Posts Categorized: New 2019

Anti-Occupation Jews blockade lecture by ‘extremist’ pro-settlement group in London

The Jewish Chronicle, by Ben Weich, December 5, 2019 In October, Regavim was condemned as a group of “Jewish extremists” by Yachad, a UK-based group campaigning for a two-state solution. Yachad also said it was “disappointed” that UKLFI chose to host the group, pointing to the homophobic and anti-LGBT politics of its co-founder, Israeli MK Bezalel Smotrich. Click here for the full article.

US says Jewish settlements in West Bank no longer ‘illegal’

The Jewish News, November 19, 2019 A spokeswoman for British Zionist organisation Yachad, which is currently leading a fact-finding trip to Israel and the West Bank, reiterated that point. “This week we have been learning about the reality of occupation and the impact of settlements on both Palestinians and Israelis,” she said. “No declaration by the Trump administration will change the fact that settlement expansion weakens Israel’s security by making peace harder to achieve. Settlements are built on occupied Palestinian territory. They violate international law and pose a serious obstacle to peace.” To read the full article, click here.

Newly-formed activist groups hopes to offer a new solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict

The Jewish Chronicle’s Ben Weich talked to Alon Lee-Green and Sally Abed of the Jewish-Arab grassroots movement of Israel, Standing Together. Yachad hosted Alon-Lee and Sally in the UK for a week-long campus-speaker tour. November 22, 2019 Standing Together (Omdim B’Yachad) aims to end the conflict by campaigning on issues that affect both communities It can sometimes feel as though there are as many newly-formed activist groups springing up to offer a new solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict as there are grains of sand in the world. But the idea underpinning Standing Together (Omdim B’Yachad) is different in that it… READ MORE »

Israel and Gaza exchange fire after IDF strike kills Islamic Jihad commander

The Jewish Chronicle, November 12, 2019 Yachad, the UK-based Jewish movement that campaigns for a two-state solution, said: “our thoughts and prayers are with the people on both sides of the Gaza border. Israelis deserve to live without being subjected to indiscriminate rocket fire. Both sides deserve to feel safe and secure. “As tensions escalate between Israel and Gaza, it is important to remember that another round of violence will not make anyone safer, only brave political leadership will.” To read the full report click here.

VIDEO: Watch the terrifying moment a rocket from Gaza hits a busy Israeli road

The Jewish News, November 12, 2019 Yachad UK, which campaigns for peace and against Israel’s presence in the West Bank said: “our thoughts and prayers are with the people on both sides of the Gaza border. Israelis deserve to live without being subjected to indiscriminate rocket fire. Both sides deserve to feel safe and secure. “As tensions escalate between Israel and Gaza, it is important to remember that another round of violence will not make anyone safer, only brave political leadership will.” To read the full piece click here.

What British Jews can learn from minorities in Israel

Yachad student Bea Mandelstam writes for The Jewish News about what British Jews can learn from minorities in Israel. When we talk about the relationship between diaspora Jews and Israel we almost always refer to the strong link between Jewish people around the globe and the world’s only Jewish state. But as British Jews – a minority group in a democratic country – we also have much in common with minority groups in Israel. With the rising threats to our community  and other minorities in recent years as well as our community’s growing fears for its safety, we can look… READ MORE »

Behind closed doors: inside occupied Palestine

A blog from Debbie Shamir, a student at The University of Edinburgh, who wrote about lessons learnt from the recent Yachad Student Trip to Israel and the West Bank she attended. October 28, 2019 This summer, I together with a group of British Jews spent five days exploring the complicated situation between Israel and Palestine. Despite the common misconception that all of Israel-Palestine is characterised by unsolvable conflict and violence, we spoke to several people and organisations who longed for peace. They don’t deny the complications but believe that with a suitable government in power, a peaceful resolution is possible…. READ MORE »

Netanyahu runs out of rabbits to pull out his hat

By Stephen Oryszczuk, The Jewish News, September 18, 2019 In the UK, Zionist group Yachad said the result meant that Netanyahu was “not a magician,” adding: “Despite his advantages as incumbent and his ruthless campaign, including violations of Israeli election laws, he has no clear path to governing.” Read the full piece here.

Wes Streeting: whether it’s on Israel or antisemitism, I get attacked by all sides

“The Ilford North MP tells a Yachad conference he is ‘dismayed by the quality of debate’ in the UK” Ben Weich, The Jewish Chronicle, September 12 2019 Wes Streeting has said his calls for targeted sanctions on settlements in response to the demolition of Palestinian villages was met with pushback and “constant arguments” by the Israeli embassy. In a speech to a Yachad student conference in North West London on Thursday, the Ilford North MP spoke of the importance of avoiding the “path of least resistance” on Israel-Palestine. Criticising both sides of the divide, he said he was “dismayed by… READ MORE »

British Jewish groups criticise Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of West Bank

The Jewish News, September 11, 2019 Yachad, a Zionist group opposed to settlement expansion, said the announcement “shows the extent to which Netanyahu is willing to completely undermine the possibility of any kind of resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict”. A spokeswoman added that “annexation of the West Bank, partial or full, would make the State of Israel responsible for the daily lives of almost three million Palestinians living inside the West Bank”. To read the full piece click here.