Who are we?
We believe that Israel should be a source of good and blessing to the world. Selling arms to the most brutal regimes in the world turns Israel into a source of suffering and destruction in the world, and makes all Israeli citizens partners in these crimes.
Instead, let’s become partners in repairing this wrong.
| A Moral Red Line
Every request to export Israeli weapons requires the approval of the Defense Exports Control Agency (DECA), the Defense Ministry’s unit for oversight on weapons exports, to ensure that the transaction does not negatively affect Israel’s security and diplomatic interests. Prior to this stage, there must be an evaluation of the potential client in order to ensure that it is not likely that Israeli weapons will be used to violate human rights. Failing this test must mean that a license is not issued, even if there may be economic, security or diplomatic interests that advocate for the sale to take place.
| Effective Oversight
The moral criteria for receiving an export license should be established and applied by an independent committee that includes representatives from outside the military and the government, such as academics and experts in human rights.
Whenever there is a question regarding Israeli weapons in the hands of brutal regimes, the claim is that revealing any information will negatively effect Israel’s security and diplomatic interests. Israel must allow for a level of transparency similar to other democratic nations, who report on their weapons exports, and particularly, on embargoes that they establish, in a transparent manner.
The first step to achieving our goals is an emendation of Israel’s export law, to create a moral red line that must be met before receiving an export license, and to create a transparent, effective mechanism to ensure compliance.
How Will We Accomplish This?
Ignorance enables apathy. Taking responsibility will come with a greater understanding of the gravity of this problem. We’re happy to come teach in every educational setting- pre-army programs, university campuses, youth movements, communities, synagogues- anywhere.
Add your voice to a petition calling on the government to pass a law that will end Israeli weapons exports to murderous regimes.
The Moral Majority Challenge
We are sure that there are at least one million people who do not want to be partners to the crimes committed by countries all over the world with Israeli weapons. Are you willing to spend 1 shekel a month in order to become a partner in fixing this problem?
We invite every organization to express its support for a proper, moral law to end this atrocity. Change will come when more and more individuals and more and more organizations speak out.
Get to know our staff and supporters
| Governing Board
“We can’t sell weapons to murderers with one hand, while waving the other hand and saying ‘we have the most moral army in the world!’ As a combat soldier who serves in the reserves, the ability to fight depends directly on the level of trust in our maintenance of the highest moral standards and purity of arms. The founding of Yanshoof is a step towards greater application of our moral values”
Yitzchak Engelman, co-founder and secretary of Yanshoof, is a mediator and group facilitator.
“We cannot make peace with a state of affairs in which the state of Israel, and all of its citizens, are complicit in and support the most terrible atrocities the world over. This represents the deepest desecration of the vision and purpose of the state of Israel”.
“I believe that the purpose of this organization is a critical element in the fight for Israel’s soul.”
“I believe that the purpose of this organization is a critical element in the fight for Israel’s soul.”
Elisabeth Mayman, Yanshoof governing board member, is a management consultant, mediator and coach, and the founder of EB Consulting.
We express our deep appreciation to our supporters and partners: the Aviv Foundation, the Davidi and Natalie Jonas Foundation, the Steinmetz-Herskovits Foundation, the Kowadlo family, the Barnabas Foundation, and many individual, private donors.
| Public Advisory Board
People speak of a “Halachic State”? Well- this is what it means to be a halachic state! The economic concern cannot be turned into a security concern. Fundamental moral red lines must be set.
Rabbi Yaakov Ariel is the former Chief Rabbi of Ramat Gan, the president of Yeshivat Hesder Ramat Gan and many other organizations, the recipient of the Israeli Prize for Torah literature, and considered one of the most senior rabbis of the Religious Zionist community in Israel.
“Weapons murder! . They deserve to be used only for genuine self-defense. Cynical capitalist justification of unlimited arms trading is criminal, ungodly, and inhuman.”
Prof. Israel Charny is a Psychologist and Historian, and one of the most senior researchers in the field of genocide, the founder of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, founder and executive director of the Institute on the Holocaust & Genocide, the editor of the “Encyclopedia of Genocide”, and the author of many books on the topic.
Ethical Policy is the foundation of our existence, as a nation meant to be a blessing to the world. Even in the world of global necessity and hypocrisy- there are limits, and providing weapons and technologies to the worst kinds of regimes is a violation of those limits, that we must demand an end to.
Israel’s impact on the world must be a moral one, of blessed contribution, of light to the nations, and not of darkness, God forbid. This is the responsibility and the destiny that we carried throughout generations of suffering and oppression, this is the dream of returning to Zion for which we built our national home- that we can build a society by the light of the basic values of Judaism-the sanctity of life and human dignity.
Rabba Tamar Elad-Applebaum is the founder of the Zion community in Jerusalem, and co-director of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Midreshet Oranim’s Rabbanut Israelit program.
“As someone who has volunteered for many years in organizations dedicated to Tikkun Olam in third world countries, I have felt ashamed to discover the footprints of Israeli arms companies in the darkest, most reprehensible places from a moral perspective. As someone who grew up on the thought of A.D. Gordon, I believe in the light of our national soul, and I believe that the light is great.”
Prof. Yuval Elbashan is a writer, community lawyer, and the dean of the multicultural campuses of the Ono Academic College
“I am committed to this cause as one who is committed to the efforts to invest practical content into the idea of Israel as a “Jewish-Democratic” state.”
Tehilla Friedman is a former Knesset member, a social entrepreneur, a director in the non-profit world, a writer, speaker, jurist, Jerusalemite and mother of 5.
“The state of Israel, as a Jewish state, is meant to be guided by the light of the founding values of the Jewish people, to ensure its moral and cultural character. The cause that Yanshoof has taken upon itself to advance is one of the foundation stones of our identity as a nation with a moral message of the sanctity of human life and the respect for human dignity. I wholeheartedly support the vision of Yanshoof and its activities.”
Prof. Benny Ish Shalom is the founder and president of Beit Morasha in Jerusalem, chairman of the Joint Institute for Jewish Studies for those seeking to convert, and a Professor of Jewish thought.
“How can we understand the fact that a state that is rightfully proud of the morality of its army, that provides astounding aid to countries throughout the world that suffer national disasters- that same country allows- and, shamefully, at times even encourages- this kind of cooperation with brutal regimes whose hands are full of blood?”
Rabbi Yehuda Gilad, is the Rabbi of Kibbutz Lavi, Rosh Yeshiva of the Maaleh Gilboa Yeshiva, a former member of Knesset, and a member of the board of “Beit Hillel”
“Shun evil and do good” (Psalms 34:15). Most of my time is dedicated to the second part of this verse. When it comes to “doing good” in the world, Israel has much to be proud of, as a country and as a society. But it is no less critical that we also be guided by the first part of the verse, shunning evil by ending our military support of regimes that spread evil in the world.
Dyonna Ginsburg is the CEO of Olam, an umbrella organization of 65 Jewish and Israeli non-profits engaged in humanitarian work in the developing world.
We returned to our land for the sake of the Jewish people’s revival, but also, out of a faith that the Jewish tradition would help us build a society that would serve as a model that the world would emulate. In many ways we have accomplished this. But our weapons export policy fails us. Yanshoof leads the way to correct this. Together, we have a chance to fix ourselves, and become a model to the nations once again.
Dr. Daniel Gordis is the vice President of the Shalem College, a senior Koret fellow, and head of the college’s humanities program.
“Making profit is not, and should not be, the ultimate goal of business activity. A proper, just company must consider ethical questions at every level of its functioning, because businesses have fundamental, deep influence on shaping the public sphere. Ethics and business are not two separate realms: all of us, including corporations, have a responsibility for the character of the society in which we live. The time has come to take this responsibility seriously.”
Dr. Ronit Kedar is a senior lecturer on law, and a co-founder of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at the College of Law and Business. She lectures and writes on topics related to corporate responsibility and the philosophy of law.
This is a moral issue of the highest priority, that touches on the very essence of our existence. This is a red line, in which we become complicit in crimes against humanity committed with our weapons. It is a moral stain on us all.
Rabbi Michael Melchior is a community rabbi in Jerusalem, as well as the Chief Rabbi of Norway, and the head of the rabbinical court of the Jewish communities of Scandinavia. He is a former minister and Knesset member, and the founder of the Meimad movement. Rabbi Melchior is a leader of international renown, a thinker and activist for social justice, educational reform, and interreligious coexistence and peace..
“ The integrity of public service and public servants needs also to be measured by the refusal to sell weapons to regimes that rely on the violation of human rights, morality and basic ethical values that we, as a Jewish and democratic state, are committed to.”
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov (Mendy) Or served as commander of the COGAT, and was responsible for government oversight in the State Comptroller’s office, serving as the vice CEO of the office. He is also a member of the governing board of the Movement for Integrity (HaTnuah LeTohar HaMiddot).
Money, and particularly the money from the weapons industry, has a scent, and this scent is at times particularly offensive. Even if we have not reached the end of days, there is no reason that the lust for profit on the part of Israeli corporations should define Israel’s export policy, while we ignore the suffering to innocents that it causes. This is especially true at a time that social expectations of business corporations are changing in light of their growing political and economic power.
Dr. Ofer Sitbon is a senior lecturer at the College of Law and Business, and he heads its Clinic for Corporate Responsibility. He is co-founder of the Institute for Corporate Responsibility, and a senior fellow and head of Economics at the Shaharit Institute. He co-edited the book “Market, Law and Politics:On Corporate Social Responsibility” (2017).
“As individuals and as a nation, we have, at the very least, the moral obligation not to support regimes that violate human rights, certainly not by selling weapons or advanced technologies for spying and control.”
Dr. Efrat Ram Tiktin is a lecturer of Political Philosophy, bioethics and practical ethics in the Philosophy department at Bar Ilan University.
Our Partners in the Cause
The following organizations made the decision to become partners to repair this problem, and affirm Yanshoof’s Organizational Commitment.
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בית תפילה ישראלי
רבנים למען זכויות אדם
בית תפילה ישראלי
בי״ס לסיוע הומניטרי
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Public figures explain the importance of this cause
“ People are lacking who will consider the moral, ethical factor, and who do not come from the side of the defense industry. Currently, the discussion is not a balanced one, it is for the most part made up of people with a background in defense. I am not sure what weight is given, if any at all, to moral and ethical considerations.”
Ruth Yaron, Brig. General (res.), previously spokesperson for the IDF.
“Regarding the complicity in this sin as citizens of Israel, I want to say- we do not want the state of Israel to aid more genocidal campaigns with weapons exports to countries involved in civil wars. We must wake up, and demand that the government pass a law that will forbid this blood trade.”
Prof. Rachel Elior, head of the department of Jewish Philosophy, Hebrew University.
“Our being a ‘light to the nations’, which exists in the technological realm and the medical realm, but also exist in the moral realm, and this story of arming murderous regimes is a moral stain.”
Moshe Feiglin, chairman of Zehut.
Come be Partners in Repair
It’s not easy to say this, but we, all of us, are complicit in the evil that is committed by governments all over the world who are aided with Israeli arms. It happens against our will, without our knowledge, but nevertheless- as citizens of a democratic country in which these sales are official government policy- we have a part in this. But there is something you can do! You can transform from someone who is complicit in these crimes to someone who is a partner in repairing this problem. How?
We ask you to begin with a small investment- just one shekel per month.
Why? Because we’ll succeed in fixing this problem only when all of us who are implied in it are willing to take responsibility for it.
And if we all do that, even one shekel will be enough to make a difference.
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We need to get to one million partners- and we need your help to do that.