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.


'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.”


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.


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.


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.