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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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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USA Rejects Durban Conference Commemoration

UK Lawyers for Israel  welcomes the clear decision made by the US government in rejecting the UN’s call to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the antisemitic Durban conference. The World Conference against Racism held in Durban in 2001 was notorious for the efforts made to treat Zionism as racism. The UN

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UK Government Opposes ICC’s Investigation in Palestine

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that the UK Government opposes the International Criminal Court’s investigation of alleged war crimes in Palestine. In a letter to Conservative supporters of Israel in the British Houses of Parliament of 9 April 2021, the Prime Minister states: “We do not accept that

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BBC Accused of Encouraging Schools to Breach the Education Act

UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) has accused the BBC of encouraging illegal conduct in schools  by showing unbalanced and partisan videos about the Middle East on the  “Bitesize” section of its website for use in schools. The NGO, CAMERA UK, examined seven BBC Middle East educational videos and produced a

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FIDE warns Iranian Chess Federation

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) has passed a resolution warning that it will impose sanctions on the Iranian Chess Federation if it continues to boycott Israeli players, or to express political views on its website in conflict with the FIDE charter, or if its officials and players make discriminatory comments.

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Sweden terminates funding of Health Work Committees

Sweden’s  Consulate General in Jerusalem has confirmed to UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) that the Swedish government’s international development agency (Sida) is not planning further funding of the Palestinian NGO, the Health Work Committees (HWC).  Sweden had been funding HWC to run a 31.5 million Swedish kroner sexual health project

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Sweden funding designated Palestinian NGO

Sweden has been funding the Health Work Committees (HWC), a Palestinian NGO that was designated by Israel as an unauthorised organisation in June 2015. HWC describes itself as a leading Palestinian non-governmental health and developmental organization, with a rights-based approach, providing health services and building development models to all segments

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BBC urged to abandon slanted City of David programme

UKLFI has written to the BBC’s director general Tim Davie to request that a forthcoming documentary, critical of Jerusalem’s City of David Foundation, should be abandoned or re-made.  This follows news that the programme’s producer, Rosie Garthwaite had a history of anti-Israel social media activity, and that the forthcoming programme

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Facebook urged to adopt IHRA definition of antisemitism

UKLFI together with over 100 other organisations wrote a joint letter last week to the directors of Facebook, urging it to adopt the IHRA working definition of antisemitism as the cornerstone of its hate speech policy regarding antisemitism. Our letter drew attention to the acceptance of the IHRA definition by

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