LFI Chair writes to Foreign Secretary re: Iran arms embargo expiry

Steve McCabe MP, Chair of Labour Friends of Israel, has written a letter to the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab MP, expressing deep concern about the lifting of the UN arms embargo on Iran. In the letter, Steve McCabe expresses his huge disappointment that it has “not been possible to secure international consensus to extend the arms[…]

LFI chair urges UK government to take action on PA curriculum

LFI’s chair, Steve McCabe, has written an op-ed for this week’s Jewish News in which he urges the government to take action on the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum. The curriculum, introduced in 2017, incites violence and glorifies terrorists. Through the Department for International Development, UK taxpayers’ aid funds the salaries of some 33,000 teachers and[…]

LFI chair: The left’s fixation on Israel has stifled fresh analysis about long-term stability in the Middle East

LFI chair Steve McCabe has written for The House, click here to read the original. Relations in the Middle East are shifting. Labour Friends of Israel will help craft a new internationalist approach to the region, while standing up to anti-Semitism in our party Labour Friends of Israel this week doubled our number of vice-chairs[…]

LFI Director: My progressive values mean I support Labour — and Israel

LFI director Michael Rubin has written in the Jewish Chronicle. Click here to view the original. This week I start as Director of LFI. After five years of Jeremy Corbyn, and 10 years of increasingly right-wing government in Israel, friends of Israel have questioned if they can still find a home in Labour, while progressives[…]

LFI responds to revelations that the government’s PA curriculum review has examined the wrong textbooks

LFI has expressed deep concern about the latest revelations concerning a UK government-backed review on incitement to violence in the Palestinian Authority’s school curriculum. The review appears to have mistakenly studied school books used by Israeli-Arab children, not Palestinian pupils, while three-quarters of the textbooks in an unpublished interim report are not taught in Palestinian schools. The[…]

Steve McCabe: Under Keir’s new management, Labour can be honest-broker for Israel-Palestine

This article first appeared in the JewishNews. Click here to read the original.  LFI’s meeting last week with Keir Starmer was another demonstration that our party is, as Labour’s leader put it himself, “under new management”. Keir’s acknowledgment that the last five years have been difficult for LFI’s members and supporters, set the tone for[…]

LFI meets Keir Starmer

Labour Friends of Israel today met with Keir Starmer for the first time since his election as leader of the Labour party. LFI chair Steve McCabe said he was “delighted to chair a meeting between LFI and Labour leader Keir Starmer”, adding that “since his election, we have already seen the start of real progress in[…]

The best way to oppose Netanyahu is to redouble our efforts on behalf of a two-state solution, says LFI chair Steve McCabe MP

LFI chair Steve McCabe has written in the Jewish Chronicle to oppose any annexation and and setting out five tests for a measured and effective response from the UK. Click here to read the original.  As we approach a possible July announcement, a decision by the Israeli government to begin annexing parts of the West[…]

Labour parliamentarians urge Palestinian economic support package

A group of Labour parliamentarians have written to the foreign secretary urging a “comprehensive, internationally backed, programme of assistance to help stabilise the Palestinian economy” They also urge “medical and humanitarian assistance to help ensure that efforts by Palestinians and Israelis to contain the spread of the virus, in the West Bank, are maintained as restrictions[…]