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 …... READ MORE »
Below is a list of all the news articles Yachad is featured in. You can search for a news articles by the year it was published.
Steve Miller, Margaret Harris and Colin Shindler in the Jewish Chronicle, 10/12/15
We Jews invented cognitive dissonance. The American Jewish psychologist, Leon Festinger, was the first to coin the phrase and to use it to describe people’s responses to information which conflicts with their own understandings of reality.
There’s a perfect illustration of the phenomenon in the flurry of argument, rationalisation and denial that has surfaced in response to our survey of British …
Yachad director Hannah Weisfeld in the Jewish News, 26/11/15
This month’s publication by City University of research into British Jewish attitudes to Israel sent a segment of Anglo-Jewry into a serious tizz.
While some Jewish communal organisations were busy distributing it to their key supporters telling them it was a “must-read”, in a small corner, another group of people were busy shouting – mainly at each other – that there must be something wrong with the data because it does …
Gabriel Pogrund in the Jewish News, 19/11/15
Liberal Zionist advocacy group Yachad and the Israeli embassy will join forces to oppose the motion that “Israel is a rogue state” at a university debate this evening.
The founder and director of Yachad, Hannah Weisfeld, is due to appear alongside the Israeli Embassy’s spokesperson Yiftah Curiel at a University of Southampton Debating Society event.
The unlikely alliance comes a week after Yachad, a long outspoken critic of the Israeli …
Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian, 13/11/15
Diasporas can be trouble. Whether it was the German-Americans who agitated to keep the United States out of the war against Hitler, the Irish-Americans who bankrolled the IRA’s “armed struggle”, or the Cuban-Americans who lobbied to keep the US shackled to a pointless embargo of the island, émigré communities have a chequered record when it comes to the influencing of foreign policy.
The scholar Fred Halliday used to joke that there was a …
Natasha Roth in 972, 13/11/15
The British Jewish community is undergoing a shift in its attitudes towards the Israeli government, according to a new report released on Thursday. The survey, released by British “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group Yachad showed that while British Jews are overwhelmingly supportive of Israel as a Jewish state, a large majority — 75 percent — believes settlements are a “major” obstacle to peace. (Full disclosure: I proof-read the report ahead of its …
Simon Rocker in the Jewish Chronicle, 12/11/15
The findings of the City University survey on British-Jewish attitudes to Israel will no doubt be talked and argued about over Friday night tables, Saturday morning kiddush and elsewhere over the next few days.
While some of the headline stats will attract attention – massive opposition to settlement expansion and concern at the Israeli government’s stance on peace – the report overall presents a more complex and nuanced picture of …
Anshel Pfeffer in Haaretz, 12/11/15
The first major survey in five years on British Jews’ attitudes toward Israel shows them overwhelmingly to be pro-Israel and Zionist (though not all of them seem to actually like to be described as such). A large majority is also very critical of Israeli policies, particularly the expansion of settlements. The poll broadly confirms the findings of the 2010 Israel Survey by Britain’s Institute for Jewish Policy Research.
The new survey was commissioned and …
Russia Today, 12/11/15
The majority of British Jews do not believe Israel’s efforts to make peace with the Palestinians are working, a new poll shows. Many also think Israel’s continued occupation of Palestinian territories is detrimental to its standing in the world.
The research, carried out by British pro-peace organization Yachad, found that over two-thirds of respondents feel a “sense of despair” when new Israeli settlements are approved in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Some 90 …
Mark Piggot in the International Business Times, 12/11/15
A large majority of British Jews feel uncomfortable with some Israeli policies, believing they harm the country’s reputation abroad. Most British Jews have a “sense of despair” on hearing about new settlements, and believe a two-state solution with Palestine is essential for all involved.
The findings were revealed in a survey of Britain’s Jews, conducted by the liberal Jewish organisation Yachad, which campaigns …