Legal Challenge to Lancaster City Council’s BDS motion

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) are challenging a Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (“BDS”) resolution against Israel passed by Lancaster City Council on the ground that the Council failed to comply with their legal duty to have due regard for community relations. UKLFI have also written to Lancashire County Pension Fund

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High Court orders reconsideration of Nazim Ali case

The High Court has ruled that the General Pharmaceutical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee (FPC) erred in law when it decided that Nazim Ali had not used antisemitic words during a public speech made at the Al Quds Rally in June 2017.  Their ruling on this point has now been

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Leading Grassroots Group Disputes Divestments by Norwegian Oil Fund

Med Israel for Fred (MIFF) has contested the exclusion of two Israeli companies from Norway’s Oil Fund in letters sent to the Fund’s manager, Norges Bank, and its Council on Ethics. MIFF is Europe’s largest pro-Israel group with 11,400 members and 30 local associations in Norway. The Oil Fund (formally

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Irish MPs condemn Israel without considering evidence

Irish MPs ask questions about Israel, receive answers, then condemn Israel without apparently taking the answers into account. The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence of the Irish Parliament decided to hold a series of meetings “to examine demolitions and the forced displacement of people in the occupied Palestinian

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Lord Millett Obituary

We are sad to report the death of Lord Millett, one of the Patrons of UKLFI Limited, on 27 May 2021. Lord Millett was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1955, was made a QC in 1974 and became a High Court judge in 1986. He was

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Belgium investigates  funding to Palestinian NGOs accused of terrorist links

Belgium’s Minister of Development, Meryame Kitir, has told a Committee of the Federal Parliament that an investigation is underway into whether Belgian development aid may have been used to finance terrorist activities of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). During a session of the External Relations Committee,

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Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery removes statement of solidarity with Palestine

On 1 June 2021  a statement was posted on the website of the Whitworth Art Gallery expressing solidarity with Palestine and support for ‘decolonialisation’. This was in the immediate wake of Operation Guardian of the Walls, the conflict between Gaza and Israel. The Whitworth is part of the University of

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Nintendo Splatoon Game hit with anti-Israel Graffiti

A child playing the video game,  Nintendo Splatoon 2, was shocked to see an anti-Israel expletive written in graffiti on a wall in the background of the game. Splatoon is a game where “Inklings” splat ink and claim territory in a 4 player shooting game.  The game has an Entertainment

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ICC’s error calls into question jurisdiction in “Palestine”

UK Lawyers for Israel  has published a paper pointing out some factual errors in the Decision of the majority of the court in the Prosecutor’s request for a ruling on the ICC’s territorial jurisdiction in Palestine. The paper, by Jonathan Turner, chief executive of UKLFI, deals with whether Palestine’s instrument

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BBC suspends videos about Israel and Palestine following accusation of indoctrination

The BBC has suspended a series of “Bitesize” videos about Israel and Palestine from its website.  These videos formed part of BBC Education’s content, aimed at schoolchildren, and designed to be used in schools.  This follows a complaint by UK Lawyers for Israel, which described the videos as unbalanced and

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