UK Foreign Office on Resolution 2334

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has replied to Yachad’s letter to the Foreign Secretary asking the UK to support UNSCR 2334, explaining in detail why they backed the UN Security Council resolution and how it fits with the UK’s policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:
“The UK voted for UNSCR 2334 because of our support for the two-state solution and commitment to Israel as the Jewish homeland.  The UK’s support for UNSCR 2334 is consistent with our long-standing …

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Statement on new building in West Bank settlements

24/01/17
Commenting on the Israeli government’s approval of the construction of 2,500 new housing units in West Bank settlements, Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld said:
“This attempt to take advantage of the change in American administration to establish new facts on the ground is grossly irresponsible. Building thousands more homes in settlements which are illegal under international law and which directly undermine the viability of a future Palestinian state will push back the cause of …

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UNSC Resolution 2334

On December 23, 2016, the United Nations Security Council voted in support of a resolution calling on Israel to cease all settlement activity in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, alongside demanding immediate steps to ‘prevent acts of violence against all civilians’. The resolution firmly recognises the legitimacy of Israel and reiterates the importance of urgently pursuing diplomatic efforts in order to achieve a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the region. …

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Statement on “legalisation” bill after first reading

Yachad released the following statement on the Knesset bill aimed at legalising settlement construction on privately-owned Palestinian land in the West Bank, after it passed its first reading in the Knesset on 7 December 2016:
“The Israeli government cannot claim to support a two-state solution on the one hand, while formalising the appropriation of private Palestinian land for Israeli settlement on the other. This will be taken by hardliners on both sides as confirmation that the settlements …

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Statement on Settlement Outposts bill

17/11/16
Yachad responded to the bill, which yesterday passed an initial vote at the Knesset, designed to retroactively “legalise” illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank:
“This so-called ‘legalisation’ bill is anything but legal. It is an attempt to give a blank cheque to settler leaders and illegal outposts which are designed to prevent a viable, independent Palestinian state in the West Bank, and have long been recognised as illegal by the Israeli government itself. It …

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Yachad letter on UNESCO

In response to a draft UNESCO resolution which fails to affirm the Jewish connection to the Temple Mount, Yachad sent this letter to the British Ambassador to UNESCO:
Download the letter here
UPDATE: UNESCO passed the resolution this afternoon (13/10/2016), with 24 voting for, 26 abstaining, and 6 – including the UK – against. The letter below was sent this morning, before the …

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Statement on terror attack at Ammunition Hill, 09/10/2016

10/10/2016
Yesterday, a Palestinian man killed two Israelis during a shooting spree at Ammunition Hill light rail station in Jerusalem. Our thoughts are with the victims, whose lives have been lost, and their families and loved ones, whose lives have been changed forever by this senseless violence. Their names are: Levana Malihi, 60, a Grandmother of 6, & First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29, a police officer. May their memories be a blessing.
This terror attack must be condemned in the strongest …

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Shimon Peres (1923-2016)

Israel’s former President & Prime Minister Shimon Peres has died aged 93. The last of his generation of Israel’s founders in public life and a protégé of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, Peres was an iconic figure in Israel and around the world. A key architect of the Oslo accords and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Peres leaves a legacy as a committed hawk who became a leading dove. As a vital figure in Israel’s defence and political establishment over the course of …

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Dispatches from the Centre for Jewish Non-Violence Delegation

Emily Hilton, 20/07/16
For the past ten days I have been on the Centre for Jewish non-violence delegation, an organisation of diaspora Jews who want to do solidarity activism with Palestinian communities living in the West Bank in order to challenge the Occupation. As a Jew and as someone who has been engaged with Israel for most of my life, I feel that the Occupation challenges the moral fibre of what it means to be Jewish and to support Israel. It is for this reason, having been strongly …

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Response to Chakrabarti Inquiry Report on Anti-Semitism

30/06/16: We welcome the strong statements in the Chakrabarti Inquiry report against the use of “Zio” & “Zionist” as a pejorative, references to Hitler and the Nazis in relation to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and stereotyping of Jews. However, the important test now is for a change of culture in the Labour Party and in wider progressive circles to ensure, in Chakrabarti’s words, “a truly welcoming environment” for Jewish people. That is the measure by which …

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