Tim Farron – “Friend of Israel”

Tim Farron has said he “holds Israel dear as a friend” in an interview with Jewish News.  He said he had been scheduled to visit Israel in June and he hoped the visit would now take place later in the year. Tim also said he would be strong in opposing anti-Semitism.  “We won’t allow the tip-toeing … Continue reading

LDFI President supports Wiesenthal Centre “People, Book, Land” Exhibition in Parliament

Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel President Lord Monroe Palmer was one of many MPs and Peers supporting the opening of an exhibition in Parliament last week on the 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land, co-sponsored by UNESCO and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in the UK.   Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO … 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

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

Tim Farron’s message for Passover

Passover is a time which reminds us of the need for tolerance and inclusivity. Just as Pharaoh in Eygpt didn’t heed the warning of Moses to free the Jews, we can draw comparisons with the plight of the thousands of refugees attempting to gain their own freedom on the shores of Europe. The Jewish community … Continue reading

LDFI wishes Shirley Williams well on her retirement

LDFI Vice President Monroe Palmer with Baroness Shirley Williams on her recent retirement from the House of Lords

An update from LDFI

Some worrying developments (Gaza) and some hopeful developments (Turkey). Tunnel Vision Hamas’s leader in Gaza recently confirmed that Hamas is reconstructing the sophisticated tunnel network that facilitated attacks on Israelis in 2014. During Operation Protective Edge the IDF destroyed 32 tunnels being used by Hamas. The tunnels are said to be part of a strategy … Continue reading

Monroe Palmer appointed Vice President of the Jewish Leadership Council

Monroe Palmer (Lord Palmer of Childs Hill) has been appointed has been appointed as one of the Vice Presidents of the Jewish Leadership Council. Monroe was for many years Chair of LDFI and is now one of LDFI’s Vice Presidents. The Jewish Leadership Council is made up of 31 organisations represented by their most senior … Continue reading

Closing the gap

Last week, the Israeli government approved a ground-breaking, five-year economic development plan for the Arab sector, aimed at tackling major gaps between Jews and Arabs in the Israeli society. This comprehensive plan calls for allocations of NIS 10-15 billion for the development of Arab communities, ensuring that Arab citizens will be budgeted for according to … Continue reading