LFI Chair: We must suspend aid that finances hate-filled curriculum

Labour Friends of Israel Chair Steve McCabe MP has written for Jewish News. Click here to read the original. Britain is a long-standing advocate of  a two-state solution, but its funding for these lessons in hate undermines this. We should support efforts to bring about peace, reconciliation and coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. Instead, UK[…]

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[…]

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[…]

LFI Hosts Parliamentary Briefing with ALLMEP

  On Tuesday November 17th LFI hosted a parliamentary briefing with John Lyndon, Executive Director of ALLMEP, the Alliance for Middle East Peace. ALLMEP is a coalition of over 125 organisations—and tens of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis—building people-to-people cooperation, coexistence, equality, shared society, mutual understanding, and peace among their communities. The briefing was a unique[…]

Analysis: LFI MPs push for International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace

LFI vice-chair Catherine McKinnell led a debate in parliament today calling for the British government to support the establishment of an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The debate is part of a long-running campaign by LFI – ‘For Israel, For Palestine, For Peace’ – to back the fund, which would invest in peacebuilding projects that[…]

LFI Vice-Chair: ‘Global Britain’ must mean investing in Israeli-Palestinian peace-building

LFI vice-chair Diana Johnson MP has written for LabourList, click here to read the original. My fellow Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair Catherine McKinnell has today secured a parliamentary debate on UK support for an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace. This debate could not come at a better time. The US House of Representatives recently approved legislation that brought[…]

In Brief: Hamas court convicts peace activists over Zoom call with Israelis

A military court in Gaza this week convicted three Palestinian peace activists for holding a video call with Israelis in April. Rami Aman, the head of the Gaza Youth Committee, was sentenced to a year in prison after being found guilty of “weakening revolutionary spirit”. However, the court said it would “halt” implementation of the[…]

In Brief: MEPs urge EU to get tough with PA on controversial curriculum

More than 20 members of the European parliament from 15 nations have urged the European Union to partially withhold funding from the PA until Ramallah makes sweeping changes to its controversial school curriculum. The new curriculum, introduced in 2017, incites violence, glorifies terrorism and contains antisemitic content. The UK government has admitted its aid funds the[…]

In Brief: Peacebuilding work necessary, not just nice, says ALLMEP report

The services that peacebuilding organisations provide for their communities are not just nice – they are necessary, a new report from the Alliance for Middle East Peace says this week. The study, A Resilient Israeli-Palestinian Peacebuilding Sector in the Face of the Coronavirus Pandemic, looks at the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on civic society[…]

In Brief: LFI chair welcomes normalisation agreement in parliamentary debate

Steve McCabe has welcomed the normalisation agreements signed by Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain earlier this month. In a parliamentary debate last week, LFI’s chair also urged the government to restore funding to peace-building coexistence projects. “I hope other countries in the region will follow [the UAE and Bahrain] and that Israel can live[…]