Posts Categorized: 2020 News

Jewish Progressive Groups Beseech Gantz to Include Arab Lawmakers in Government Bid

Judy Maltz, Haaretz, Mar 26, 2020 Leaders of progressive Jewish organizations around the world have urged Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz to form a government that includes the Arab-led Joint List. In a letter sent to the prime ministerial hopeful on Wednesday, leaders of nearly 20 left-wing Zionist organizations wrote that if he chose this path, “we will be there every step of the way to support you.” “We have been appalled by the attempted exclusion from the political sphere of the Joint List, which, in the main, is supported by Arab citizens of Israel, and has every right to play a proportional… READ MORE »

‘The Zionist left established Israel and it almost does not exist any more’

An interview with Avi Dabush, Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights. Avi toured the UK with Yachad in March 2020. Aleks Phillips for The Jewish Chronichle, March 22, 2020 Trying to foster a welcoming Israel has always been something close to Avi Dabush’s heart. The director of the Rabbis for Human Rights campaign group lives in Sderot, a town bordering Gaza which is under constant threat of rocket fire. “For our children, it’s really bad. Most of them are in treatment, including my kids,” he told the the JC earlier this month, at the end of a speaking tour… READ MORE »

Britain criticises United Nations move to list companies operating in the West Bank

The Jewish Chronicle By Michael Daventry, February 14, 2020 Jewish groups in Britain were divided over the list. Marie van der Zyl, president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, called it “the latest example of clear and unacceptable prejudice by the UN”, saying there were more than 100 territorial disputes around the world for which no similar list had been produced. But Yachad, the charity that campaigns for a two-state solution, said the Board’s response was “hypocritical and misguided”. It said: “In truth, this is something the UN does regularly — they have previously published lists of companies involved with Myanmar’s army, the conflict in the Democratic Republic… READ MORE »

British Jews groups join international coalition against Trump’s peace deal

The Jewish News, February 12, 2020 Yachad, Jewish Labour Movement and Habonim Dror join groups from across the world in ‘rejecting this deal’ as being against Jewish values British Jewish groups have joined an unprecedented international coalition of Jewish organisations united against Donald Trump’s proposed Middle East peace deal. Yachad, Jewish Labour Movement and Habonim Dror joined the UK branches of organisations such as New Israel Fund, Meretz and Rabbis for Human Rights to oppose the deal, which would lead to Israeli sovereignty over settlements. The British groups made up some of the 25 liberal Jewish signatory organisations, which include… READ MORE »

Global Coalition against Trump’s ‘sham’ Middle East peace plan

The Jewish Chronicle, February 12, 2020 By Rosa Doherty The Jewish Labour Movement is among 25 organisations from around the world to sign a joint statement against President Trump’s “sham deal” Middle East peace plan, which promises to keep Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital. Mr Trump’s plan, which proposes an independent Palestinian state, includes US recognition of Israeli annexation of settlements in the occupied West Bank. The statement drafted by prominent liberal Jewish organisations calls on world leaders to reject Trump’s “one-sided” deal which does not offer the Palestinians “independence in a sovereign state” and runs counter to “Jewish values… READ MORE »

There’s nothing pro-Israel about Trump’s peace plan

Our Deputy Director, Maya Ilany, in the Independent January 29, 2020 Yesterday US President Donald Trump, alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unveiled his “deal of the century” for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Indeed, conservative commentators were in agreement that this is the best deal Israel could have ever hoped for. The deal – which wasn’t negotiated with Palestinian leaders, and was announced without a single Palestinian present – greenlights Israeli annexation of around a third of the West Bank, leaving the Palestinians with a set of isolated islands in a sea of Israeli territory. Trump’s plan does not offer a roadmap to peace. Instead, it… READ MORE »

Yachad calls on UK Government to reject Donald Trump’s ‘one-sided’ Middle East peace plan

Rosa Doherty for The Jewish Chronicle, January 29, 2020 Yachad, the British organisation that advocates a two-state solution, has urged the UK Government to reject Donald Trump’s “one-sided” Middle East peace plan, which promises to keep Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital. Mr Trump’s plan, which proposes an independent Palestinian state, includes US recognition of Israeli annexation of settlements in the occupied West Bank. Yachad said in a statement: “Annexation will not only destroy any chance of a viable Palestinian state, it will also risk Israel’s hard-won peace with Jordan, widely acknowledged as one of Israel’s most important strategic assets.” The group said it was “alarmed” that… READ MORE »

Trump unveils ‘deal of the century’ for Middle East peace

The Jewish News, January 28, 2020 British Jewish group Yachad, which advocates a two-state solution, said it was a “one-sided deal that will only prolong the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, weaken the peace camp and strengthen extremists on both sides”. To read the full article click here.

Board of Deputies suspend ‘divisive’ survey of deputies’ views on Israel

By Lee Harpin. The Jewish Chronicle,  January 22, 2020 “The BoD is wrong to scrap the survey of deputies’ views on Israel and should reverse this decision. In a statement, Yachad, an organisation which advocates a two-state solution, said: “A representative body, such as the BoD, should embrace an opportunity to find out what our community actually thinks, not fear it. “The BoD claims that a survey will be too divisive, but in Jewish tradition divisions and arguments are celebrated, not silenced. Our strength as a community stems from our ability to disagree respectfully and being true to our values…. READ MORE »

Europe and the tragedy of Israel/Palestine

An article at Social Europe by Stephen Pogány, an emeritus professor of law at the University of Warwick who participated in the 2019 Yachad delegation to Israel and the West Bank. January 3, 2020 As I learnt at first hand during a recent visit to Israel’s occupied territories, there is a widespread conviction among Palestinians that their misfortunes are attributable to Britain. It was a British foreign secretary, Arthur Balfour, who issued the eponymous declaration, in November 1917, which led three decades later to the establishment of Israel and to what Palestinians refer to as the nakba (catastrophe). At least 700,000 Palestinians fled or… READ MORE »