David Evans holds first meeting with Eran Harmoni, Israeli Labor Secretary General

General Secretary of the UK Labour Party, David Evans, has met with his counterpart, Eran Harmoni, Secretary General of the Israeli Labor Party. LFI Chair Steve McCabe MP joined the meeting.   It was the first meeting between the two General Secretaries of the sister parties in over four years, and the first formal meeting between[…]

In Brief: Keir Starmer holds call with Israeli Labor leader Merav Michaeli

UK Labour leader Keir Starmer held a phone call with Merav Michaeli, leader of Israel’s Labor Party, last weekend. Days before Israelis went to the polls for the fourth time in two years, Starmer wished Michaeli – elected to lead Labour in January 2021 – luck in the upcoming elections. Michaeli tweeted a photo of[…]

LFI officers speak in Holocaust Memorial Day Debate

LFI chair Steve McCabe MP and LFI Parliamentary Officers took part in a debate marking Holocaust Memorial Day in the House of Commons on Thursday 28 January. This annual debate is an opportunity for Parliamentarians from across the House to unite in remembering the victims, honouring survivors, and remembering where antisemitism, racism and hate can[…]

In Brief: Top Trump appointee accused of antisemitic remarks about Israel

A newly appointed adviser to the US secretary of defence has been accused of making antisemitic remarks after suggesting that American politicians become “very very rich” by supporting Israel. Douglas Macgregor, a retired army colonel, has been given the post of adviser to Donald Trump’s acting defence secretary, Christopher Miller. The president fired defence secretary[…]

LFI Director Michael Rubin Participates in Podcast on the EHRC Report

LFI Director Michael Rubin was a guest on the Progressive Britain Podcast which discussed the EHRC report into antisemitism in the Labour Party. Michael joined in a discussion with North West Jewish Labour Movement chair, Dena Ryness, Progress director Nathan Yeowell and Progress Campaign Assistant Frankie Grant. For the last five years, Jewish Labour members[…]

Analysis: After the EHRC: Labour must tackle anti-Zionist antisemitism

Keir Starmer’s response to last week’s report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission represents an important and major step forward in the challenge of rooting out the scourge of antisemitism from the Labour party. The findings of the EHRC’s investigation were both clear and conclusive. “Our investigation has identified serious failings in leadership and[…]

In Brief: Report reveals Corbyn tried to save Livingstone

Jeremy Corbyn directed aides to get Ken Livingstone back into Labour, reports the Jewish Chronicle. In a special enquiry by Panama journalist John Ware, sources revealed two senior leaders’ staff were tasked with organising the former Mayor of London’s re-admittance into the party, coming after his second suspension after his “Hitler … was a Zionist”[…]

Analysis: Starmer: tackling antisemitism a “moral imperative”

Sir Keir Starmer has underlined his determination to begin the process of ridding the Labour party of antisemitism with a series of moves in his first days as leader. Sir Keir’s actions were welcomed by the new chair of Labour Friends of Israel, Steve McCabe. In an opinion piece for the Jewish Chronicle, McCabe pledged LFI’s[…]

LFI Dame Louise Ellman Statement

Following Dame Louise Ellman’s decision to resign her membership of the Labour Party, LFI have released the following statement: Jennifer Gerber, director of LFI, said: “Louise Ellman has taken a characteristically brave and principled decision today. It highlights once again the institutional antisemitism which continues to shame the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s responsibility for[…]

LFI vice-chair speaks about the plight of Jewish refugees

LFI vice-chair Dame Louise Ellman MP has spoken about the forgotten plight of the Jewish refugees from the Middle East and north Africa, in a Parliamentary debate. In a debate in Westminster Hall, Dame Louise Ellman highlighted the tragic plight of the 850,000 Jews displaced from the Middle East in the last seventy years. “It[…]