Amnesty in spotlight over hosting anti-Israel event

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2011

Labour Friends of Israel has accused Amnesty of having a "disproportionate focus" on alleged Israeli human rights abuses and of being swayed by "anti-peace" groups.

The criticism came as more than a dozen LFI members, including vice-chair Louise Ellman MP, wrote to Amnesty to complain about the NGO's plans to host an anti-Israel event.


IDF reinforces West Bank units ahead of Palestinian 'day of rage'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 12, 2011

The IDF is preparing for every eventuality during the Palestinian "days of rage" over the weekend and reinforcing its units accordingly.

While preparing for a worst-case scenario, the army believes that the Palestinian security forces will "contain" the demonstrations and prevent them from clashing with Israeli troops.


Joseph's Tomb fight has just begun

By Nathan Jeffay, May 12, 2011

It is a proposal that, if adopted, is likely to cause significant Israeli-Palestinian friction. On Sunday, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom advocated making the purported tomb of the Biblical Joseph, which falls under Palestinian Authority jurisdiction in Nablus, a designated Israeli "heritage site".


Our taxes now fund a group that wants to destroy Israel

By Robin Shepherd, May 12, 2011

So, Mahmoud Abbas shows his true colours by jumping into bed with Hamas in a leadership reconciliation agreement, and the response from the European Union is as follows: it ups its donations to the Palestinians by 85 million euros.


Israel's blinker-wearing, self-righteous detractors

By David Pryce-Jones, May 5, 2011

Palestine is the most popular foreign cause of the moment. The world view is that small, Third-World nations are self-evidently victims of other powers, in this case Israel, the US, Britain, Hitler's Germany, even selfish Arab states.


Palestinian unions say no to Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 28, 2011

Palestinian trade unions have encouraged Britain's biggest public sector union, Unison, to maintain its links with Israeli counterparts.

A delegation of Unison officials visited Israel and the Palestinian territories to review its relationship with the Histadrut (Israeli TUC).


Dialogue with a western leftist

By Nick Cohen, April 27, 2011

"You say you support the Palestinians?"


"Which Palestinians?"


Pro-Palestinian watchdog trade body launched

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2011

British trade relations with Israeli West Bank settlements are the focus of a new pro-Palestinian campaign group.

The founders of Prosper Palestine said the group will call on the international community to reject any economic relations with settlements and will work to support the Palestinian economy.


Colombia hailed for caution on Palestinian state

By Jennifer Lipman, April 1, 2011

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has praised the "friendship and courage" of Colombia's president after he announced that he would not recognise a unilaterally declared Palestinian state before a peace settlement with Israel was reached.


Review: I Shall Not Hate

By Jonathan Wittenberg, March 11, 2011

Izzeldin Abuelaish
Bloomsbury, £16.99

This humbling, courageous and important book goes straight to the heart.

On January 16, 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, three of Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish's daughters, Bessan, Mayar and Aya, together with their cousin Noor, were killed by Israeli shells.