Bicom

Jewish student was ejected from We Believe in Israel conference - and then allowed back in

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

A Jewish student was removed from a pro-Israel conference in London on Sunday after distributing anti-Israel material to attendees – and then invited back in to sit on a panel for the Union of Jewish Students.

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Tory and Labour frontbenchers join in support for Israel at We Believe conference

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s win in the Israeli election and the upcoming general election in the UK were at the forefront of people’s minds at the We Believe in Israel conference in London on Sunday.

Around 1,500 people flocked to the event to hear politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives from 58 communal organisations talk about their solidarity with Israel.

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MPs warned over Iran’s nuclear threat

By Marcus Dysch, February 13, 2014

The likelihood of an Israeli pre-emptive strike against Iranian nuclear facilities is impossible to predict, MPs were told this week.

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Israel will resist any escalation

By Shany Mor, November 15, 2012

Israel made one tactical mistake in its limited war with Hizbollah in 2006 which it repeated in 2009 with Hamas. It let intense rocket fire on Israeli cities dictate a longer than necessary timetable for war.

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‘Apartheid’ pollsters reject Bicom criticism

By Anna Sheinman, November 1, 2012

A row has broken out between Bicom (British Israel Communications and Research Centre) and Hebrew University professor Amiram Goldblum over a poll which said Israeli Jews would “support apartheid”.

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UK policy on Israel: passion needed

By Martin Bright, November 1, 2012

This week’s Bicom dinner, one of the set-piece events of the year for UK supporters of Israel, was a reminder, if anyone needed it, of just how stuck things have become. Ehud Barak gave a rather good speech, but his very presence was a reminder of how far we are from that Camp David handshake with Yasir Arafat in 1999.

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'British Jews have new confidence' leaders tell Knesset

By Nathan Jeffay, May 24, 2012

Israelis should stop sensationalising the problems facing Jews in the UK, a British Jewish leader urged in the Knesset on Tuesday.

Mick Davis, head of the Jewish Leadership Council and chairman of the UJIA, said: “The hyperbole and headlines which dominate the discourse in Israel about the UK often harm our community and bilateral relationship.”

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UK support for Israel 'declining'

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

Pro-Israel sentiment in the UK has dropped from 25 per cent to 17 per cent in a decade, while support for the Palestinians remained at the same level at 18 per cent.

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Lorna bids a sudden farewell to Bicom

March 1, 2012

The chief executive of the UK's top Israel pressure group is to step down to "pursue new opportunities", after almost six years at the helm.

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Israel advocacy is strong, but we need your help to carry on

By Lorna Fitzsimons, March 1, 2012

After five years at Bicom I have the chance to take stock. I believe Israel advocacy is now much stronger in the UK and better serves the community and Israel.

Before Bicom, my sole exposure to pro-Israel advocacy had been the Union of Jewish Students when I was at the National Union of Students, and Labour Friends of Israel when I was an MP. Both were, and are simply brilliant.

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