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Oct 9, 2022, 5:29 PM
Hidden in plain sight: Palestinian Jerusalem
Marie van der Zyl’s lobbying for Truss to take the Trumpian step of moving the UK’s Israeli embassy to Jerusalem was not only misguided and potentially dangerous, but also highlighted our community’s distorted perception of Jerusalem as a solely Jewish city. When we travel to...
Oct 5, 2021, 12:42 PM
Let’s not settle for half-truths
The Jewish News’ Rosh Hashanah edition featured an ad to buy lots in “Givat Adumim”. It was described as “the largest housing project only four miles from Jerusalem”, with nearby conveniences including the “Design City” shopping mall and the “Magic Kass” amusement park. Whilst that...
Jul 16, 2021, 12:21 AM
What was the Nation State Law really about?
Last week, Israel’s Supreme Court upheld the controversial 2018 Nation State Law. Ten of the eleven judges rejected claims that the quasi-constitutional law conflicted with democratic principles by discriminating against Israel’s Palestinian citizens in declaring that national self-determination in Israel is unique to the Jewish...
Feb 22, 2021, 6:37 PM
Communal leaders must speak out against Jewish supremacy
Earlier this month, Israel’s Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu entered an election pact with Jewish Power, an explicitly Jewish supremacist party. Jewish Power’s platform includes working to expel Israel’s Palestinian-Arab citizens (referred to as “Israel’s enemies”), fighting “assimilation” (relationships between Jews and non-Jews), war on “land...
Nov 20, 2020, 10:39 AM
The occupation calls for more than reflection
Harrison Engler recently wrote a heartfelt defence of UJIA’s Israel education, explaining that it had enabled him to become someone who, whilst not always proud of Israel’s actions, was always proud of his connection to Israel. Drawing on his experiences as a chanich, madrich and...
Jul 5, 2020, 1:21 PM
Why we need to speak about the Absentee Property Law
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog about the Sumarins, an East Jerusalem family facing eviction under Israel’s 1950 Absentee Property Law. The resulting hostility took me by surprise: the comments were so abusive they had to be closed, and a blog supposedly responding...
Jun 15, 2020, 12:13 PM
The Board has mistaken silence for neutrality
The Board of Deputies’ statement of 22nd May statement explained that they would not take a position on Israel’s anticipated annexation of parts of the West Bank because they “do not in good faith support one view over the other”. However their rationale, that by...
May 24, 2020, 2:29 PM
The Jerusalem family at risk of losing their home – and how we can help
Last Friday, we celebrated Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of the day in 1967 when the Jewish people regained access to our holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. This Friday, we celebrate Shavuot, and the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people. Hillel...
Jan 29, 2020, 12:41 PM
It’s time for our community to be anti-occupation
Supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has become a mainstream position in British Jewry; it is the position of the Board of Deputies, Union of Jewish Students, and many others. Yet as the idea gained traction in our community, it became an ever...
Mar 12, 2019, 5:06 PM
Jerusalem’s cable car: Moving in the wrong direction
Would you be willing to damage something you love to stop someone else from having it? Specifically, would you be willing to damage the beautiful and ancient landscape of Jerusalem to stop East Jerusalem becoming part of a future Palestinian state? The Israeli government’s answer,...
Anna Roiser is a lawyer who has recently completed an MA in Israeli Studies. She has spent time living in Jerusalem and campaigns against Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories.