Analysis: UK Hezbollah ban comes into force

Britain’s ban on Hezbollah came into force last Friday. It means that being a member or supporter of the antisemitic terror group is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The government’s move followed several years of campaigning by LFI and Jewish groups. Previously, only Hezbollah’s military wing was banned in the UK. Hezbollah itself[…]

LFI Welcomes Anshel Pfeffer to Parliament

Labour Friends of Israel was delighted to welcome Anshel Pfeffer to Parliament, to speak about the upcoming Israeli elections. Anshel Pfeffer is a leading Israeli Journalist, and currently writes for the Israeli daily Haaretz, the Economist and the Jewish Chronicle. He has also written for the Guardian and is often called upon by British media[…]

Analysis: Netanyahu indictment throws Israeli poll into flux

Israel’s general election campaign has been thrown into flux by legal and political developments which may put Benjamin Netanyahu’s long-term future as prime minister at risk. On Thursday, attorney general Avichai Mandelblit announced he was indicting the Israeli leader in relation to three police investigations into alleged corruption. The indictments – for fraud, bribery and breach of[…]

Analysis: Who’s to blame for latest blow to coexistence funding?

Last year, the Trump administration abruptly axed $10m in US support for vital people-to-people work which brings together Israelis and Palestinians to promote the values of coexistence, peace and reconciliation. Now this crucial work has sustained another blow with the cessation of all US aid to the Palestinian Authority. It is the result of a series of[…]

Analysis: Who is Benny Gantz?

Seemingly out of nowhere, Benny Gantz’s newly formed Israel Resilience party has risen to second place in the opinion polls, representing the biggest barrier to Benjamin Netanyahu’s hopes of re-election in April. But the former IDF chief of staff’s surge has thus far been predicated on silence. By barely uttering an opinion about politics, he’s[…]

Joan Ryan responds to Emily Thornberry on Syria

LFI chair Joan Ryan writes to Emily Thornberry in response to Emily’s letter to Jeremy Hunt on the situation in Syria. Joan states that Emily’s letter is “nothing short of a complete misreading of the facts” and that “in a dispute between the Middle East’s only democracy and a brutal theocracy which sponsors and promotes[…]