In Brief: PA expects first vaccine shipment as Israel aims for 250,000 jabs a day

The Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday that the first shipment of covid vaccines – which had been expected “within days” – had been delayed until mid-February for “technical reasons”. Last week, the PA health ministry granted emergency approval for the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine. It is one of four providers with which the PA has signed contracts. Israel has already approved Ramallah’s request for the[…]

In Brief: Labour calls for new approach to Iran and tougher nuclear deal

A new tougher nuclear deal with Iran is needed, the shadow Middle East minister Wayne David has argued. In a piece for The House Magazine, David calls for the incoming Biden administration to rejoin the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and offer Iran relief from the crippling sanctions imposed by Donald Trump, arguing that the US has approach has[…]

In Brief: Abbas announces Palestinians will vote in new elections this year

Mahmoud Abbas has fired the starting gun on presidential and parliamentary elections in the West Bank and Gaza – 15 years after Palestinians last went to the polls. The Palestinian president signed a decree on Friday scheduling parliamentary elections for 22 May. Presidential elections will follow two months later on 31 July, with a vote for the Palestinian National Council  – the PLO’s elected[…]

Work for LFI: Parliamentary Affairs and Research Manager

Job Title: Parliamentary Affairs and Research Manager Working For: Labour Friends of Israel Location: London Salary: £25,000 – £28,000 dependent on experience Closing Date: Monday 1st February Job Details Full-time. 12 month, fixed-term contract. Labour Friends of Israel seeks an experienced individual to manage the organisation’s parliamentary and political work, as well as to produce[…]

In Brief: US bill with $250m boost to Israel-Palestine peacebuilding becomes law

The US Congress has passed a historic bill which will provide a $250m boost to coexistence work in Israel-Palestine, as well as Palestinian economic development. The legislation, which received bipartisan support, was signed after days of prevarication by Donald Trump between Christmas and the new year. It is a major victory for the Alliance for[…]

In Brief: Outgoing Labor leader Amir Peretz won’t stand in new Israeli elections

The outgoing Labor leader Amir Peretz announced today that he won’t stand in the Israeli general election scheduled for 23 March. Peretz announced he was quitting as Labor leader shortly after new Knesset elections were triggered last month following the government’s failure to pass an annual budget. Peretz controversially broke a pledge last spring not[…]

Analysis: How Israel came to lead the global vaccination drive

Israel continues to lead the world in the speed of its coronavirus vaccine rollout programme. Less than one month after Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli to receive the covid-19 immunisation jab, the country has vaccinated over 22 percent of its population. By the start of this week, nearly three-quarters of Israelis over the age of 60 had been[…]

LFI Chair Steve McCabe MP Speaks in Parliamentary Global Britain Debate

On Monday 11 January LFI Chair Steve McCabe spoke during a Global Britain debate which took place in the main chamber at the House of Commons. Steve urged the Government to support the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. Steve said the Fund, which has been pioneered by the Alliance for Middle East Peace and will provide support for non-governmental organisations[…]