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Eid Al Adha and the Humanitarian Guard (19 June)

A report from Standing Together on recent action by the Humanitarian Guard against planned attacks by racist settlers.

Tell your elected representatives and candidates for office about Standing Together’s fight for peace and equality in Israel-Palestine

UK Friends of Standing Together is not an electoral organisation, and will be making no formal endorsements of any party or candidates in the upcoming UK general election. However, we do want candidates for office, and our elected representatives, to know about Standing Together and our work to support them.

Israeli police chief admits: blocking Gaza aid was government policy

The latest roundup on Standing Together’s activity from Uri Weltmann, the movement’s National Field Organiser.

“A week of heavy emotions” (11 June)

A short report from Rula Daood, National Co-Director of Standing Together.

New UK Friends of Standing Together leaflet on the Humanitarian Guard now available

We’ve produced a new leaflet to raise awareness in the UK about Standing Together’s Humanitarian Guard, which defended Gaza aid convoys from attacks by far-right settlers.

Humanitarian Guard confronts far-right settlers in occupied East Jerusalem (5 June)

Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann reports on the movement’s efforts to combat racist violence.

Join us online on 18 June to hear from Palestinian and Jewish leaders of Standing Together

We’ll hear from Nasser Odat and Shir Yerushalmi from Standing Together about the movement’s latest work, and how we can support them.

What do we want our government to do?

UK Friends of Standing Together’s primary focus is on amplifying and supporting Standing Together’s on-the-ground work. But we also acknowledge the role of diplomatic pressure.

Sabreen Msarwi reinstated!

Palestinian teacher and Standing Together leader Sabreen Msarwi has been reinstated to her job, after a domestic and international campaign to defend her from victimisation.

Sally Abed’s message to Friends of Standing Together (3 June)

Reposted from an email update to members of Friends of Standing Together from Sally Abed, one of the movement’s Palestinian leaders.

Standing Together’s statement on new ceasefire proposal (2 June)

“This is a moment to act urgently to save lives.”

Standing Together’s Humanitarian Guard defeats far-right settlers

A report from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann on the movement’s success in defending Gaza-bound aid convoys from settler attack.

Speakers announced for London Friends of Standing Together meeting on 13 June

Join us to hear directly from Palestinian and Jewish leaders of Standing Together.

Some Frequently Asked Questions…

Learn more about Standing Together, and UK Friends of Standing Together’s work to support them, via these FAQs.

London Friends of Standing Together public meeting, 6:30pm, 13 June

Join us at a public forum to learn more about Standing Together’s efforts to build co-resistance for peace and equality. The meeting will take place at 6:30pm on Thursday 13 June at The Salisbury Hotel, Grand Parade, Green Lanes, London N4 1JX.

Two national trade unions declare support for Standing Together

In the past week, the Annual General Meeting of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), and the Annual Assembly of Delegates of the train drivers’ union Aslef, have passed resolutions supporting Standing Together.

Standing Together’s Humanitarian Guard defends aid trucks from settler attacks (21 May)

A report from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann on the successful defence of Gaza-bound aid trucks from attacks by far-right settlers.

Reflections on Israeli Independence Day and Nakba Day 2024

We’re sharing posts from Standing Together, and from Sally Abed, one of the Palestinian leaders of the movement, reflecting on the significance of Israeli Independence Day and Nakba Day 2024, which fell on 14 and 15 May respectively.

Sheffield Friends of Standing Together holds its first vigil

The newest local chapter of UK Friends of Standing Together in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, held its first vigil on Thursday 16 May.

Defend Sabreen Msarwi!

Sabreen Msarwi is a Palestinian secondary-school teacher and a leader of Standing Together. She is currently being victimised and threatened with dismissal from her job after she attended a march commemorating Nakba Day on 15 May.

Standing Together plans “Humanitarian Guard” to protect Gaza aid trucks from far-right settlers

After far-right settlers attacked trucks transporting desperately-needed aid into Gaza, Standing Together has called for a “Humanitarian Guard” to protect the trucks.

Mobilising inside Israeli society to end the war and return the hostages (14 May)

The latest report from Uri Weltmann, National Field Organiser of Standing Together, on the movement’s latest activity.

Join us online at 7:30pm on Monday 13 May

UK Friends of Standing Together will hold our next national meeting via Zoom at 7:30pm on Monday 13 May. We’ll hear from Nadav Shofet, a member of the Standing Together leadership, about the movement’s latest activity.

Get your Friends of Standing t-shirts!

Show your support for Standing Together by buying a Friends of Standing Together t-shirt for £15. All proceeds beyond covering costs will go directly to Standing Together in Israel.

Uri Weltmann’s message to our rally in London

The following message, from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann, was read at our rally in Parliament Square on 9 May.

Thousands rally against war in Tel Aviv

Although the march was called at only a few days’ notice, thousands of Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel responded to Standing Together’s call for an anti-war protest in Tel Aviv on Thursday 9 May.

We’re on Instagram!

UK Friends of Standing Together is now on Instagram. Please follow us!

Our rally in Parliament Square, 9 May

On Thursday 9 May, as thousands marched against war with Standing Together in Tel Aviv, we rallied in Parliament Square to show our solidarity with them and amplify their message of peace and equality.

Thursday 9 May, 5:30pm: as Standing Together rallies against war in Tel Aviv, join us in Parliament Square to support them

On Thursday 9 May, Standing Together, a grassroots movement of Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel, is holding an anti-war rally in Tel Aviv, along with other pro-peace, anti-occupation groups. As UK Friends of Standing Together, and supporters of the Israeli anti-war movement, we are gathering in Parliament Square to show our solidarity with them.

Notts Friends of Standing Together at Nottingham May Day

Dr. Farheen Khan, an activist in Notts Friends of Standing Together, spoke at the May Day (international workers’ day) rally in Nottingham on 4 May. We republish Farheen’s speech below.

Bristol Friends of Standing Together public meeting with Rula Daood and Nadav Shofet, 7pm, 30 May

Our Bristol chapter is holding a public meeting at 7pm on 30 May at Tony Benn House, Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6AY. Standing Together leaders Rula Daood and Nadav Shofet will address the meeting remotely.

“Either Rafah or a ceasefire”

We republish below the latest report from Uri Weltmann, National Field Organiser of Standing Together, circulated to international supporters.

Marching for peace at the Gaza border (25 April)

On Thursday 25 April, Standing Together organised a protest at the Gaza border, calling for a ceasefire, the release of hostages, and an end to the occupation.

Alon-Lee Green on Sky News

Standing Together’s National Co-Director Alon-Lee Green recently appeared on Sky News to discuss the political situation in Israel/Palestine.

WATCH NOW: Standing Together international webinar

On 21 April, Standing Together leaders Sally Abed, Alon-Lee Gree, and Nadav Shofet participated in an international webinar alongside Friends of Standing Together organisers, including Anna Roiser, a member of the UK Friends of Standing Together Steering Group.

Sheffield Friends of Standing Together vigil, 5pm, Thursday 16 May

The newest chapter of UK Friends of Standing Together, in Sheffield, will hold a vigil on Thursday 16 May, 5:00-5:30pm, outside the main entrance to Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, S1 2HH.

Join us for an international webinar with Standing Together leaders and FoST activists on Sunday 21 April

This Sunday, 21 April, please join us online for a webinar featuring Standing Together leaders and organisers and activists from Friends of Standing Together groups in Los Angeles and London.

Meeting in Nottingham with Nadia Whittome MP and Standing Together leaders, Thursday 18 April, 7pm

On Thursday 18 April, Notts Friends of Standing Together will host a public discussion forum on the struggle for peace and equality in Israel/Palestine.

Rula Daood and Itamar Avneri on BBC News

Standing Together’s National Co-Director Rula Daood was recently interviewed on BBC World News, along with Itamar Avneri, a member of the Standing Together leadership and municipal councillor in Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Anti-government protests escalate in Israel

Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann reports on recent protests in Israel, including a mass anti-government mobilisation in Tel Aviv, and Standing Together’s anti-war protest in the Arab-Palestinian city of Shefa-‘Amr.

Fire Brigades Union to discuss support for Standing Together at annual conference

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will meet for its annual conference from 22-24 in Blackpool. The policy paper on Israel/Palestine submitted to the conference by the union’s Executive Committee includes support for Standing Together.

Campaigning for a ceasefire, and against the starvation of Gaza

The latest update on Standing Together’s activity in Israel.

A report on Standing Together’s recent activity, 11 March

We share a report from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann on the movement’s latest activity.

“Too many mothers are mourning the loss of their sons and daughters.”

This address was given by Dr. Farheen Khan, a supporter of Notts Friends of Standing Together, at the regular vigil held by the group on Sundays in central Nottingham.

Barnet vigils to continue every Sunday

UK Friends of Standing Together supporters in Barnet, North London, will continue regular vigils, supporting calls for an immediate ceasefire, hostage release agreement, and an end to the occupation, every Sunday from 4-5pm.

Bristol Friends of Standing Together vigil, 2pm, Sunday 10 March, 2pm, College Green

Bristol Friends of Standing Together will hold a vigil this Sunday (10 March) to demand an immediate ceasefire and hostage-release agreement.

Standing Together to organise direct-action aid convoy to Gaza

Standing Together is assembling a convoy of humanitarian aid, including food supplies, that will attempt to enter Gaza on Thursday 7 March.

On the streets of Tel Aviv to demand a ceasefire and the release of hostages

Despite police repression, which prevented a planned march from taking place, hundreds of activists took to the streets of Tel Aviv on Thursday 29 February to protest Israel’s war.

Standing Together activists elected as local councillors in Haifa and Tel Aviv

Municipal elections were held in Israel on Tuesday 27 February. Standing Together supporters stood as part of local initiatives in Haifa and Tel Aviv.

Barnet Friends of Standing Together vigil, 4-5pm, Sunday 3 March

Supporters of UK Friends of Standing Together in Barnet, North London, are planning a public vigil to make a stand for peace and equality in Israel and Palestine.

Show your support for anti-war protest in Tel Aviv on 29 February

Standing Together, Women Wage Peace, Peace Now, and other anti-war and anti-occupation organisations in Israel will hold another protest in Tel Aviv on 29 February, to demand a ceasefire and the release of hostages.

Bristol Friends of Standing Together launched

Supporters in Bristol have launched a local chapter of UK Friends of Standing Together.

As Netanyahu threatens Rafah offensive, stand with Palestinian and Jewish citizens of Israel demanding a ceasefire

Standing Together write: The impending Israeli military invasion of Rafah – the last place considered “safe” in the Gaza Strip – will be catastrophic, endangering the lives of over 1.3 million Palestinians, as well as the remaining Israeli hostages. The images and reports of civilians – including women and children – who were killed and injured […]

New UK Friends of Standing Together leaflet

We’ve produced a basic A5 flyer promoting Standing Together’s demand for a ceasefire and the release of hostages. Download the leaflet below.

Bath TUC meeting with Standing Together, 6 March, 7:30pm

The Trades Union Council in Bath is hosting a meeting on Wednesday 6 March where a Standing Together speaker, joining remotely, will discuss the movement’s ongoing efforts to resist war, occupation, and racism. The meeting takes place at 7:30pm in New Oriel Hall, Brookleaze Buildings, Bath BA1 6RA.

“A conversation in a grocery store reminded me I can never give up”: Standing Together’s Uri Weltmann in the Metro

Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann has written an opinion piece for the UK newspaper Metro. We republish the article below. The original is available on the Metro website here.

Fighting to change a destructive status quo: reflections on Standing Together’s Haifa conference

Danielle Bett is a Scottish-Israeli activist who works as Director of Communications for Yachad UK. She attended Standing Together’s recent conference in Haifa, and wrote this report for UK Friends of Standing Together. Danielle writes in a personal capacity.

Shahd Bishara: “Peace is not only the absence of war, but the recognition of the rights and dignity of all people who live here.”

An excerpt of a speech given by Palestinian activist Shahd Bishara, at Standing Together’s 4th National Congress on 2 February.

Over 1,000 at Standing Together’s national congress in Haifa on 2 February

On 2 February, over 1,000 Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel came together for Standing Together’s 4th National Congress. We collate below pictures, videos, and reports from the event.

Organising in Israel to demand a ceasefire, peace, and equality: report from Standing Together’s Uri Weltmann

We publish below a report from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann, on Standing Together’s recent and upcoming activity. The report was circulated to international supporters of Standing Together on 31 January.

Pass this motion in your trade union branch!

We welcome support from trade union branches, community organisations, local branches of progressive political organisations, and campaign groups. Please consider passing our model motion.

“Standing Together: the peace movement inside Israel” (22 January)

This article, by Standing Together’s National Field Organiser, was published in the Morning Star on Monday 22 January.

Thousands march against war in Tel Aviv (18 January)

Around 2,000 protesters marched in Tel Aviv on 18 January, in a demonstration organised by Standing Together and others to demand an immediate ceasefire, the return of hostages, and an end to the occupation.

Can you help Standing Together activists in Haifa provide transport to anti-war protests in Tel Aviv?

Our Nottingham group has linked up with Standing Together’s chapter in Haifa to help provide transport to anti-war protests in Tel Aviv .

Israeli police ban 11 January anti-war protest called by Standing Together and others in Tel Aviv: donate to help organise the next one!

Israeli police have refused to grant a permit for an anti-war protest in Tel Aviv, called by a coalition of left-wing, anti-occupation, and peace groups led by Standing Together, due to take place on 11 January.

Notts Friends of Standing Together continue Sunday vigils

The Notts chapter of UK Friends of Standing Together will hold vigils on Sunday for the next three weeks, and possibly beyond, by the Brian Clough statue, just off Old Market Square in Nottingham.

WATCH: Sally Abed’s speech at the 16 December peace protest in Haifa

Sally Abed, one of the Palestinian leaders of Standing Together, spoke at the protest in her hometown of Haifa to demand a ceasefire, the release of hostages, an end to the occupation, and peace and equality.

Alon-Lee Green’s speech at the 28 December ceasefire protest in Tel Aviv

We share below this speech from Standing Together’s National Co-Director Alon-Lee Green, given at the 28 December protest in Tel Aviv called by Standing Together to demand a ceasefire agreement, the return of hostages, and peace and equality between Israeli Jews and Palestinians.

Notts Friends of Standing Together vigil: 1pm, Sunday 7 January

Our Nottingham chapter, Notts Friends of Standing Together, will hold a vigil in front of the Council House (Old Market Square) on Sunday to call for a ceasefire, the return of hostages, an end to the occupation, and peace and equal rights in Israel/Palestine.

A report from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser (30 December)

We republish below a report on Standing Together’s recent activity from Uri Weltmann, National Field Organiser.

Protest in Tel Aviv to demand ceasefire, the release of hostages, and peace (28 December)

Standing Together has organised a mass protest in Tel Aviv to demand a ceasefire agreement, the release of hostage, and a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Uri Weltmann responds to Israeli ambassador Tzipi Hotovely’s opposition to Palestinian statehood on Sky News

Tzipi Hotovely, the Israeli ambassador to the UK, was recently interviewed on Sky News. Asked about the possibility of a two-state settlement – an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel – Hotovely stated her absolute opposition.

Rula Daood and Uri Weltmann speak in Westminster (11 December)

On Monday 11 December, we were honoured to host Rula Daood and Uri Weltmann in the House of Commons for the public launch of UK Friends of Standing Together.

“Where do we go from here?” English-language webinar with Palestinian and Israeli Jewish activists from Standing Together (17 December)

On Sunday 17 December, Standing Together held an English-language webinar with presentations and discussion from Palestinian and Israeli Jewish activists in the movement.

“Standing with the people of Israel is not the same as standing with this violent, hard-right Israeli government”

Nadia Whittome MP, one of our parliamentary supporters, spoke in a debate today to advocate stopping UK arms sales to Israel. In her speech, she referred to the work of Standing Together and its National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann’s comments at our meeting last night.

UK Friends of Standing Together launched in House of Commons – join us again on Friday 15 December!

Thanks to everyone who attended the public launch of our network in the House of Commons last night (Monday 11 December). We were honoured to host Rula Daood and Uri Weltmann from Standing Together.

Events with Standing Together leaders Rula Daood and Uri Weltmann in London (w/c 11 December)

We’re looking forward to welcoming Rula Daood and Uri Weltmann, Co-Director and National Field Organiser of Standing Together respectively, to London this week.

UK Friends of Standing Together leaflets now available

Please download and print these leaflets promoting the UK Friends of Standing Together network.

Uri Weltmann of Standing Together on the Owen Jones Podcast (22 November)

Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann was interviewed on the Owen Jones Podcast on 22 November.

Join us for our public launch meeting: 7pm, Monday 11 December, Houses of Parliament

UK Friends of Standing Together will hold our public launch meeting on Monday 11 December.

Over 100 gather in Nottingham at vigil for ceasefire, release of hostages, peace, and equal rights

Over 100 people joined a silent vigil in Nottingham on Sunday 19 November, organised by Notts Friends of Standing Together, a local chapter of our network, to call for ceasefire, the release of hostage, and a peace settlement based on equal rights for Israelis and Palestinians.

Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann’s latest report to supporters (16 November)

We republish below an email report from Uri Weltmann, Standing Together’s National Field Organiser, circulated to international supporters.

WATCH: Arabs and Jews choosing a shared future – webinar with Standing Together leaders (13 November)

This webinar with Standing Together leaders Alon-Lee Green and Sally Abed was hosted by the New Israel Fund on 13 November.

Ayman Odeh: “The national rights of both people must be recognised”

We publish below a translation of a speech by Palestinian socialist Ayman Odeh, a member of the Knesset (Israeli parliament), given at a Jewish-Arab Solidarity Rally in Haifa on 4 November, organised by Standing Together.

Hundreds attend Jewish-Arab Solidarity rallies across Israel

A report from 6 November from Standing Together’s National Field Organiser Uri Weltmann.

Alon-Lee Green interviewed by Owen Jones

British journalist Owen Jones has interviewed Standing Together leader Alon-Lee Green about Standing Together’s struggle for equality between Israelis and Palestinians. Watch the interview here:

Standing Together organises Arab-Jewish Solidarity Conference in Tel Aviv

250 people attended an Arab-Jewish Solidarity Conference in Tel Aviv, organised by Standing Together to organise Jewish-Palestinian co-resistance to war and racism. The conferences was addressed by Jewish and Palestinian leaders of Standing Together including Alon-Lee Green, Rula Daood, Ghadir Hani, and others.

WATCH: Webinar with Standing Together leaders and others (24 October)

On 24 October, Standing Together leaders Sally Abed and Uri Weltmann participated in an online panel, along with Palestinian educator and activist Kefah Abukhdeir and Israeli teacher and activist Yael Berda (A Land for All).

Organising in times of war

A report from Uri Weltmann, National Field Organiser for Standing Together.

How you can support Standing Together

We’re reposting a briefing from Standing Together in Israel about what international supporters can do to help them.

Israeli human rights and anti-occupation organisations’ statement: “Refuse to give in to the urge for vengeance.”

27 human rights and anti-occupation organisations in Israel, including Standing Together, speak out against war.