Exclusive: Thornberry on LFI – “not the only avenue” for dialogue with Israel

Emily Thornberry Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary stood in sharp contrast to the Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) group when she issued an unequivocal condemnation on behalf of the party of the Israeli government’s killing of around sixty unarmed protesters in Gaza earlier this week and the wounding, often maiming, of thousands more. LFI’s original statement – later […]

Labour apologists for Gaza massacre in retreat after widespread revulsion

Labour figures who defended Israel’s actions appear to be in full retreat after widespread condemnation of their statements in response to the massacre of around sixty unarmed Palestinians during yesterday’s demonstrations and the serious wounding of as many as two thousand more. Labour Friends of Israel’s (LFI) statement read: LFI deleted that tweet – without […]

Breaking: all Brighton CLPs – and others – table motion to censure LFI for Gaza response

Harrowing scenes in Gaza yesterday Members of all three constituency Labour parties (CLPs) in Brighton – Hove & Portslade, Brighton Pavilion and Kemptown & Peacehaven – will table a motion to censure Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) for its stance on the “unacceptable and inhuman” massacre in Gaza yesterday of around sixty civilians and the wounding of thousands […]

Calls for Labour and MPs to sever ties with LFI after Gaza tweet causes outrage

Yesterday in Gaza, over fifty civilians were killed and two thousand injured when Israeli armed forces fired on crowds protesting in commemoration of Nakba Day and against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem. Labour Friends of Israel, an organisation not formally affiliated to the Labour Party, tweeted a statement about the massacre […]

LFI deletes offensive Gaza tweet. No apology or explanation

The organisation Labour Friends of Israel yesterday tweeted a comment on the slaughter of over fifty Palestinians that closely mirrored the statement of the Trump White House in blaming Hamas for the deaths caused when Israeli soldiers fired on crowds marking the seventieth Nakba anniversary: The comment was in marked contrast to the unequivocal condemnation […]

‘Slaughter’: at least 43 killed incl 6 children, 2000 injured as Israel fires on Palestinian protesters

As Palestinian protests in Gaza build toward the 70th ‘Nakba Day’ commemoration tomorrow, at least forty-three people have been killed as Israeli armed forces fired upon protesters, with reports of up to two thousand injured. Amnesty International initially reported thirty-eight confirmed dead: Human Rights Watch (HRW) director Omar Shakir named a higher death toll (later confirmed […]