Southampton University have cancelled anti-Israel conference, organisers claim

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2015

The fate of the anti-Israel conference at Southampton University appears to be hanging in the balance following unconfirmed reports that it has been cancelled.

Conference organisers have claimed that the university is planning to withdraw its permission to host the conference in April due to health and safety concerns over planned demonstrations.


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.


Amnesty report attacks Israel as well as Hamas

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Amnesty International’s most detailed probe into Hamas rocket attacks on Israel accuses the Palestinian terror group of committing war crimes — but also heavily criticises Israel’s actions in last summer’s conflict.


Yehuda Avner dies aged 86

By Charlotte Oliver, March 24, 2015

Yehuda Avner, a former ambassador to the UK and senior adviser to a succession of Israeli prime ministers, has died at the age of 86.

Born in Manchester in 1928, Mr Avner moved to Jerusalem in 1956, before joining the Israeli Foreign Service.


Professor dropped from university institute over controversial Israel conference

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2015

An academic institute has removed from its board the organiser of a conference questioning Israel’s right to exist.

Accoridng to the Academic Friends of Israel blog The Parkes Institute, a study centre for Jewish – non-Jewish relations at Southampton University, has dropped Professor Oren Ben-Dor over his role in arranging the conference at the university.


Bibi has not burnt all his bridges

By Tim Marshall, March 18, 2015

The bridges back to a working relationship to the White House and the Mukataa are not burned. Damaged yes, but not irreparably.

Why? Because Benyamin Netanyahu’s Congress speech, and carefully worded ruling out of a Palestinian state were pre-election, and we are now post-election.


Facebook post advertising We Believe in Israel conference is target for 'torrent of abuse'

By Rosa Doherty, March 17, 2015

Organisers of a pro-Israel conference say they are “shocked by the foul antisemitic abuse” people were leaving on their Facebook page.

The We Believe in Israel conference is due to take place in central London on March 22 and a post advertising the event online has been inundated with users leaving a “torrent of abuse”.


Former minister voices concerns over Southampton conference on Israel legitimacy

By Naomi Firsht, March 12, 2015

A university has been criticised over its plans to hold a conference on the legitimacy of Israel.

The three-day event will be hosted by the University of Southampton’s Law School and is due to take place next month. It will focus on “themes of legitimacy, responsibility and exceptionalism; all of which are posed by Israel’s very nature”.


How Alan Johnson responded to Norman Finkelstein at King's College Israel debate

By Alan Johnson, March 11, 2015

Alan Johnson, Bicom's senior research fellow, was allowed five minutes to respond to anti-Zionist academic Norman Finkelstein at a debate at King's College, London. Here is what he said: