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.


Lorna Fitzsimons resigns as Bicom chief executive

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2012

The chief executive of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre is to step down after nearly six years in the role.

Lorna Fitzsimons, who served as a Labour MP for Rochdale for eight years before joining Bicom, is leaving to pursue other opportunities.


Seeing is believing

February 16, 2012

Bicom chief executive Lorna Fitzsimons and Jewish Leadership Council CEO Jeremy Newmark were among the speakers at an advocacy meeting in Glasgow in Sunday held as part of the We Believe in Israel campaign.

The audience of 70 at Giffnock Synagogue included people who had travelled from Stirling, Perth and Dundee. Others came from church groups and the Scottish Friends of Israel.


Big Tent's pitch brings on applause

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 1, 2011

The controversies over Manchester's Big Tent Israel advocacy conference, starting with the deadlock between organisers and Bicom over the political make-up of speakers, were sidelined on Sunday as Bicom chief Lorna Fitzsimons stole the show.

The 700-strong attendance, just under half the size of London's We Believe event last May, was drawn mostly from a community that represents around 10 per


Bicom anniversary hears upbeat Bernard-Henri Levy

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

The celebrated French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy spelled out his fears and hopes for Israel at a dinner in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the advocacy group Bicom.

In a bravura performance which was closer to lecture-length than an after-dinner speech, the globetrotting author and commentator said: "I was never as concerned as today for the destiny of Israel… at the same time ma


Fox donor alarm at Werritty cash trail

By Martin Bright, October 27, 2011

At least one of the three Jewish donors to the friend of former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, Adam Werritty, is understood to have voiced serious concerns about where his money went.

The JC has learned that the donor would be prepared to hand over details of any transactions to fraud investigators at City of London Police.


Big Tent appeals for £80,000 for event

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 6, 2011

Northern synagogues have used Rosh Hashanah as a call to find £80,000 for the Big Tent Israel advocacy conference being organised in Manchester.

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, who is behind the November 27 gathering, used his sermon to call for "galvanising the quarter of a million Jews who live in this country" and to "leverage that into several million non-Jews, w


Powerful writing

September 22, 2011

Bicom chief executive Lorna Fitz-simons told 400 supporters of the Leeds Lobby Network at Etz Chaim Synagogue: "The most powerful tool in our democracy is writing a letter."

The former Labour MP praised the reaction of David Cameron when the Israeli embassy in Cairo was attacked. "Our PM was one of the first world leaders to say: 'This is outrageous.


Northern backing for Big Tent

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

Manchester Jewish Representative Council has formally declared support for the Big Tent for Israel advocacy conference due to take place in the city at the end of November.

MJRC president Lucille Cohen said the council had voted 14 to 1, with two abstentions, to back the event, whose main organiser is Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag of Whitefield Hebrew Congregation.


Manchester to pitch Big Tent for Israel

By Marcus Dysch, August 25, 2011

A major pro-Israel conference will go ahead in Manchester later this year despite disagreements over its name, format and the range of speakers.

It had been thought the November 27 event would be promoted under the We Believe banner first used by Bicom at its May conference, Britain's largest ever Israel advocacy event, in London.

But, following disagreements between organisers in the north