Gaza man says he was tricked into selling Banksy work for £120

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

A work by British graffiti artist Banksy was sold for less than £120 after a family from Gaza underestimated its worth.

The mural of a Greek goddess Niobe was painted on a door by Banksy during a visit to Gaza City in February. The image was made to highlight the destruction of buildings and homes in Gaza after Operation Protective Edge last summer.


Amnesty repeats

March 26, 2015

The front page of Amnesty International’s report into Hamas’s conduct during last summer’s Gaza conflict carries a picture of Palestinian rockets being fired at Sderot.

And AI’s press release includes quotes condemning Hamas, and boasting of its director’s visit to British ambassador Matthew Gould.


Revealed: the anti-Israel network behind UN's Gaza investigation

By Gerald Steinberg, March 13, 2015

The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is one of many organisations that use moral-sounding language as a façade for the opposite. Its officials and activities are controlled by regimes with abysmal human rights records - including Russia, China, and Middle Eastern dictatorships. It is not surprising that Israel is the main focus of "investigations" and condemnations.


Labour MP Michael McCann calls for total Hamas ban

By Marcus Dysch, February 25, 2015

Britain should push for Hamas’s political wing to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation alongside its military arm, a Labour MP has argued.

Labour Friends of Israel vice-chair Michael McCann made the suggestion while leading a Westminster Hall debate on the UK’s contribution to preventing further conflict in Gaza on Wednesday.


Hamas rebuilding efforts questioned

By Marcus Dysch, February 19, 2015

A parliamentary debate will focus on how Britain can help prevent further conflict in Gaza.

The Westminster Hall session will take place on Wednesday and will be led by Labour Friends of Israel vice-chairman Michael McCann MP.

LFI has produced a briefing pack for MPs highlighting action being taken by Hamas to re-arm, including the rebuilding of tunnels destroyed by Israel last summer, and t


Rafah, the story nobody wants to tell

By Robert Philpot, February 19, 2015

In a bid to snuff out terrorism, more than 2,200 families on the Gaza Strip border are being forcibly evicted, with hundreds of homes bulldozed and bombed to ensure the creation of an ever-increasing "buffer-zone".

Warning that the action flouted "international and national law", Amnesty International's deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, talked of "shoc


Council leader blames Israel for rising antisemitism

By Naomi Firsht, February 18, 2015

The leader of a council which flew the Palestinian flag during last summer’s Gaza conflict told objectors that rising antisemitism was Israel’s fault.


Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.


Interfaith group drops rabbi as patron after only two weeks

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

An interfaith conflict-resolution group has reversed its decision to make a leading rabbi a patron due to past comments he has made on Israel and the Palestinians.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet had been appointed by Faith Matters only a fortnight ago.


Report calls for measures on shul security and internet hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 9, 2015

The government should establish a fund to cover the cost of synagogue security in Britain, a panel investigating the rise of antisemitism has said.

Terror threats facing the Jewish community mean effective measures taken to protect schools should now be rolled out to cover shuls.