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

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

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

Liberal Youth comment on NUS Presidential election

In response to the NUS electing Malia Bouattia as their president, Liberal Youth wish to make known that we condemn her recent statements on Jewish student bodies at UK universities. Her statements are offensive and illiberal, conflating “Jewish” with “Zionist” and serve only to fuel the growing antisemitism in the UK today, particularly amongst student … Continue reading

LDFI welcomes Ambassador Regev

LDFI welcomes new Israeli Ambassador Regev to the UK. We have know him for many years and met him on several recent visits to Israel (pictured above with then LDFI President Alan Beith and Stephen Williams MP). His ability to communicate is second to none. LDFI Chair Gavin Stollar said: “I look forward to working … Continue reading

Lord Palmer questions Minister on Palestinian incitement

Lord Monroe Palmer raised the question of Palestinian incitement at Question Time in the House of Lords today. He asked what representations the Government had made to the Palestinian Authority after the official Palestinian Authority TV channel had urged Palestinian women to remember the terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who led the lethal coastal massacre which killed … Continue reading

Lib Dem peers elected Vice Chairs of all Party parliamentary group.

Liberal Democrat Peers Sarah Ludford and Monroe Palmer have been elected and re-elected as Vice Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, the organisation which aims to broaden and deepen connections between Parliament and the UK Jewish community.

Lord Palmer in House of Lords Debate on understanding of the Middle East

LDFI Vice President Lord Palmer of Childs Hill spoke in a debate in the House of Lords on 23 February on increasing understanding of the Middle East. Monroe Palmer said: “My Lords, the question is how to increase understanding of the Middle East. I am just back from an all-party Peers’ visit to Israel and … Continue reading