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Labour Friends of Israel

Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) is a parliamentary group, affiliated to the Labour Party, that promotes support for a strong bilateral relationship between Britain and Israel. It also seeks to strengthen ties between the British and the Israeli Labor party. Labour Friends of Israel supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israel recognised and secure within its borders and the establishment of a viable Palestinian state.[1]

Founded in October 1957 at a public rally at the Westminster based lobby group working within the British Labour Party to promote the State of Israel".[3]

In 2011, Labour Friends of Israel adopted a new strategy of becoming a wider membership organisation and operating under the slogan "Working Towards a Two-State Solution". In 2010, Progress, had been appointed Director, and in 2011 John Woodcock was appointed Chair.[4][5][6] Dame Anne McGuire succeeded Woodcock as chair in May 2013.[7]

The Labour Friends of Israel is a distinct organisation to the Jewish Labour Movement, the affiliated socialist society and successor to the UK's Poale Zion.

It has been described as "less unquestioning in its support of the Israeli government than the Conservative Friends of Israel". Between 2001 and 2009 the Labour Friends of Israel paid for more than 60 MPs to visit Israel, more than any other group.[8]

The charitable Yigal Allon Educational Trust, founded in 1985 by former Prime Minister Harold Wilson, Ian Mikardo MP, Lord Glenamara and others, has supported Labour Friends of Israel.[9][10]


  • Members of LFI 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Members of LFI

In alphabetical order, former and current members of Labour Friends of Israel include:

See also


  1. ^  
  2. ^ a b Labour Friends of Israel (8 December 2008). "Labour Friends of Israel – 50 Years". 
  3. ^ "Labour Friends Of Israel website – about us". 1 August 2003. Archived from the original on 1 August 2003. Retrieved 10 December 2008. 
  4. ^ Marcus Dysch (7 September 2010). "New strategy for Labour Friends of Israel".  
  5. ^ Bright, Martin (13 January 2011). "Israel friends change tack and relaunch".  
  6. ^ a b Dysch, Marcus (19 October 2011). "Labour Friends go to Israel".  
  7. ^ a b "Stirling MP Anne McGuire to chair Labour Friends of Israel".  . Joan Ryan, MP for Enfield North, has succeeded McGuire, becoming the new chair of Labour Friends of Israel.
  8. ^ Black, Ian (16 November 2009). "Pro-Israel lobby group bankrolling Tories, film claims".  
  9. ^ "Yigal Allon Educational Trust". Stone Ashdown Trust. Archived from the original on 9 November 2009. Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Yigal Allon Educational Trust, Registered Charity no. 327009 at the Charity Commission
  11. ^ Symons, Leon; et al. "David Abrahams gave in secret ‘to quell conspiracy fears’".  
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Who We Are". Labour Friends of Israel. Archived from the original on 27 July 2008. 
  13. ^ Bell, Stuart (30 January 2008). "Sir Stuart Bell MP, Biography". Archived from the original on 30 January 2008. 
  14. ^ "Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson could run for parliament in Liverpool".  
  15. ^ a b Assaf Uni, Finance scandal has local community worried, Haaretz, 10 December 2007.
  16. ^ a b Temko, Ned, Behind-the-scenes group's unerring knack of backing the right man, The Guardian, 2 December 2007.
  17. ^  
  18. ^ a b Wright, Oliver (10 October 2010). "Anger grows within Labour over forced Palestinian vote".  
  19. ^  
  20. ^ H. M. Cabinet Office (2003). "Speaker Biographies, Ivan Lewis MP". 
  21. ^ Dysch, Marcus (25 February 2015). "Labour MP Michael McCann calls for total Hamas ban".  
  22. ^ Hope, Christopher (9 February 2007). "Jon Mendelsohn profile: a real Mr Fix-It".  
  23. ^ Mulholland, Hélène (3 October 2008). "Profile – Jim Murphy".  
  24. ^ "Five days in Israel – James Purnell MP, chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, visits a kibbutz, meets Ehud Barak and attends a peace conference in Tel Aviv".  
  25. ^  

External links

  • Official website
  • Labour Friends of Israel, 1997 General Election information, 1 May 1997
  • Foreign Secretary  
  • Speech by PM Tony Blair to LFI Annual Reception, Prime Minister Tony Blair, 26 September 2006
  • Speech by Gordon Brown to the LFI Annual Reception, Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 25 September 2007
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