Frequently Asked Questions

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Why was Yachad set up?

Yachad was set up in May 2011 to build support within Anglo-Jewry for a resolution to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people through the creation of a two-state solution. Whilst there were many Israel advocacy organisations within Anglo Jewry, the purpose of Yachad was to create a space for British Jews to vocalise their support for a political solution to the conflict, and for actions that make it more likely for peace to be achieved.  Yachad is the only organisation within Anglo-Jewry which has this remit. To read our Statement of Core Principles please click here. Back to top

Who was the organisation set up by?
The organisation was established by its current director, seven of the current board and former board members, with the support of other individuals from the Anglo-Jewish community who wanted to see an organisation such as Yachad created. Back to top

Who are the staff and the board of the organisation?
The staff and board of Yachad come from a wide range of Jewish backgrounds. Many of them were involved in Zionist youth movements, and the board includes members of Orthodox, Reform, Masorti and independent synagogues, as well as a former IDF soldier and a former BICOM staff member. The board have a wide range of professional backgrounds including legal, medical, financial and communications. For full biographies of the Board and Staff please click here. Back to top

How many supporters does Yachad have?
Yachad has over 4000 supporters who have taken part in our campaigns, attended event, or visited the West Bank with us. Back to top

Where does our funding come from?
Yachad is funded entirely by its supporters, all members of the Anglo-Jewish community. By October 2014, since its launch, Yachad had raised over £375,000 from 345 individuals – an average of £110,000 per year. Back to top

Who do we work with in the British Jewish community?
Yachad works with a wide variety of organisations within Anglo-Jewry. This includes a close working partnership with 5 Zionist youth movements, and partnership events with Jewish cultural organisations such as Jewish Book Week, the Jewish Film Festival, LJCC and JW3. We regularly run events in synagogues across religious spectrum from Liberal to Federation communities. We also maintain a good working relationship with a number of establishment Jewish community organisations. Back to top

Who do we partner with in Israel?
Yachad partners and works with a wide variety of civil society organisations and individuals in Israel. This includes Israeli government recognised civil society organisations such as Yesh Din, a human rights organisation, and Breaking the Silence, an IDF veteran’s organisation. Breaking the Silence is an organisation comprised of over 950 soldiers who have given testimonies about their time serving in the West Bank. Breaking the Silence have hosted exhibitions of their work in the Knesset and work with pre-military academies in Israel, speaking to Israelis as they enter their army service. Each year they take thousands of people – mainly Israelis – on trips to the West Bank. We are proud of our association with Israeli organisations committed to protecting human rights. We also work with organisations and individuals that have served high up in the ranks of the Israeli diplomatic, security and army corps. For example, we have brought to the UK a former head of the Shin Bet- Israel’s security service, the former legal advisor to Ariel Sharon, and number of former generals of the IDF. We work with the Yesha Council, the official body of the settler movement (see the FAQ about our activities in Israel for more information). Back to top

What type of activities do we organise in the UK?
Yachad organises a wide variety of activities in the UK which include educational events, film screenings, talks and debates with our invited guests from Israel, and a large number of student and youth movement events organised with the support our student activists and the youth movements themselves. When appropriate we also coordinate campaigns that reflect our support for our core principles. In the past these have included actions such as campaigning against settlement expansion in the West Bank and East Jerusalem which may damage the possibility of peace. Back to top

What types of activities do we organise in Israel?
Yachad organises trips to the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The purpose of these trips are to give British Jews an opportunity see a different perspective, understand how the reality may look to those that have grown up with a different narrative to our own, and to meet Palestinians and Israelis working for change. On our longer trips, participants meet with a wide variety of guides including Israeli and Palestinian activists, official and non-official representatives of the settler movement, and former Israeli government representatives. Yachad’s shorter day trips use guides from different civil society organisations in Israel, such as those mentioned in the ‘Who we partner with in Israel’ FAQ. Back to top

Does Yachad support the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement (BDS)?
Yachad has been clear from the outset that it does not support BDS of any nature: economic, cultural or academic. Its staff and board members are on the record – on television, radio and in print – advocating against the boycott. To listen to an example of this media please click here. Yachad also believes that new investment over the ‘green line’ within the settlements is likely to hinder the possibility of peace and therefore, alongside opposing BDS we also do not support this. To read Yachad’s policy on BDS please click here. Back to top

What does Yachad believe should be the borders of future Palestinian state?
Yachad believes the 1967 borders (also known as the 1949 Armistice Lines or the Green Line), subject to mutually agreed land swaps, should form the basis of a future Palestinian state. We are echoing the view of many Israelis including the leader of the political opposition in Israel; Tzipi Livni, the Minister of Justice; Yuval Diskin; Ami Ayalon and Yaakov Peri, all former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet; and all 1,000-plus members of the Council for Peace and Security (made up of former army, security and diplomatic corps who have held positions of seniority). Where the final border of a Palestinian state should go is the decision of the two parties. We are clear that until there is agreement on where any final borders will be, settlements should not be continued to be built on land over the Green line. To read our policy on settlements click here. Back to top

What does Yachad believe should happen to Jerusalem?
Like many Israelis, including current and former government ministers, Yachad believes Jerusalem must be shared in any future peace agreement on the basis of the Clinton Parameters: Jewish neighbourhoods would remain part of Israel and Palestinian neighbourhoods would become part of the future state of Palestine. This is entirely separate to an agreement that would have to be reached over the Old City and the Holy Basin to ensure all parties unhindered access to this area. To read Yachad’s policy on Jerusalem please click here. Back to top