Labour MPs visit Israel and the Palestinian Territories on LFI delegation

Seven Labour parliamentarians toured Israel and the Palestinian territories this week on a delegation run by Labour Friends of Israel. LFI parliamentary chair Joan Ryan led the delegation, and she was joined by MPs Louise Ellman, Andrew Gwynne, Stephen Morgan, Sharon Hodgson, and Jonathan Reynolds, as well as Lord Roy Kennedy. The delegation first visited Jerusalem, including a tour[…]

Metropolitan police confirm to LFI vice-chair Hezbollah flags can be flown on Al-Quds day due to government policy

In a letter to Louise Ellman MP, vice-chair of LFI, Commander Jane Connors of the Metropolitan police confirmed that the Hezbollah flag can be flown at this year’s Al-Quds day protest in London as the terror group’s “political wing” is not proscribed by parliament. The letter makes clear that it is government policy – and[…]

Analysis: A pledge and a plan for Gaza

Last week’s tragic events on the Gaza border underline the need for urgent action to address the plight of the Palestinian people. Earlier this year, LFI launched a Pledge for Gaza. It promotes a multifaceted approach, one with political, diplomatic and economic strands. The pledge recognises the suffering of the people of Gaza and the dire[…]

Analysis: Why we all need to reflect when we talk about Gaza

This post, by LFI Director Jennifer Gerber, first appeared on Progress Simple narratives that seek to cast all the blame of the Gaza conflict on one side are as naive as they are unhelpful to the cause of peace, writes Labour Friends of Israel’s Jennifer Gerber On Tuesday Labour Friends of Israel issued a tweet[…]

Analysis: Time to end Gaza’s cycle of violence – Joan Ryan MP

This blog by Joan Ryan MP, parliamentary chair of Labour Friends of Israel, was originally posted on Times of Israel The terrible and shocking events in Gaza yesterday require urgent and immediate action to end the cycle of violence and address the plight of its people. Like any other country, Israel has a right to[…]

Analysis: Trump should mend, not end, the Iran nuclear deal

President Trump’s decision yesterday to pull the US out of the Iran nuclear agreement deals a severe, possibly fatal, blow to the 2015 agreement which aims to prevent the Islamic republic from resuming its nuclear programme. Trump says he will reimpose sanctions on Iran, which were lifted in return for Tehran’s compliance with the accord,[…]

Analysis: Abbas’ antisemitism pervades the PA

Mahmoud Abbas claimed on Monday that the behaviour of Jews was responsible for the Holocaust – the latest example of the antisemitism regularly perpetrated by the president and the Palestinian Authority. Addressing the Palestinian National Council in Ramallah, Abbas said Hitler’s murder of six million Jews was not caused by antisemitism but by the “social behaviour” of Jews,[…]