Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s Press Conference

16 February 2017: Statement on Donald Trump & Benjamin Netanyahu’s press conference
“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”
Yesterday, President Trump appeared to back away from decades of US and international commitment to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is unclear exactly what he meant, but what is clear is that there is no “one-state solution” that can satisfy both the annexationists who …

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Press Release on Legalisation Law

06/02/17, London: British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation Yachad – which campaigns for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – has condemned as “disastrous” the outpost ‘legalisation’ law that passed the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, this evening. The new law, passed hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to London where he assured Prime Minister Theresa May that Israel “will never give up on our quest for …

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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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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 condemns UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem

13/10/16, London: British-Jewish organisation Yachad – which campaigns for an end to occupation and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – has condemned as ‘inflammatory’ a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem which fails to recognise the significance of the Temple Mount in Judaism.
In a letter to British ambassador to UNESCO Matthew Sudders, Yachad described the resolution as ‘an inflammatory denial of Jewish history’, which ‘serves only to set back the cause of …

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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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UK pro-Israel Group: Israeli Minister’s transfer & annexation policy ‘an affront to Jewish values’

8th June 2016 – For Immediate Release
Yachad, the British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation, has condemned Israeli cabinet minister Uri Ariel’s proposal to annex area C of the West Bank and “remove a few thousand” Palestinians who live there. Ariel made the comments in an interview with the Times of Israel. Ariel claimed that “these are areas where there are no Arabs at all”, despite a 2014 UN estimate putting the number at 300,000.
Yachad’s director Hannah Weisfeld …

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Yachad: Livingstone displays “crushing ignorance of anti-Semitism”

UK Jewish group: Livingstone displays “crushing ignorance of anti-Semitism”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
28/04/16, London: British Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace movement Yachad has criticised Ken Livingstone’s response to the public outcry over Naz Shah MP’s anti-Semitic social media postings, and is calling for an open public conversation to clarify and redefine the boundaries between anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel in public life.
Hannah Weisfeld, Yachad’s director, …

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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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