Young Friends of Israel

Al Jazeera Investigations – The Lobby P1 00:06 How Israel influences British politics- 00:08 We reveal from the inside how the Israeli Embassy 00:10 penetrates different levels of British democracy in the first of four programmes: 00:14 The Battle for Britain's Youth 00:20 [sounds of explosions and yelling] 00:22 Following decades of violence 00:24 a [...]


Scotland’s shell firm mess

A UK Government minister has admitted 28,000 notorious Scottish registered “tax haven” shell firms have failed to reveal their true owners’ identities two months after strict new transparency rules came in. The Scottish Limited Partnerships (SLP), which are officially registered to addresses in Scotland but frequently run by anonymous foreign entities, have since August faced [...]

UK university censors title of Holocaust survivor’s speech criticizing Israel

Manchester University censored the title of a Holocaust survivor’s criticism of Israel and insisted that her campus talk be recorded, after Israeli diplomats said its billing amounted to antisemitic hate speech. Marika Sherwood, a Jewish survivor of the Budapest ghetto, was due to give a talk in March about Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, headlined: [...]

Disabled 85-year-old woman dragged across busy road by police at fracking protest

A disabled 85-year-old woman was left bruised after being dragged across a busy road by three police officers during an anti-fracking protest. Anne Power, a Green Party member and anti-fracking campaigner, was sitting outside a fracking site near Little Plumpton, Lancashire, when a scrum of officers lifted her from her seat. The retired teacher and [...]

Every Londoner breathing dangerous levels of toxic air particle

The research, based on the latest updated London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory, shows that every area in the capital exceeds World Health Organisation (WHO) limits for a damaging type of particle known as PM2.5. It also found that 7.9 million Londoners – nearly 95% of the capital’s population – live in areas that exceed the limit [...]

UK Government Defeated in Court by BDS Activists for Palestinian Human Rights

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has won a key victory for the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the UK government today. The embattled minority Tory government suffered a new blow as parts of its Guidance governing investment by Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) were struck down as unlawful. The Guidance was announced by the [...]

Stephen Hawking blames Tory politicians for damaging NHS

Stephen Hawking has accused ministers of damaging the NHS, blaming the Conservatives in a passionate and sustained attack for slashing funding, weakening the health service though privatisation, demoralising staff by curbing pay and cutting social care support. The renowned 75-year-old physicist was speaking to promote an address he will give on Saturday outlining how he [...]

Alarming data casts grave doubt on the sustainability of the UK’s economic growth

UK households are saving less than they ever have. The latest ONS data puts the UK household saving rate at just 1.7% in the first quarter of 2017 – the lowest rate since records began in 1963: Source: ONS data This 1.7% savings rate (£5.5bn/£318bn) is calculated as the percentage of UK household disposable [...]

Don’t Historicize the Balfour Declaration: The Past is Still the Palestinians’ Present

The political turmoil in the United Kingdom following Prime Minister Theresa May’s re-election with a reduced, precarious majority and the implications for the UK’s negotiations to leave the European Union have overshadowed Britain’s other foreign policy concerns. Among other repercussions, it casts doubt on the way in which the UK will mark the centennial of [...]