Thursday, November 03, 2016

YACHAD: A Paternalistic Pro-Palestinian Prop-up

If it weren't for Christian Arabs creating Palestinianism like George Antonius, their nationalism would be pitiful.

If it weren't for Christian Arabs assisting Arab terror like George Habash, their violence wouldn't have been as effective.

And now, we have Jews assisting Palestinianism:

Dear

My name is Rosa and I want to tell you about Partners to Peace, a new campaign launched by a group of 30 Jewish students based across the UK as part of Yachad Youth that I’m proud to be a part of. We’re raising awareness of Palestinian nonviolent activism and supporting the Holy Land Trust: a Bethlehem-based NGO that trains young Palestinians in pro-active, nonviolent methods of making change. If we manage to reach our £8,000 target, we will be able to give 30 young Palestinians the tools to make a positive difference in a non-violent way – young leaders who can be partners to a future peace.

One of the Holy Land Trust projects we’re supporting is called Young Girls Empowerment, and it teaches Palestinian girls to become leaders. This project is intended to inspire young women and give them skills so that they can be leaders, educated and engaged in their society. It is vital to me, as a young woman in the UK, to see this project succeed.

Partners to Peace is so important to me and everyone involved as we want to take active steps to oppose the occupation and work with Palestinians who live under it. As British Jews who are actively involved in our Zionist youth movements, Synagogues & J-Socs, we see the significant role we can play in promoting this good cause. I believe it to be our moral duty to help in whatever way we can.

There are two ways you can support Partners to Peace. First, please donate to the campaign. Whether you can give £20 or £200, you will be dramatically affecting the life of young Palestinians. You can also host a Partners to Peace Friday Night Dinner on either 11th or 18th November; bring your friends and family together, and use our kit to learn and educate about nonviolence. Sign up to receive a kit here.

Click here to donate to Partners to Peace to help train & empower young Palestinian nonviolent activists.

Thank you for reading and please take a minute to check out our page and give what you can,

Rosa Slater
University of Birmingham

"This campaign is being conducted under the auspices of Yachad Ltd, the non-charitable arm of Yachad UK. Company Number: 7638945".


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Was now sent this:


It is not really different in kind from their previous fundraising project of this type, Kids Court in Conflict, which raised money from Jewish youth groups and the like to pay for Palestinian law fare against Israel in respect of arrested minors-- including for terror offences.

This particular soft sell entirely omits that the Holyland Trust

http://www.ngo-monitor.org/ngos/holy_land_trust_hlt_/

Activities

Conducts highly politicized tours promoting the Palestinian narrative and targeting church leaders and the international community, claiming to provide “cross cultural and experimental learning opportunities in both Palestine and Israel.” Suggests that its participants “limit information” given to Israeli airport security and hide the reason for their visits.
Sami Awad is Executive Director and Founder of Holy Land Trust (HLT). Awad has stated that non-violent demonstrations are “not a substitute for the armed struggle.” Awad has also minimized Israel’s legitimate security needs as a “manipulation” of the fear of another Jewish Holocaust. In a speech given at the “Christ at the Checkpoint” Conference in 2010, Awad stated that “the [Israeli] soldier now, who’s gone through that trauma experience [of visiting Auschwitz] now is trained in this weaponry all of a sudden is also put at a checkpoint inside the West Bank, between Palestinian areas.”
Speaking at the National Leadership Conference for the Vineyard Church in 2009, Awad told the audience: “We’ve actually done training in non-violence for Hamas leaders and other militant groups as well” (at 01:20:27 in the audio). Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department and the EU.  Further, the US Supreme Court upheld a law criminalizing material support for terror organizations.  (Holder, Attorney General, et al. v. Humanitarian Law Project et al. 2010).  The law defines “material support” as including “any property, tangible or intangible, or service, including… training, expert advice or assistance…”  (See above for details of US government funding of HLT.)
Supports anti-Israel BDS (boycotts, divestment, and sanctions), including signing a petition in May 2005 calling for the academic boycott of Israel, signing the 2005 “Palestinian Civil Society Call for BDS,” and supporting the Kairos Palestine document.
HLT produced a film called “Little Town of Bethlehem,” date a 77-minute documentary that tells the story “of three men of three different faiths and their lives in Israel and Palestine. The story explores each man’s choice of nonviolent action amidst a culture of overwhelming violence.” Using a fa├žade of multiple viewpoints, however, the film actually presents a single narrative of Palestinian victimization and Israeli violence.
A December 2005 HLT conference included radical NGOs such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Sabeel, and Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
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