STATEMENTS

April 4th, 2021

Dear President Rivlin,

J-Link, the international network of progressive Jewish organizations, sides with many other Jewish organizations and individuals around the world in viewing with grave concern the entry into the Knesset of six members of far-right parties HaTzionut HaDatit, Otzma Yehudit and Noam, that hold racist, homophobic, and fundamentalist views.

In 1985 the Knesset adopted an amendment to the Basic Law stipulating that a party with a racist platform could not participate in an election.

Otzma Yehudit, which is made up of former disciples and political heirs of Meir Kahana, whose Kach party was banned from running in the 1988 election, supports annexation of the West Bank, the emigration of non-Jews from Israel and the expulsion of Palestinian and Israeli Arabs who refuse to declare loyalty to “Greater Israel”.

The possibility of such a party becoming a partner to any Israeli coalition is a stain on Israel’s democracy. It seriously tarnishes Israel’s standing among nations and citizens of the world. It shocks and outrages Jewish organizations and individuals who uphold Jewish values of tolerance, democracy and human rights.

We urge you, Mr. President, not to consider these parties in your deliberations for the formation of the incoming Israeli coalition.

Yours sincerely,

The J-Link Coordinating Committee,

Kenneth Bob (Ameinu, U.S.A.), Barbara Landau (JSpaceCanada, Canada), Ilan Baruch (Policy Working Group, Israel), Pablo Lumerman (J-AmLat, Argentina), Giorgio Gomel (JCall Europe, Italy), Gabriella Saven (The Jewish Democratic Initiative, South Africa).

February 6th, 2021

J-Link, the international network of progressive Jewish organizations, joins Israeli NGO’s and international organizations in advocating that Israel supply COVID vaccines to Palestinians in the West Bank.

What threatens the health and economy of Palestinians also threatens Israeli citizens, including those living in settlements. According to international and humanitarian law, the Israeli government is both legally and morally obligated to provide Palestinians living under occupation with COVID vaccines.

It is intolerable that over 450,000 Israeli settlers are vaccinated while their Palestinian neighbors are not.

J-Link calls on Israel to work in close cooperation

with the Palestinian National Authority, the World Health Organization, and other international actors to promote the safety and well-being of all residents in the West Bank who live under its control.

Hopefully, this can be a stepping stone toward future cooperation.

Yours respectfully,


J-Link Coordinating Committee,

Kenneth Bob (Ameinu, U.S.A.), Barbara Landau (JSpaceCanada, Canada), Alon Liel (Policy Working Group, Israel), Pablo Lummerman (J-AmLat, Argentina), Giorgio Gomel (JCall Europe, Italy), Gabriella Saven (The Jewish Democratic Initiative, South Africa).

December 7, 2020

In response to a series of actions taken by the Netanyahu-Gantz government in recent weeks, including home demolitions, forced evictions and new settlement approvals in Givat Hamatos and E-1 meant to secure “facts on the ground” and prevent the successful pursuit of a two-state future for Israelis and Palestinians, the Progressive Israel Network issued the following statement.

We are alarmed by the recent set of​ ​moves by the government of Israel to initiate settlement projects and take other provocative and harmful actions in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, including home demolitions and forced evictions, which further damage the possibility of a negotiated future two-state solution. It is clear that the Netanyahu government is trying to exploit the outgoing Trump Administration’s wholehearted embrace of Israel’s settlement enterprise in order to further erase the distinction between Israel and the territory it occupies. The recent announcement of the Israeli government’s approval of tenders for new construction in the planned settlement of Givat Hamatos and statutory approval for the construction of E-1 are particularly harmful. These settlement projects have the strategic objective of cutting off Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem from the West Bank city of Bethlehem, seriously undermining the prospects of establishing a contiguous Palestinian state alongside Israel.

This effort to create new “facts on the ground” in the West Bank are meant to salt the earth for future negotiations and could cause serious tensions between Israel and the United States in the early days of a Biden-Harris Administration. This ongoing and illegal process of de facto annexation

29 November, 2020

 

November 29th is the International solidarity day with the Palestinian People.

J-Link, as an international network of progressive Jewish organizations, recognizes the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination and calls upon the nations of the world that have not done so to recognize the State of Palestine.

The UN Assembly recognized the State of Palestine as an observer state, in November 2011, with the support of a majority of 137 countries and 9 opposed. Most of the countries around the globe recognize Palestine and many of them host Palestinian ambassadors in their capitals. Thirteen Western European Parliaments called upon their governments to recognize the State of Palestine between the years 2014-2015.

J-Link is committed to the peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and believes that further international recognition of Palestine will enhance the possibility of a negotiated agreement in the future that fulfils the needs and wishes of both peoples.

November 11, 2020

 

Dear President-Elect Biden and Vice-President-Elect Harris:

J-Link, an international network of progressive Jewish organizations, congratulates you on your election. We wish you great success with your efforts to heal the divides, promote justice and raise hope domestically and globally.

As Jews who care about the state of Israel, its democracy and its security, we call upon you to renew US contact with the re-ignite peace talks in order to bring about a resolution of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.

Attached to this letter is our J-Link Mission Statement. We support the traditional US role as a respected and impartial promoter of peace in the Middle East. We look forward to working with your government in support of our shared desire for a peaceful future.

Yours respectfully,

J-Link Coordinating Committee,

Kenneth Bob (Ameinu, U.S.A.), Barbara Landau (JSpaceCanada, Canada), Alon Liel (Policy Working Group, Israel), Pablo Lummerman (J-AmLat, Argentina), Giorgio Gomel (JCall Europe, Italy), Gabriella Saven (The Jewish Democratic Initiative, South Africa).

November 11, 2020

 

Dear President Mahmoud Abbas

We are writing on behalf of J-Link, an international network of progressive Jewish organizations, to express our condolences on the untimely death of Dr. Saeb Erekat.

Dr. Erekat was internationally respected as a consistent voice for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, based on the right to self-determination of the two peoples. He held fast to the hope of achieving a negotiated 2 state outcome, and his leadership will be missed at this time of many challenges for the Palestinian people.

Our sympathy to his family and to those who share his hopes and vision for peace between our people.

Respectfully,

J-Link Coordinating Committee, Alon Liel, Policy Working Group, Israel; Ken Bob, Ameinu, U.S.; Giorgio Gomel, J-Call, Italy: Barbara Landau, JSpaceCanada; Gabriella Saven, Jewish Democratic Initiative, South Africa; Pablo Lumerman, J-AmLat, Argentina.

August 21, 2020

J-Link Statement on the Israel-UAE Deal

J-Link, the international network of progressive Jewish organizations, welcomes the agreement reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates to normalize ties between the two countries.

Recognition of Israel’s legitimate existence and the establishment of diplomatic relations, years after the peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, is another important step in Israel’s acceptance in the Middle East. This is a welcome move toward integration in a region of the world to which it rightfully belongs

 

Israel’s commitment to suspend plans to unilaterally annex areas of occupied Palestinian Territories is a positive step. The worldwide opposition by national governments, international institutions, and civil society to such plans played a significant role in this respect. Opposition was strong and widespread including in the Jewish Diaspora. J-Link is proud to have contributed to the anti-annexation campaign..

14 April, 2020

 

Dear General Benny Gantz, Chairman of the Knesset (Gabi Ashkenazi, MK; Amir Peretz, MK)

Passover is a time for Jews to reflect on our commitment to freedom, justice, security, and a yearning for a national homeland. There is now an imminent threat to these cherished values. According to the recent coalition draft, your proposed emergency unity government will introduce a Bill in the Knesset within the next three months to annex parts of the West Bank. This will happen without negotiations with the Palestinians, contrary to UN resolutions and international law. A simple majority in the Knesset will end the possibility of a viable two- state solution.

 

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