Plans unveiled for Palestine’s first-ever ‘green city’

A UK architecture firm has revealed plans for a $1bn ‘green city’ in the occupied territories of Palestine. Khalil Al Khadra is backed by non-profit organisation Shurook and is intended to serve as a model for private sector investment in Palestine and the wider Middle East. Designed by Lyndon Goode Architects, the plans include 12,000 … Continue reading

Ambassador optimistic at LDFI AGM

LDFI welcomed Ambassador Mark Regev to our AGM. LDFI President Lord Monroe Palmer and Chair Gavin Stollar with Israel’s Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mark Regev Ambassador Regev looked forward to the 2017 celebrations of the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. He noted the key part played by Liberal Prime Minister David Lloyd-George in … Continue reading

New poll finds even stronger opposition to boycotts of Israel

The number of British people who do not support economic boycotts of Israel has soared over the last year, according to a new Populus opinion poll for Israel and Middle East think tank BICOM. The poll reveals that 51 per cent of people “do not boycott Israeli goods, and find it difficult to see why … Continue reading

LDFI fringe at Lib Dems Conference

Approximately 100 people gathered in Brighton to hear an expert panel discuss the implications for Anglo/Israel relations around peace, trade and anti-semitism post-Brexit. The panel was made up of Nick Clegg’s former Chief of Staff and new (ish) Lib Dem Peer, Lord Jonny Oates, former MEP for London and LDFI Vice President, Baroness Sarah Ludford, … Continue reading

Alienated by Corbyn? Come home to the Lib Dems, says leader

Tim Farron has said the Liberal Democrats will be a “warm home” for Jews who have been alienated by Labour’s antisemitism crisis, in an interview with the Jewish Chronicle. The full interview is at http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/163323/alienated-corbyn-come-home-lib-dems-says-leader

Lord Palmer speaks on Palestinian children

LDFI Vice President Lord Monroe Palmer spoke in the House of Lords Debate on the condition of Palestinian children last week. Lord Palmer said: “My Lords, we have heard from the noble Lord, Lord Warner, about the health and well-being of Palestinian children. I am sure I and other Peers speaking in this debate want … Continue reading

LDFI give evidence to Parliament

LDFI Chair Gavin Stollar and Vice President Lord Monroe Palmer gave evidence today to Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee today on their Inquiry into Anti-semitism. We urged the committee to recognise the following: 1. Anti-Zionism is inherently anti-Semitic as it both denies Jews the right to self-determination and fundamentally denies Israel’s right to exist as … Continue reading

Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant a rare show of tolerance among faiths

Israel’s first transgender beauty pageant, won by a Christian Arab at the end of May, brought together contestants from the Holy Land’s main faiths in an unconventional show of tolerance and coexistence. In what organisers described as an ethnic “mosaic”, the 12 vying for the Miss Trans Israel 2016 crown included a Jewish confectioner from … Continue reading

Israel can afford to be magnanimous – an article by Uri Dromi

On May 16, 1916, in London, at the height of World War I, Mark Sykes, a British diplomat, signed a secret deal with his French counterpart, François Georges-Picot, about the division of the Middle East between Britain and France, once the Ottoman Empire, the ruler of the region for four centuries, would be defeated. By … Continue reading

“Prejudice is a problem for all parties, mine included” – by Tim Farron

IT IS always tempting for supporters of one political party to revel in the misfortunes of another. These past weeks I’ve had no shortage of opportunities, from the divisions in the Tories over Brexit to the open warfare within the Labour Party over anti-Semitism. It is, however, a temptation to be resisted. In both cases, … Continue reading