Tim Farron’s message to the Jewish Community

  Tim Farron has talked about shared values between the Liberal Democrats and the Jewish Community, in  a video response to the Board of Deputies manifesto.

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

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