A fund for Israeli-Palestinian peace

Joan Ryan MP  |  18 January 2017

We need an international fund to bring a lasting peace to both sides of the Green Line, writes Labour Friends of Israel chair Joan Ryan MP The fact that neither Israeli nor Palestinian representatives were present at last weekend’s Paris peace conference tells you everything you need to know about the flawed approach of the international …

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‘We naffed off quite a lot of people’

Adam Harrison and Richard Angell  |  29 June 2015

Labour must not concede political ground on austerity and immigration, says Jeremy Corbyn Whatever your politics, it is hard not to like Jeremy Corbyn. Fresh back from the GMB hustings in Dublin, we joke about his alleged Irish heritage. Corbyn recounts where the myth started: ‘It was one of those interesting evenings of contrast. I’d just …

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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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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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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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Holocaust Memorial Day

Denis MacShane MP  |  27 January 2012

Holocaust Memorial Day is a moment to reflect on a unique evil. Man’s inhumanity to man is known throughout history. But never before have the entire resources of a people and a state been placed at the service of  the extermination a people whose condition was unalterable: the racist ideology of the far-right that grew …

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Evidence of danger

Bob Glaberson  |  1 December 2011

The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency says it believes Iran is working on developing nuclear weapons. This means that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism could end up with the bomb. Iran supports Hamas which the US and EU list as a terrorist organisation. It supports Hezbollah which has carried out kidnappings, airplane hijackings …

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Like Ed, we should all be friends of Israel

Paul Richards  |  18 November 2011

In common with many British Jews, Ed Miliband has a close family association with Israel. In a speech this week to Labour Friends of Israel, the Labour leader described his grandmother’s emigration to Israel and his visits as a young man to Yad Vashem, the monument to the Holocaust. Here, at the Avenue of the …

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The dream of nationhood

Alex Bigham  |  11 October 2011

Everywhere the nation-state is in flux. From global businesses that have more spending power than many countries, to protesters using social networks to bypass the forces of law and order, the state monopoly of power is under challenge. Why, then, does the dream of nationhood still captivate the aspirations of those denied it, whether in …

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