HDSA strongly opposes the upcoming "Israel Apartheid Week". We will always forcefully oppose campaigns if they are based on emotional slogans and uninformed rhetoric when it proves an obstruction to real education and nuanced engagement with often complex issues. Furthermore, IAW makes no distinction between what happens on different sides of the Green Line, which is an dishonest portrayal of the reality on the ground. Lastly, HDSA condemns any antisemitism defended under a guise of concern for human rights, whenever it occurs. We call on those who are truly invested in a just and peaceful future to engage in honest, nuanced discussion and oppose appeals to emotive slogans and rhetoric.
HDSA is also dismayed at the recent increase in settlement construction in the West Bank, particularly in the light of the ongoing Peace Negotiations with the Palestinians. Recent figures released by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics reveal that, in 2013, 2534 new housing units were built in the West Bank - an increase of 123% from the previous year and the highest number in more than a decade. HDSA considers settlement construction a major obstacle to the peace process, and action which casts significant doubt on the sincerity of the current Israeli government in their quest for a Two-State solution (the only sustainable and secure solution for Israel). We call on the Israeli government to freeze settlement construction, and for both Palestinian and Israeli Leadership to make the hard compromises necessary for reaching a sustainable two-state solution.