Yachad - Not for Sephardim.


By Sephardi Spirit
November 17, 2011
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You wont find much love for Yachad in any Sephardi community in the UK. You almost certainly will not find much love for them in any Sephardi community in the world.

The reason being is that Sephardim view Yachad as 'hostile' to Israel. Yes, hostile. This was demonstrated by notices put up at mainstream UK Sephardi synagogues urging members to have nothing to do with Yachad. Not that they needed to be told, but some might of found their 'pro Israel' tag misleading.

Jews from Middle Eastern decent, after living for years among Arabs, tend to know slightly more about the people Israel are dealing with. They understand the Arab ideologies which lead to persecution, violence and death of Jews.

They understand Israel's need to protect itself. Israel cannot afford to let its guard down.

It’s awfully easy to place all the blame on Israel as Yachad love to do. Very fashionable too. Israel has no doubt made mistakes, but let’s see Yachad tackle the more thorny problems such as incitement against Jews in Palestinian school text-books, or the medieval-style antisemitism coming out of the mouths of Hamas leaders in torrents and their point-blank refusal to accept the idea of a Jewish state in this region. Those are the real obstacles to peace - not a hill or two here and there.

Yachad has done absolutely nothing to demonstrate any sort of commitment to fighting the delegitimisation of Israel in the UK. Instead Yachad will jump at any opportunity to criticize the Israeli Government or demonize the Jewish people living in the heartland of the Israel, Judea and Samaria. They even invite viciously anti-Israel journalists on speaking tours.

Lets hope the main Jewish bodies in the UK do not give them legitimacy, as they will only embolden Israel's enemies here and abroad. Sephardim for one, will never support such a terrible organization.

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Adamwagner

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 14:27

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I didn't realise you could predict with 100% accuracy the views of sephardim. Any insight into what women, blacks, Muslims or ashkenazim feel about Yachad?


Sephardi Spirit

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 14:44

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Go to a Sephardi community and gather the general consensus. I happen to belong to 3, and know many people from others, so yes, I can justify what I have written as being the mainstream.

What is funny Mr.Wagner is that you are comparing a small Sephardic community in London, to roughly 3 billion woman, g-d knows how many blacks, and 1.2 billion muslims. Well done!


J.Clifford

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 15:12

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You don't have to be Sephardi to know that Yachad is UK J Street, certainly not pro Israel but covertly and overtly hostile.


Gideon Smith

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 17:24

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Notwithstanding the fact that, being from Sephardi stock myself, the anonymous Sephardi Spirit cannot claim to speak on behalf of the entire Sephardi community - I guess being Spanish-Portuguese doesn't cut it with SS (it may be time for a 'Sephardi Spirit does not represent me' FB group)...

And notwithstanding the fact that the folk posting the notices in shuls, Sephardi Spirit and indeed Mr/s Clifford above misrepresent Yachad entirely when they describe them as 'hostile to israel'. The first line of Yachad's core principles reads "We are Jews who love Israel, who stand with Israel, whose lives are bound up with Israel. We believe in its right not just to exist, but to flourish. We stand against those who defame it..." (check it out here)...

My chief concern is what on earth is the JC doing publishing such racist drivel (big word the 'R' one... I know). Just reread the third paragraph swapping the words 'Jew' for 'Palestinian' and 'Arab' for 'Jew' and then try to defend it:
Palestinians... after living for years among Jews, tend to know slightly more about the people Palestine is dealing with. They understand the Jewish ideologies which lead to persecution, violence and death of Palestinans.


Sephardi Spirit

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 17:34

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The idea of calling this article 'racist' is stupidity at best. Is that the best the left wing can come up with? Just accept the facts! Mainstream Sephardim are on the right. Chalas!


Sephardi Spirit

Thu, 11/17/2011 - 18:05

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Please point out where I negatively characterized an entire group of people?

I you are meaning this part:

Jews from Middle Eastern decent, after living for years among Arabs, tend to know slightly more about the people Israel are dealing with. They understand the Arab ideologies which lead to persecution, violence and death of Jews.

That does not characterize a people.


Gideon Smith

Fri, 11/18/2011 - 09:27

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I've edited this comment so apologies if it appears out of order.

In my original post I said:

Don't get me wrong... I'm not calling the article racist... it's you I'm calling racist...

Seriously, when you make comments that negatively characterise an entire group of people, that's not a good thing.

I should apologise... Sephardi Spirit, I don't think you are racist - I don't know you.  I shouldn't have called you that... I'm sorry.
I maintain that your third paragraph could be perceived to be saying negative things about 'Arab ideologies' and that we would shout antisemite if similar sentiments were expressed about 'Jewish ideologies'.  Nevertheless, you maintain that you did not intend to negatively characterise anyone - happy to take your word for it.  So again... apologies.

I also think it's important to apologise because it is precisely this petty internicine squabbling and name-calling that is so damaging to the community.  

Ultimately my original problem with your blog was not because I think the Sephardi community are all Yachad supporters, or that we shouldn't be worried about Palestinian text books... we should.  My problem was that the thrust of your article was to defame an organisation that is so avowedly and demonstrably pro-Israel.  There are so many better targets for your attacks if you want to advocate for Israel.  Ultimately, amongst all of us who love Israel, there should be far more that we have in common, than divides us.  

I will continue to campaign for a two state solution... I'm doing this out of love for the Jewish homeland and I'm happy to discuss my logic and thinking on this.  Feel free to advocate for Israel in your own way... 
We may disagree on tactics and we may disagree about the best route to a safe and secure Israel, but we need to stop the infighting.

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