Labour Friends of Israel

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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For Israel, for Palestine, for peace

Jennifer Gerber  |  26 October 2016

As Britain found in Northern Ireland, broad popular support is an essential underpinning for any successful peace process. Over the two decades since the signing of the Oslo Accords, an extensive and growing network of NGOs has worked at a grassroots level to foster the values of coexistence, peace and reconciliation between the Israeli and …

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Lasting peace has to be built on the twin pillars of coexistence

Joan Ryan MP  |  15 October 2015

The terrorist attacks which have occurred over the past two weeks in Israel have been truly shocking. To take just three examples of these senseless acts of violence: yesterday a 70-year-old woman was stabbed while sitting on a bus in central Jerusalem. Days earlier, a child was stabbed while riding his bicycle. Last week, a …

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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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Solutions, not blame

Jennifer Gerber  |  3 September 2014

The international community must step up Where do we go from here? After a summer of bloodshed and fear in Israel and Gaza, what can the left do to keep alive hopes for long-term peace and stability? It is vital to recognise that Israel was forced into this conflict by Hamas, which has indiscriminately launched …

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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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UK and Israeli Labour: strengthening ties

Hilik Bar  |  11 April 2014

The British and Israeli Labour parties are sister parties and founding members of the Socialist International. The parties share core values in their commitment to social democracy. The time has come to rejuvenate the historic links between the parties for the sake of social democracy in both countries and for the cause of peace in …

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Good luck Ha’avoda

Ben Garratt  |  22 January 2013

Israel goes to the polls today for its general election. At Labour Friends of Israel, we make the progressive case for Israel, drawing attention to the country’s vibrant democracy, civil society and economic sphere in all its varied guises. However, if there is one time in the political calendar in which I hope we will …

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Co-op’s demonisation of Israel

Eric Lee  |  8 May 2012

On 28 April, the Cooperative Group voted to stop trading with Israeli companies that source some of their products from Jewish settlements in the occupied territories.  It is the first British supermarket chain to do so. For those of us who support a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine and who oppose the building of …

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Can Mofaz rejuvenate the peace process?

Alex Bjarnason  |  26 April 2012

Last week I attended a discussion on ‘Ways to reinvigorate the Middle East peace process’ organised by the South-East Asia and Middle East Forum. Israeli senior embassy diplomat Ran Gidor spoke of the impressive progress made by the Palestinians in state-building, and singled out Middle East envoy Tony Blair for special praise. He repeated his …

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