speak up in opposition to this racist bill which turns minorities in Israel into second class citizens… It is a gift to all those who seek to deny the Jewish people’s right to self-determination and endangers the future of the Jewish homeland.” To read the… READ MORE »

Labour needs to realise Jews’ identity is inexorably linked to Israel

Yachad’s director Hannah Weisfield response to Jon Lansman’s claim Labour was right to reject the IHRA definition of antisemitism in The Jewish Chronicle. July 13 2018   “Lansman is correct that there are many Jews who are critical – to different degrees – of policies of the Israeli government. Yachad has not once shied away from criticising the Israeli government but has always felt the IHRA definition reflects the vast majority of Jewish opinion. It makes it explicitly clear that it does not see harsh criticism of Israel as antisemitic. It is entirely possible to criticise Israel and fight antisemitism at the same time.”… READ MORE »

Young people today expect more from their tours in Israel

Yachad youth worker Amos Schonfield says we must embrace the debate — not shut it down — if we want young people to care about Israel The Jewish Chronicle, July 05 2018 “We have made significant progress here in the UK, in partnership with youth movements and other communal organisations, in broadening the scope of content on organised Israel tour programmes, but there is still much more to be done. The participants I led on the Yachad Student Trip last year visited the unrecognised village of Umm al-Khair and met young Bedouin Palestinians who hadn’t slept for two weeks because… READ MORE »

Corbyn’s right of return call ‘doesn’t square’ with support for two-state solution

Jewish News, June 27, 2018.   Tweeting in response to Corbyn, British Jewish group Yachad said: “This statement is contradictory – you can’t accept the Palestinian demand to settle in sovereign Israel and have a ‘real two-state settlement’. So which one is it – the right of return or the #TwoStateSolution?”   To read the full piece click here.