COVENTRY, Britain -- A group which encourages Jews to oppose the occupation has sparked a lively debate at its debut session at the 2012 Limmud Conference on Jewish life and identity.
Yachad, which was founded in 2010, “aims to discuss the occupation not with the outside world, but within Jewish communities,” the group’s chairman, Daniel Reisel, told listeners at a lecture on Dec. 23, the conference’s opening.
Organizers said some 2,500 Jews from across the world are attending the conference, which is hosted by the University of Warwick and combines lectures and workshops on topics ranging from politics and religion to Jewish music and cinema.
Reisel and Yachad Director Hannah Weisfeld said Israel needs to cede land in order to remain Jewish and democratic. Their arguments drew critical remarks from a skeptical audience, with some listeners arguing such concessions would encourage terrorism.