St. Andrew’s Jewish Society Ball, held on 26th April, included amongst its beneficiaries the Jewish National Fund and Friends of the IDF (Israeli Defence Force). SJJP issued this statement:
We are deeply saddened and concerned that St Andrews Jewish society has been persuaded to use its charity ball to raise money for the Jewish National Fund and Friends of the Israel Defence Forces. The JNF takes over Palestinian land—including homes of Palestinian refugees and land in the occupied territories—and will not lease or sell land to non-Jews. And FIDF gives solidarity to an army whose attacks on Palestinian civilians have become increasingly persistent, violent and brazen. We urge everyone of conscience, Jew and non-Jew, not to go to this event. St Andrews Jewish Society claims to be friendly, welcoming and non-political. We ask it to live up to that description.
‘That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary’ Rabbi Hillel (1st Century BCE)