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06 May: Tair Kaminer starts her fifth spell in gaol. Send messages of support via Reuven Kaminer

04 May: Against the resort to denigration of Israel’s critics


23 Dec: JfJfP policy statement on BDS

14 Nov: Letter to the Guardian about the Board of Deputies

11 Nov: UK ban on visiting Palestinian mental health workers

20 Oct: letter in the Guardian

13 Sep: Rosh Hashanah greetings

21 Aug: JfJfP on Jeremy Corbyn

29 July: Letter to Evening Standard about its shoddy reporting

24 April: Letter to FIFA about Israeli football

15 April: Letter re Ed Miliband and Israel

11 Jan: Letter to the Guardian in response to Jonathan Freedland on Charlie Hebdo


15 Dec: Chanukah: Celebrating the miracle of holy oil not military power

1 Dec: Executive statement on bill to make Israel the nation state of the Jewish people

25 Nov: Submission to All-Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism

7 Sept: JfJfP Executive statement on Antisemitism

3 Aug: Urgent disclaimer

19 June Statement on the three kidnapped teenagers

25 April: Exec statement on Yarmouk

28 Mar: EJJP letter in support of Dutch pension fund PGGM's decision to divest from Israeli banks

24 Jan: Support for Riba resolution

16 Jan: EJJP lobbies EU in support of the EU Commission Guidelines, Aug 2013–Jan 2014


29 November: JfJfP, with many others, signs a "UK must protest at Bedouin expulsion" letter

November: Press release, letter to the Times and advert in the Independent on the Prawer Plan

September: Briefing note and leaflet on the Prawer Plan

September: JfJfP/EJJP on the EU guidelines with regard to Israel

14th June: JfJfP joins other organisations in protest to BBC

2nd June: A light unto nations? - a leaflet for distribution at the "Closer to Israel" rally in London

24 Jan: Letter re the 1923 San Remo convention

18 Jan: In Support of Bab al-Shams

17 Jan: Letter to Camden New Journal about Veolia

11 Jan: JfJfP supports public letter to President Obama

Comments in 2012 and 2011




Israel’s true believers start campaign to recruit local councillors

Liam Fox MP  was the keynote speaker at the first We Believe in Israel conference, May 2011. He was booed by the audience for pointing out that Israeli settlements “are illegal and an obstacle to peace” (what’s a fact to a true believer?). A few months later he was forced to resign from the government as Defence Minister. He had also been keynote speaker at Israel’s Herzliya conference in February 2011. The Herzliya conference is Israel’s major policy conference, with an emphasis on military strategy and with very select foreign speakers. Above, Fox signs copies of his book at the Conservativve Friends of Israel annual reception, 2013

Exchange of letters, councillor and lobbyist

From Councillor Lesley Grahame

Dear Luke Akehurst
I would love to believe in the Israel I grew up believing in, one of inclusive democracy where all were treated fairly. As you say, Israelis has the right to defend themselves, as do Palestinians.

Neither will live in peace until the cycle of violence is broken, and this cannot happen while Israel is illegally occupying Palestinian Territories, expanding illegal settlements and carrying out collective and obscenely disproportionate punishments.

When you can tell me that Israel has stopped these injustices, then I will once again be able to believe in the Israel that as I child I believed could do no wrong.

Best wishes

Lesley Grahame
Thorpe Hamlet Ward Councillor

Green Group City Councillors’ Office 01603 212969

         Speaker panel at We Believe in Israel’s Glasgow event last December. Front row: Dermot Kehoe (BICOM), Luke Akehurst (We Believe in Israel), Hasan Afzal (Stand for Peace)   back row Raymond Mann (Scottish Friends of Israel), Stanley Lovatt (Hon Consul of Israel in Scotland). Image from WBiI’s Facebook page.    

From: We Believe in Israel []
Sent: Mon 08/04/2013 09:20
To: Cllr Grahame, Lesley
Subject: Reminder – We Believe in Israel mailing list

Dear Councillor,

I am writing to invite you to join the 3,500 people already on the mailing list of We Believe in Israel.

We Believe in Israel is a UK grassroots network of people who believe in the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security. We bring together people who support Israel as a vibrant democratic state, and wish to encourage a just and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.

We Believe in Israel was launched to build on the success of the We Believe in Israel conference in London in 2011, which was supported by 26 community organisations and attended by 1500 delegates.

We are a broad-based and inclusive coalition open to anyone, Jewish and non-Jewish, and from across the political spectrum, who subscribes to our core values and objectives.

You can join our mailing list by signing up here: or by replying to this email. You can also follow us on Twitter at @webelieveisrael and check out the resources on our website:

There are also Friends of Israel groups which we work with in all the main political parties, which I can supply you with details of.

We are also exploring the possibility of setting up a Local Government Friends of Israel group.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,
Luke Akehurst
We Believe in Israel

Note from JfJfP postings:
Luke Akehurst should do his homework. As Lesley Grahame is a JfJfP signatory she is an unlikely recruit for a We Believe in Israel lobby group

Luke Akehurst has been a professional publicist and lobbyist since 2000. He is a Labour councillor for Chatham ward, Hackney. He has been the full-time director of We Believe in Israel, paid for by BICOM, since August 2011.
Petition to overturn the Co-op boycott of four Israeli companiesWBII petition, 2nd item
Liam Fox at BICOM conference First WBiI conference, 2011 4th item
Information about 2011 conference, which Reut said marked the emergence of the pro-Israel lobby in the UK
Ben White UK-based Israel lobby group whitewashes war crimes to protect two-state solution January 2013
We Believe in Israel Conference 2013 As in 2011, this conference is being organised in great secrecy with neither the date nor the venue being made public.
Head of UK Israel lobby initiative: BDS designed to “distress” Jews
“I dare the pro-Israel camp to say what it stands for”

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