In Brief: US Congress gives big boost to Israeli-Palestinian Peace fund

A key committee in the US Congress has voted to include in its budget legislation to introduce an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The campaign for the $250m fund, which would support people-to-people work between Israelis and Palestinians, has been led by the Alliance for Middle East Peace. In the UK, it has been spearheaded[…]

LFI chair welcomes Israeli-Palestinian COVID-19 cooperation

Speaking in Foreign Office questions, LFI chair Steve McCabe welcomed Israeli-Palestinian cooperation to tackle COVID-19. “I thank the Minister for his comments. Will he join me in welcoming the news that Israel has approved a $230 million advance payment to the Palestinian Authority, alongside coronavirus test kits, intensive care beds, ventilators, drugs and protective equipment?[…]

LFI Delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories – July 2019

Labour Friends of Israel took a group of centre-left parliamentarians on delegation to Israel and the Palestinian Territories at the end of July. The group was led by LFI chair Dame Louise Ellman MP, and included LFI honorary president Joan Ryan MP, Rosie Cooper MP, Steve McCabe MP, and Phil Wilson MP. The group began[…]

LFI officers urge DFID to support MEET

LFI officers have written to the secretary of state for international development, Penny Mordaunt, to urge the UK government to urgently make funds available to support coexistence group MEET, Middle East Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow. MEET plays an essential role in bringing young Israelis and Palestinians together to foster peaceful dialogue. LFI has long advocated support[…]

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[…]

LFI vice-chair introduces bill against terrorist incitement in PA schools

LFI vice-chair Dame Louise Ellman MP has today presented a ten minute rule bill in parliament designed to stop the Palestinian Authority education system using British taxpayers’ money to fund a school curriculum which incites the murder of Israelis. Supported by a cross-party group of MPs, Dame Louise’s bill will mandate that UK assistance to[…]

LFI vice-chair to introduce bill on incitement in Palestinian schools

LFI vice-chair Dame Louise Ellman has secured a ten minute rule bill on the 8 January on the topic of incitement in the Palestinian Authority curriculum. Her bill will mandate that UK assistance to the Palestinian Authority education system must comply with international values of peace and tolerance. It will also require an annual review[…]

Joan Ryan speech to LFI Annual Lunch 2018

  *** CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY *** Rt Hon Joan Ryan MP Labour Friends of Israel Annual Lunch 2018   Chief Rabbi, Ambassador Regev, friends Thank you to all of you for being here today. In particular, I want to thank Sir David Garrard and Isaac Kaye, our long-standing lunch sponsors. I also want to thank all of my parliamentary colleagues who[…]