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[…]

LFI secures parliamentary debate in support of coexistence

LFI vice-chair Catherine McKinnell has secured a debate in parliament on UK support for coexistence projects through an international fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace. This is the next stage in LFI’s long-running campaign in support of those NGOs that bring ordinary Israelis and Palestinians together in the spirit of peaceful coexistence. They are vital in fostering the[…]

LFI Meets UK – Israel Knesset Friendship Group

On Tuesday 3 November LFI Chair Steve McCabe met with members of the Knesset, Oded Forer and Michal Cotler-Wunsh as part of the UK-Israel Parliamentary Friendship Group. Members of Conservative Friends of Israel and the UK-Israel Peers Group also participated in the meeting. The Friendship Group, which was founded in 2015 aims to build ties[…]

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[…]