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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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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