Bicom

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.

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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.

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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

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Shimon Peres, Mahmoud Abbas in secret London peace talks

By Martin Bright, August 17, 2011

A secret meeting between Israeli President Shimon Peres and Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, has taken place in London as part of a series of back-channel negotiations to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East, the JC can reveal.

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Insulting us won't help JNF Israel

By Poju Zabludowicz, June 20, 2011

Israel is facing an assault on its legitimacy unparalleled in intensity, scope and sophistication. More than ever, Anglo-Jewry must unite around the Zionist values we overwhelmingly share: to defend Israel's future as a secure, Jewish and democratic state.

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Time to recognise progressive case for Israel

By Martin Bright, May 19, 2011

As a participant in the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday I was invited to speak on three panels. The first two were on the delegitimisation debate and the third on how liberals could make the progressive case for Israel.

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'Sleep second to getting Israel message out'

May 19, 2011

The Israeli diplomat charged with handling boycott issues in the country's Foreign Ministry, DJ Schneeweiss, told a standing-room only session: "BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) is not swamping the world with its agenda."

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We believe in Israel: A new beginning

By Jenni Frazer, May 19, 2011

It was, declared Lord Kestenbaum, opening the We Believe in Israel conference on Sunday, the largest single gathering in Britain on behalf of Israel.

It encompassed all shades of political and religious opinion, all ages - with a healthy 20 per cent of student age - and included both Jewish and non-Jewish supporters of Israel, particularly from churches, trade unions, and political parties.

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Bicom's advocacy conference on track

May 12, 2011

This weekend's largest ever advocacy conference for Israel - We Believe in Israel - is well on track to achieve its target of 1,000 delegates, organisers said this week.

Lorna Fitzsimons, chief executive of Bicom, which has organised the conference, said that people had registered from America, Australia, Spain and France as well as in large numbers from the home communities in the UK.

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Why this conference matters

By Lorna Fitzsimons, May 5, 2011

This conference represents a real chance to help our fellow citizens to understand the importance of Israel to Britain. Regardless of where we stand, we must at least agree on this: that the futures of Britain and Israel are inextricably bound together, by common interests, and shared values.

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