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Na’amod means ‘We will stand’ in Hebrew, and references the word used to call Jews to read from the Torah in synagogue: ya’amod/ta’amod/na l’amod (please stand). It reflects our steadfast commitment to stand alongside Palestinians in their struggle for human rights, and to the teachings which drive our activism.

We mean the Israeli military occupation of the West Bank, the unilateral Israeli annexation of East Jerusalem, and the blockade on the Gaza strip.  

The West Bank has been held under military occupation since June 1967. The legal, political and civil rights of Palestinians in the West Bank are severely curtailed, and much of the land has been taken over by Israel in a process of de-facto annexation. 

Notwithstanding Israel’s unilateral annexation of East Jerusalem, it remains occupied as a matter of international law. Further, Palestinians in East Jerusalem have fewer rights than Jews living there – in particular the lack of citizenship – and are routinely subject to discrimination.

Although Israel unilaterally withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005, it continues to exert significant control over it, meaning Gaza is widely considered to remain under occupation. In particular, Israel severely restricts the movement of people, goods and services into and out of Gaza. Read more on the website of Gisha.

The Golan Heights are occupied as a matter of international law. However, they are Syrian rather than Palestinian territory, meaning they are not the focus of Na’amod’s activism. 

As a matter of international law – and according to Israel’s own Supreme Court – the land is occupied, and this terminology also reflects the reality for Palestinians living in the land and the curtailment of their rights. To describe the land as “disputed” is to deliberately ignore the oppression of Palestinians living under Israeli control.

Jewish Diaspora support for the occupation is one of several pillars which help uphold the occupation. We are working to end that support in the British Jewish community and mobilise our community in the struggle for equality and justice for all Palestinians and Israelis. 

We are part of the wider global struggle against the occupation and believe that together we can bring change.

Na’amod supports  freedom, equality and justice for all Palestinians and Israelis.  We do not take a position on exactly what that should look like and we do not consider that it is for us, a group of British Jews, to say what the outcome should be. Our focus is on ending our community’s support for the unjust and brutal occupation. 

We do not take a single position on Zionism, and our members include Zionists, non-Zionists, and anti-Zionists. We are united by our desire to promote freedom, equality and justice for all Palestinians and Israelis and by our opposition to the occupation and determination to end our community’s support for it. 

A number of human rights organisations, including Israel’s leading human rights organisation, B’Tselem, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have described the situation in Israel-Palestine as apartheid, and many Palestinians have long used this description. Whilst Na’amodniks have a range of views on whether “apartheid” is the best description, we all accept that it is a legitimate way to characterise the current situation.

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement is a Palestinian-led campaign calling for boycotts, divestment and economic sanctions against Israel in order to exert pressure on it to comply with international law. Some Na’amodniks support BDS and others do not, but we all consider it a legitimate form of nonviolent protest and oppose efforts to restrict or outlaw it.

Na’amod has in the past supported boycotts of settlement products, such as the decision by Ben and Jerry’s to no longer sell its products in the occupied West Bank. 

Our policies are determined and reviewed by our members at our quarterly Big Meetings and annual Strategy Retreats. 

Na’amod is a movement of Jews working to create change within our own community, and for that reason membership is for those identifying as part of the British Jewish community. We welcome support from non-Jews and are in dialogue with Palestinian groups. 

Na’amod is made up of several teams who manage different aspects of Na’amod’s work. Our teams are Campaigns, Communications, Growth, Finance, Community and Education. All members are encouraged to join a team and contribute to Na’amod’s work. Decisions are made by consensus within teams. 

Na’amod also has a Strategic Leadership Team (SLT), which meets regularly to oversee the movement and provide strategic direction. 

We hold quarterly “Big Meetings” for all members to discuss the movement’s progress and decide on our next steps.

Na’amod is a volunteer-led organisation although we now have one paid part-time staff member to provide administrative support.