France backs Palestinian UNESCO bid for Church of Nativity

By Heidi Heinemann, June 28, 2012

A Palestinian delegation to a Unesco meeting tomorrow in St Petersburg is seeking to gain recognition for the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a world heritage site.

The bid comes following the Palestinians’ admission to Unesco last year and is widely viewed as part of their campaign to achieve international recognition of an independent state.


‘Partisan’ Christian project in Israel-Palestine angers Jewish leaders

By Simon Rocker, June 21, 2012

The Board of Deputies has urged members to lobby the Archbishop of Canterbury over a project which it says promotes hostility towards Israel among Christians.

A resolution calling for support of a volunteer programme in the West Bank is to be discussed by the General Synod, the Church’s national assembly, at its meeting next month.


Fifa's Sepp Blatter urges Israel's Avi Luzon to act on hunger striker

By Jennifer Lipman, June 12, 2012

The president of Fifa, Sepp Blatter, has appealed to the Israel Football Association over the case of a Gaza prisoner who went on a hunger strike for nearly three months.


Jerusalem Quartet players disrupted in Brighton

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Anti-Israel activists disrupted a performance this week by the Jerusalem Quartet at England's largest arts festival.

The Israeli classical ensemble was playing at the Brighton Festival on Tuesday evening when the protest took place.


Donnachie loses appeal as Scots judge rules no injustice at trial

By Marcus Dysch, May 3, 2012

A former St Andrews University undergraduate has failed in an attempt to overturn his conviction for racially abusing a Jewish student.

Paul Donnachie attacked Chanan Reitblat last March at a university hall of residence, desecrated an Israeli flag and called the Lithuanian-born supporter of Israel a "terrorist".

Donnachie, of Blackpool, was sentenced to 150 hours of community service last S


Viva Palestina's Gaza aid route - through Syria

By Jessica Elgot, April 25, 2012

Pro-Palestinian activists Viva Palestina are to send a convoy of trucks through Syria to Gaza – despite protests and withdrawals from their own members.

The charity, co-founded by Respect MP George Galloway, launched the convoy which departed last Sunday from the UK.


'Blood libel' cleric Salah returns to Israel

By Jessica Elgot, April 17, 2012

Controversial Islamic activist Raed Salah returned to Israel last night – after a ten month stay in Britain.

Israeli media reported that Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained briefly by security forces at Ben-Gurion Airport but was later released.


Israel readies itself for mass fly-in

By Nathan Jeffay, April 12, 2012

Israel is preparing itself for a mass fly-in by Palestinian activists from around the world.

Hundreds of activists plan to board planes across Europe on Sunday and Monday and touch down at Ben Gurion airport to protest what they have described in a statement as "Israel's giant system of control" which prevents "the imprisoned Palestinians" from receiving international visitors.


Blogger emerges from anti-Israel ordeal

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2012

A blogger questioned by police on suspicion of harassing anti-Israel demonstrators says he is a victim of "lawfare" tactics employed against supporters of Israel.

Richard Millett attended a protest outside the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum last December.

He filmed demonstrators from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign who were encouraging visitors t


In London, more needed to face down the bullies

April 4, 2012

London's Global March to Jerusalem demonstration took place last Friday evening opposite the Israeli Embassy.

About 15-20 Israel supporters turned up, the usual stalwarts who put themselves on the line to face a barrage of abuse from the bully boys of the PSC.