Yachad Comment: Agriculture minister Uri Ariel suggests transfer of Palestinians from Area C

08/06/16
Utterly unacceptable proposal from Agriculture minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) to “remove a few thousand Arabs” from Area C of the West Bank – the 60% of West Bank land entirely controlled by Israel – and then annex it. In reality, there are around 300,000 Palestinians living in Area C.
Minister Ariel’s suggestion is morally wrong, illegal, and – in practical terms – impossible.
Context: “Minister: Empty West Bank Area C of …

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Labour MKs come out against suspending ties

Labour MKs Michal Biran and Itzik Shmuli have come out against suspending ties between the Israeli Labour party and UK Labour party – responding to a call to do so from MK Nachman Shai. See their letter here, or the full text below:
Dear Isaac Herzog MK,
Chairman of the Israeli Labour Party
We have read the letter of our colleague Nachman Shai MK calling for a suspension of ties with the British Labour Party. There is no doubt that the election of Jeremy Corbyn MP as the Leader of British …

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What hope the fight against antisemitism when Malia Bouattia leads the NUS?

Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld, The Guardian, 22/04/16
The furore around Malia Bouattia’s election as the new president of the National Union of Students has yet to die down. Accusations of antisemitism dogged her campaign and continue to do so, with Cambridge University’s union threatening to disaffiliate from the NUS altogether. Bouattia’s defence of her comments are, broadly, that it is Zionism she takes issue with and not Jews. And it is for this reason that she felt the need to …

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Yachad Youth statement on the election of Malia Bouattia

A group of Yachad Youth activists & Jewish University students from across the country have released this statement on the election of Malia Bouattia to the position of President of the National Union of Students. If you’re a current student or recent graduate and want to add your name, get in …

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Malia Bouattia elected NUS president

The election of a National Union of Students president who has endorsed “armed struggle” – i.e. terrorism – and decried “Zionist-led media” and “Zionist and neo-con lobbies” is deeply troubling. We work with Jewish students at campuses across the country to ensure that a strong pro-Israel, pro-peace voice is heard. We need to listen to the voices of Jewish students from across the religious and political spectrum who have expressed their concerns …

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Happy Pesach from Yachad

20/04/16
Every year, at Pesach, the Jewish people come together in an otherwise unprecedented show of unity. Families and friends around the world will sit down this Friday night to remember – together – that we were slaves in Egypt, and to celebrate our freedom. Since Israel was established in 1948, that freedom has gained another dimension. We are a free people, with a free land. Does that mean that the story of the exodus has lost its relevancy?
Emphatically no. In the Haggadah, it says …

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Yachad Statement on David Cameron’s Comments on East Jerusalem

29/02/16
The Prime Minister is right to point out that the occupation of East Jerusalem is both counter-productive to a two state solution and has left hundreds of thousands of people in a permanent limbo, with Israeli residency but no citizenship.
With much of the violence in Israel and the West Bank in recent months perpetrated by young Palestinians from East Jerusalem – leading to the erection of more barriers and increased division between Jewish and Palestinian neighbourhoods – it is …

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Statement on Ami Ayalon event at King’s College London, 19/01/16

Yachad has brought Ami Ayalon, former director of the Shin Bet, to the UK for a series of events this week. Every public event in a Jewish communal space has been full to capacity with excellent discussions. Yesterday (Tuesday) evening, Yachad held an event in partnership with Kings and LSE Israel Societies. The event took place at the Kings College Building on the Strand. Whilst some of what happened at the event has already been documented on social media, some important details have been …

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Yitzhak Rabin: 20 years later

This week marks 20 years since the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. On the 4th of November, 1995, Rabin was shot twice in the back after leaving the stage of a 100,000 person strong rally for peace in central Tel Aviv. His murderer, an Orthodox Jewish law student named Yigal Amir, was arrested on the scene, and has been in prison since. The blood-stained lyrics to Shir LaShalom (A Song of Peace) were found in Rabin’s pocket.
As Israel commemorates Rabin’s death, we …

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Statement on the British academics’ boycott

27/10/15
We are saddened to see over 340 British academics support an academic boycott of Israel today in the Guardian. Academic freedom should be sacrosanct, and, at a time of continued violence and tensions in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, what is needed is deeper engagement and dialogue, not the slamming of doors and burning of bridges. An academic boycott will only punish the many institutions and academics who are working to create a better reality on the ground.
The words of last …

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