December 7, 2017 by IJV
As Jews living in the United Kingdom and committed to a genuinely just peace in Palestine / Israel, we unreservedly condemn President Donald Trump’s damaging, demoralising and dangerous statement that the United States will recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This change of US policy will add to the sense of isolation and hopelessness among Palestinians, and will further set back the possibility of positive change toward meaningful justice and political rights for them. Trump’s decision will not only further destabilise the Middle East – it will deepen tensions and divisions in communities around the world, jeopardising peace for all of us. We strongly condemn and unambiguously disassociate ourselves from those leaders of the British Jewish community who have welcomed Trump’s announcement, and urge Jews across the community to join the international chorus of protest against it.
The Independent Jewish Voices Steering Group encourages our signatories and all those who are able to take part in the Emergency Protest – Hands off Jerusalem, on Friday 8 December at 5.30 p.m. outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square.