Britain can prevent another war in Gaza

Andrew Dismore  |  27 February 2015

Last summer’s war in Gaza caused a great deal of division as passions ran high about both Hamas’ rocket bombardment against Israel and the nature of Israel’s response. I was pleased, therefore, to see Labour Friends of Israel this week launch a new campaign with an aim which I hope will unite rather than divide: …

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Reason to be ashamed

Luke Akehurst  |  2 September 2014

The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians brings out the best in some politicians, inspiring them to dedicate large chunks of their time and political capital to the task of mediating between the two sides, designing peaceful solutions and advancing diplomacy. Others are inspired by compassion, empathy or an understanding of one or both sides’ …

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Where are the decent left on antisemitism?

Mark Gardner  |  19 August 2014

It is wrong for a Jewish community spokesperson to say, but I am sick and tired of commenting on whatever the latest spat is between David Ward and British Jews. I am bored by him and past caring whether or not he is ever to be properly disciplined by Liberal Democrat Party HQ. I hate …

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Why Labour is right on Israel

Ben Bradshaw MP  |  18 August 2014

In his article for the Progress website, Tal Ofer took Ed Miliband and Douglas Alexander to task for their reaction to the latest Israeli bombardment of and incursion into Gaza. Under the headline ‘The wrong stance on Gaza’, Tal criticised the Labour leadership for issuing ‘a number of statements’ that were ‘very disappointing’ and accused …

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The wrong stance on Gaza

Tal Ofer  |  11 August 2014

On 17 June this year Ed Miliband was the keynote speaker at the Labour Friends of Israel annual lunch. He delivered a rousing speech, drawing on his recent visit to Israel. But he also spoke about the security challenges that Israel face and he mentioned his visit to Sderot, which has suffered terribly from Hamas …

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The challenge for the Israeli peace camp

Toby Greene  |  15 July 2014

The Israeli peace movement had a major relaunch last week. What, you didn’t hear about it? It was a big deal. Slick media campaign led by Haaretz; a couple of thousand delegates in a Tel Aviv hotel; cabinet ministers on the programme; even a message from Barack Obama. I am not making this up. It …

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Why is Iran Air still flying to Heathrow?

Luke Akehurst  |  6 February 2013

Barely a week goes past without the Iranian regime’s rogue status making headlines. President Ahmadinejad is the figurehead of one of the most repressive regimes in the world. Iran under his leadership has: •    Provided support for the Syrian government in its civil war. •    Cracked down on anti-government protesters, journalists, human rights activists and …

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Peace process needn’t be rocket science

Luke Akehurst  |  21 November 2012

As well as being a Labour party activist I work as director of We Believe in Israel, a grassroots campaign group. I therefore don’t pretend to be an unbiased observer of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. But I have studied the situation closely enough to understand that the events of the last week are …

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After Goldstone

Ben Garratt  |  13 April 2011

Richard Goldstone's about-face provides an opportunity to promote our internationalist values and stem the tide of hatred against Israel

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Keep individual freedom to commence private prosecutions

Vera Baird  |  6 December 2010

Wes Streeting is wrong to countenance with such ease letting go of the citizen right to commence a private prosecution in war crimes cases, as the coalition intends to do. It is an important right in a way beyond how Wes characterises it in his piece on Progress.

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