Joan Ryan writes to the Home Secretary regarding Hezbollah UK bomb factory

Following reports that the UK security services in 2015 foiled an plot by Hezbollah agents in the UK,  LFI chair Joan Ryan has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid expressing concern about the withholding of information about the plot from both the public and parliament. Until February of this year, only Hezbollah’s military wing was[…]

Analysis: Germany condemns “antisemitic” BDS movement

The German parliament last week passed a motion condemning as antisemitic the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. The motion was the joint initiative of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and centre-left Social Democrat party, and was backed by the Greens and the centrist Free Democrats. Entitled “Resist the BDS Movement – Fighting Antisemitism”,[…]

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[…]

Victory for LFI campaign as government bans Hezbollah in entirety

The British government last week announced it was banning Hezbollah in its entirety in a major victory for LFI’s long-running campaign. Previously, only the military wing of the antisemitic terror group was proscribed in Britain. LFI chair Joan Ryan and vice-chair Dame Louise Ellman have led parliamentary efforts to ban the political wing. Ms Ryan[…]

Analysis: Watson leads protests against Malaysian bar on Israeli Paralympians

The deputy leader of the Labour party, Tom Watson, has led the protests against the decision of Malaysia to bar Israeli athletes from participating in the World Para Swimming Championships, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, which takes place in the country this summer. The championships are being held on the island[…]

LFI Chair Joan Ryan protests Malaysian ban of Israeli Athletes

Joan Ryan MP has sent letters, to the Malaysian high commissioner and minister for sports, in protest at the country denying entry visas to Israeli swimmers to compete in this summer’s World Para Swimming Championships, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games. You can view the letter Malaysian High Commissioner here and the Minister[…]

Joint LFI, CFI and Israeli Embassy event on Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran

This week, LFI, in partnership with CFI and the Israeli Embassy, hosted a special briefing in parliament to commemorate the plight of Jewish refugees from Arab countries and Iran. Ambassador Mark Regev and Board of Deputies vice-president Edwin Shuker spoke about the 850,000 Jewish refugees who were forced to flee Arab and Muslim countries. LFI[…]