Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt, Attends Yachad Gala: “Moderate Voice in a World Which is Exceptionally Binary”

19/03/2018, London: Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt, attended Yachad’s Gala evening in London last night, speaking to an audience of over 200 of the organisation’s supporters.  In his speech he stated his support for the organisation, which he described as a “moderate voice in a world which is exceptionally binary.”

During the evening the Minister met the Yachad student activists involved in the #DontSettleForThis campaign – the campaign against demolitions of Palestinian villages in the West Bank[1]. The Minister said that the British government considers these demolitions “unacceptable” and praised the students for “raising awareness of this within the Jewish community and beyond.”

The Minister added that campaigns against demolitions “have been instrumental in halting some demolition activity up to now and we should therefore continue to speak out.”

The Minister then joined hundreds of British Jews who gathered to listen to Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, the highly acclaimed Palestinian peace activist and five times Nobel Peace Prize nominee, who lost his three daughters during the 2008-2009 Gaza War.

In his address, Dr Abuelaish brought a message of peace, co-existence and respect and said:

“We are here to give hope in a time the world in endemic with despair, with fear, with incitement, with hatred, with injustice, with poverty.”

Yachad’s director, Hannah Weisfeld, said:

“We are delighted that the Middle East Minister, Mr Alistair Burt, was able to join us at our annual Gala.

“The minister’s support of our work and desire to see a moderate and pragmatic debate about Israel is very encouraging.

“Dr. Abuelaish’s deeply heart-rending personal story and commitment to peace have opened the eyes of all who heard him. His message of hope shows the way for us to build bridges for peace instead of walls.”

 

[1] More information about the campaign here: http://yachad.org.uk/dontsettleforthis/#.Wq-PwejFKUk

Photographs taken by Adam Lawrence (http://www.adamlawrence.com)

Middle East Minister, Alistair Burt MP

Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish

Yachad 2018 Gala @ BAFTA

Middle East Minister with #DontSettleForThis campaigners