The threat of Corbynism is removed from our lives – for now

Thank you Britain. Thanks to the millions of decent voters, of all political persuasions, who saw through the hatred and bigotry of the present Labour leadership and ensured that Jewish people will continue to feel comfortable regarding this wonderful country as their home.

We hope that Labour will reflect and learn from this so that organisations like ours will never again have to take up partisan positions, and so that Jewish people and supporters of Israel can feel comfortable in any UK political party.

We are delighted at the return to Parliament of some local friends. Theresa Villiers, Matthew Offord, Mike Freer, Bob Blackman.

Theresa Villiers MP speaking at our 2017 event

Joan Ryan

We are deeply sorry that former Enfield North MP Joan Ryan was driven out of Parliament by the extremists in her party. Joan, we will miss your passion and commitment on behalf of Israel and the Jewish people. We thank you for everything and wish you well for the future.

Joan Ryan MP speaking at an NLFI event in 2018

 

The General Election. An urgent message to our supporters

The General Election – an urgent message to our supporters

North London Friends of Israel has always been, and remains, an inclusive, non-partisan and non-sectarian organisation. We are neither right-wing nor left-wing, Brexit or Remain. Our supporters include people who are all of these. We welcome everyone, of all faiths and none, who supports Israel and wishes to help us put Israel’s case to our local community. We have always sought to do this in a non-partisan fashion.

However, this is no ordinary general election.

The leader of the Labour Party, and its candidate for Prime Minister of this country, has turned his party into a haven for Jew-haters, Israel boycotters and Holocaust deniers.

Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party is not the party we knew – and many supported – in the past.
Good, principled MPs – Ian Austin, John Mann, Luciana Berger, Louise Ellman, John Woodcock, Joan Ryan and many others – have left or been hounded out of Labour by overtly racist, antisemitic intimidation.

Moderates who remain are falling into line behind Corbyn. This sanitises his racist policies and those of his supporters, increasing the likelihood of him becoming Prime Minister.

A victory for Labour would radically increase the level of open antisemitism in Britain. It would destroy Britain’s relationship with Israel and align it with  genocidal terrorists and dictatorial regimes who wish to wipe Israel off the map.

Unfortunately, it no longer matters how good or decent your local Labour candidate is. All Labour candidates are committed to making Corbyn Prime Minister.

A vote for Labour is a vote for Corbyn.

To fight this hatred we urge you to Stop Corbyn.

Please vote for whichever candidate is most likely to prevent a Labour victory.

Signed North London Friends of Israel.

Corbyn lays a wreath at the graves of the Munich terrorists

A great turnout for the NLFI Annual Event

Nearly 70 people packed into the hall at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone for North London Friends of Israel’s annual event. This year we were delighted to welcome as our speakers James Sorene, the Chief Executive of BICOM, and Vivian Aisen, Head of Public Diplomacy at the Israeli Embassy.

We were also delighted to welcome the Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Councillor Lachhya Gurung, and his consort Mrs Shova Gurung. We were also delighted to welcome Richard Woolf, Chair of the Synagogue and Vice-President of the Zionist Federation.

Thanks to all who helped and all who came, and thanks to Israel Bonds for their support for this event.

James Sorene of BICOM addresses our event

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Supporting Puma

Puma are the proud sponsors of the Israeli football team, so naturally that has brought them to the attention of the boycotters. The haters were out last Saturday in Carnaby Street, calling for a boycott of Puma. We were there to stand against them. We answered their hate-filled slogans with singing and dancing, and gave out our own leaflets to the public, pointing out the multicultural and integrated nature of the Israeli football team (the captain and several other players are Arabs) and that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East.

Well done all on our side who braved the rain to stand with Israel.

 

An evidence-based view of the Arab-Israeli conflict

Isra-Prof is the pen name of a distinguished retired medical professor, Academic Director of Stand With Us UK, and valued member of North London Friends of Israel. This is a series of articles on his blog with important and in many cases little-known information about Israel and the conflict.

He is especially expert on public health issues relating to the Palestinian Territories, and the positive impact that Israel has made in this area (contrary to the usual misinformation).

Read his blog here.

Three times a week a shuttle bus collects young dialysis patients throughout the West Bank and heads to Augusta Victoria Hospital on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Jill Granberg / Flickr

NLFI report on the abuse of children as soldiers

One of the ugliest features of the Israel-Palestine conflict is the cynical manipulation of young children by the Palestinian leaderships and armed militias, which is generally not highlighted in the Western media.

We feel it is of the utmost importance that as many people as possible are aware of the realities of what is actually happening on the ground.

Children are being killed or mutilated due to a campaign of indoctrination to commit acts of violence, are being used as human shields and are abused in building terror tunnels.

We urge you to read the attached document, which explains in detail the many situations in which children are subject to horrific practices and are deprived of their right to childhood, enshrined in international human rights law.

Child soldiers in the Middle East – report

This document has been sent to a number of prominent opinion-formers, and we are hoping to circulate it as widely as possible.