MRJ statement on the Zionist Federation’s rejection of Yachad
Thursday, 28 February 2013
Following a vote on Monday, the Zionist Federation(ZF) has refused to accept Yachad as an affiliate member. Yachad is a grassroots pro-Israel, pro-peace organisation. The Movement for Reform Judaism supports the work of the ZF as the united body of British Jewish communities in support of Israel. However, we strongly disagree with the exclusion of Yachad, an organisation actively reflecting the will of UK Jewry for a two state solution.Like Yachad we are unequivocally Zionist. We have a non-negotiable commitment to the State of Israel and its security. We believe that the pursuit of peace is the highest ideal and priority. We are deeply committed to democracy; human rights and social justice; and religious pluralism. We are committed to two viable states as the only just and realistic solution to the present situation. You can find out more about Yachad’s core principles here.
The ZF has shown itself to be out of touch. 78% of British Jews support a two state solution; the exclusion of Yachad reflects negatively on ZF’s view of Zionism.
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