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

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

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

IDF intelligence chief warns Gaza’s economic woes could breed violence

Speaking to the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee, the IDF’s Military Intelligence chief Gen. Herzl Halevi said that the deteriorating economic situation in the Gaza Strip could lead to a further conflict. Although there has been periodic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip into Israel since Operation Protective Edge in 2014, the ceasefire which … Continue reading