Author Archives: Diana Safieh

Policy Working Group’s Call For Global Recognition of the State of Palestine

Published November 29, 2020 Today, as the world marks the anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption ofResolution 181, which calls for the establishment of two states – one Jewish and one Arab —on the territory that constituted Mandatory Palestine, … Read more here 

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ICAHD UK Interview with Ramzy Baroud

Posted on November 24, 2020, by ICAHD UK 1  Ramzy Baroud, many of our followers know you from reading one of your books or articles. The first time you came to my attention was when ‘My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: … Read more here 

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Statement for Conference on Jerusalem

PLEASE SEND TO YOUR MP AND ASK THEM TO SIGN BY 30 NOVEMBER 2020. You can find out who your MP is here, and obtain their contact information.  Israel/Palestine: Equal Rights for lasting Peace We acknowledge Britain’s historic responsibilities for inequality … Read more here 

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Israel Eases Path to Citizenship for 20,000 East Jerusalem Palestinians

By Nir Hasson, Nov 25, 2020 from Haaretz, the Israel daily newspaper. Around 20,000 young Palestinians will be eligible to expedite their requests for Israeli citizenship after a court forced the Interior Ministry to publish guidelines for the scheme on Monday. … Read more here 

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Sir Vincent Fean – How will the US Presidential Elections Affect the Israel/Palestine Conflict?

Talk given on 12 November 2020. Diana Safieh: Vincent Fean is a retired member of the British Diplomatic Service. His last post was Consul General, Jerusalem, from 2010 to 2014. Before that he was the UK Ambassador to Libya and … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Closing Remarks & Statement

Closing Remarks and StatementHE Khaled Al-Duwaisan -Kuwaiti Ambassador to the UKSir Vincent Fean Click here to read the statement. Sir Vincent Fean: I now welcome His Excellency Khaled Al-Duwaisan, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom for the last 27 years. … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Session VI: Questions and Answers

Session VI: Questions and AnswersModerated by Ian BlackPanellists: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Daniel Seidemann, Daniel Levy, Rula Salameh, Sir Vincent Fean Ian Black: A question from Andrew Wilkinson, Oxford University:  “Does the continued focus on the Balfour Declaration – which … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Session V: Britain’s Role in the Coming Years

Session V: Britain’s Role in the Coming YearsChair: Sir Vincent FeanKeynote Speaker: Rt Hon Alistair BurtPanellists: Julie Elliott MP (Labour), Tommy Sheppard MP (SNP), Rt Hon Baroness Lindsay Northover (LibDem) Sir Vincent Fean: We are going to talk about the … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Session IV: Contemporary Realities and Plans to Share the City

Session IV: Contemporary Realities and Plans to Share the CityChair: Dr Imad Karam (BP Trustee)Keynote Speaker: Daniel LevyPanellists: Ariel Caine, Rula Salameh, Yudith Oppenheimer Conference on Jerusalem Session IV: Contemporary Realities and Plans to Share the City Dr Imad Karam: … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Session III: Religion and Holy Sites

Session III: Religion and Holy SitesChair: Bishop Michael Doe (BP Executive Committee)Keynote Speaker: Daniel SeidemannPanellists: Imam Monawar Hussain, Bishop Christopher Chessun, Rabbi Jeremy Gordon Bishop Michael Doe: Good afternoon and welcome back to this Balfour Project Day Conference on Jerusalem: … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Session II: International Law and Human Rights

Session II: International Law and Human RightsChair: John McHugo (BP Trustee)Keynote Speaker: Baroness Helena Kennedy QCPanellists: Iain Scobbie, Daniel Seidemann & Victor Kattan John McHugo: Good morning, everyone. My name is John McHugo. I’m a trustee of the Balfour Project … Read more here 

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Conference on Jerusalem – Introduction & Session I: History

Introduction Welcome: Sir Vincent Fean (BP Chair of Trustees) Video Message from HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan Session I: History Chair: Andrew Whitley (BP Trustee) Keynote Speaker: Avi Shlaim Panellists:Menachem Klein, Mick Dumper, Salim Tamari Sir Vincent … Read more here 

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Time to recognise the state of Palestine

By Richard Burden, October 20, 2020 This week marks six years since the House of Commons voted, by 274 to 12, for Britain to recognise the State of Palestine alongside Israel. It was the first time in decades that Parliament … Read more here 

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A Line in the Sand: Britain, France and the Struggle That Shaped the Middle East by James Barr

Review by Patrick Seale, originally printed in The Financial Times, 2011. The story of how Britain and France carved up the Arab world between them after the first world war has often been told but James Barr’s new book, A … Read more here 

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Why Does Annexation Look Like a Problem and Not an Opportunity?

By Ian S. Lustick from Logos, a journal of modern society and culture. For more than forty years experts and politicians have warned of Israel’s creeping de facto annexation of the West Bank. In 1982 Meron Benvenisti and Thomas Friedman … Read more here 

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Illusions and Delusions about Peace in the Middle East

A commentary by Andrew Whitley, with introduction by Sir Vincent Fean I commend to you Andrew Whitley’s thoughtful analysis, below, of current British Government policy on the Israel/Palestine conflict. Andrew asks if our Foreign Secretary’s recent visit signals sustained Government … Read more here 

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Labour MP Stephen Kinnock initiated debate on the settlement and annexation of the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Thursday 24 September 2020 Click here to view video. 3.13 pm Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab)I beg to move, That this House has considered settlement and annexation of the Occupied Palestinian territories. This country has a unique place in history and … Read more here 

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Jerusalem: from Past Divisions to a Shared Future?

Below you will find both audio and video recordings, as well as transcripts, of each session of our Online Conference on 27 October 2020. Click here for conference brochure. Click here to read the statement. IntroductionWelcome: Sir Vincent Fean (BP … Read more here 

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Palestinian Christian leaders criticise Israel-UAE agreement

“Real peace begins in Palestine” An Open Letter to The Most Reverend David Malloy, Bishop of Rockford, Illinois, ChairUnited States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace They have treated the wound of my people carelessly, saying, “Peace, peace,” … Read more here 

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Palestinian clergy: ‘Annexation could be the final straw for a viable Christian presence in Palestine’

Published by Mondoweiss on 20 August 2020 by Jeff Wright “Annexation could be the final straw when it comes to a viable Christian presence in Palestine,” declare pastors representing four of the Holy Land’s historic denominations. “For Palestine, Bethlehem and … Read more here 

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Palestine: 1947 escape from British prison exposed as inside job

Published in The Guardian, 30 Aug 2020 by Oliver Holmes, Jerusalem Correspondent Exclusive: architect leaked plans to Jewish militants leading to raid seen as signifying London’s declining control The family of a decorated British civil servant who built a notorious … Read more here 

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Unseen question? Zionism and the Palestinians under the British Mandate

A live online talk by Ian Black. Ian Black is a visiting senior fellow at the Middle East Centre, LSE. He was Middle East editor, European editor, diplomatic editor and Middle East correspondent of the Guardian. He is the author … Read more here 

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Related Resources

Parallel Histories Videos Scottish Teaching resource – Palestine and Israel: Understanding the Conflict Frome in Palestine Exhibition – October 2017 Powerpoint on the Balfour Project (12 slides)

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Former Israeli Ambassador Dr. Alon Liel – Is the failed formal annexation attempt a regional turning point?

Online Live Talk on Wednesday 9th Sep 2020 3:00 PM UK Alon Liel is a courageous man. He dares to speak truth to power, and knows the cost of this in his own life. While calling for an end to … Read more here 

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Water

Question by Baroness Northover (Lib Dem) on 24th September 2020 (HL8468) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made ofreports that the government of Israel is demolishing water, sanitation and hygiene structures used by Palestinians in the West … Read more here 

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Recognition of Palestine as a state

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 21st September 2020 (HL8342) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent steps they have taken to ensure that the Balfour Declaration is upheld, and in particular, the statement that “nothing shall be done which … Read more here 

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Living conditions in Gaza

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 5th October 2020 (HL8781) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of heavy metal residues from munitions in the environment on (1) foetal, and (2) subsequent child, development … Read more here 

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Elections

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The British Government’s current position on Israel and Palestine: Environmental issues

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 20th October 2020 (HL9384) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take, if any, to protect olive groves and farmland in Palestine from damage by Israeli settlers. Answer from Lord Ahmad … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Education of Israeli & Palestinian children

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 26th October 2020 (HL9592) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to reports that school children in Palestine have been subjected to violence by the Israel Defence Force and Israeli settlers, what steps they plan … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Trade with Israel

Question by Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru) on 17th June 2020 (60846) Israeli Settlements: Companies 60846 To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 June 2020 to Question 55878 on Israeli Settlements: … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Unemployment in Gaza

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 14 January 2019 Department for International Development: Gaza: Young People: HL12814 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the World Bank’s findings in October 2018 that there is 70 … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: State of health services in Gaza

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 26th October 2020 (HL9594) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the breast cancer appeal by Medical Aid for Palestinians, what steps they are taking to support women in Gaza with breast cancer to … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Gaza

Question from John Howell (Conservative) on 2nd July 2020 ( 68306) Department for International Development Gaza: Humanitarian Aid 68306 To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether UK funding to the UN’s Access Coordination Unit is used to … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Status of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Q Asked by Baroness Tonge (Independent) 28 January 2019 Department for International Development: Jerusalem: Palestinians. HL13185 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect the rights of those Palestinians in East Jerusalem whose refugee status has … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Freedom of worship in Israel, Jerusalem & the West Bank

Question by Sir John Hayes (Conservative) on 18th June 2020 (61423) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help ensure that Israel enables Christians from all nations to (a) visit … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Israel’s Nation State Law

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 5th October 2020 (HL8783) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the rejection by the Knesset of a bill aimed at introducing equality for all Israeli citizens, what assessment they have made of the … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position:The treatment of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 28th July 2020 (HL7480) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the Supreme Court of Israel’s ruling that prisoners in Gilboa prison have no right … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Detention of Palestinian Children by Israel

Question by Paul bomfield (Labour) on 29th september 2020 (UIN 96864) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department’s policies of the reported continued prevalence … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Forced evictions of Palestinians

Question: by Baroness Tonge (Independent) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Israel’s Supreme Court is allowing the demolition of 60 buildings housing 500 Palestinian families in Silwan, East Jerusalem Answer: Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative) … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Restrictions of movement in the West Bank

Question: by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 10 June 2019 Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hebron, (HL16231) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences for Palestinian children in Hebron of the removal of the Temporary International Presence … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Settler violence towards Palestinians

Question by Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru) on 16th October 2020 (UIN 104761) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Israeli counterpart on the protection of West Bank Palestinians … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Israeli settlement building and demolitions

Question by Baroness Tonge on 19th October 2020 (HL9333) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs COVID-19 Emergency Situation Report 17 (29 August–8 September … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: The occupation of Palestinian land by Israel

Question by Baroness Eaton (Conservative) on 8th Ictober 2020 (HL8922) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ask the Palestinian Authority to drop their preconditions for peace talks with Israel. Answer from Lord Ahmad (Conservative) on 21st … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Prioritising peace and cooperation in the Middle East in the midst of COVID-19

Question by Baroness Tonge on 19th October 2020 HL9333) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs COVID-19 Emergency Situation Report 17 (29 August–8 September … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Recognition of Palestine as a State

Question by Rupa Huq Labour, Ealing and central Acton on 28th August 2020 (UIN82211) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has held with his counterparts in other European states on reaching … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Annexation

Oral Answer on Monday 6th July 2020 1. Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime:– Dominic Raab (Conservative, First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs):  Mr Speaker, with permission, I would like to make a … Read more here 

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John McHugo on Why Britain has a Special Responsibility to the Palestinian People Today

A talk given online on 30th June 2020. John McHugo is a trustee of the Balfour Project and a board member of CAABU, The Council for Arab British Understanding. This paper is the edited text of a Balfour Project talk … Read more here 

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Parallel Histories videos

Parallel Histories have developed a series of videos for teaching disputed history starting with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They have produced a film  ‘Should the British government be praised or blamed for the Balfour Declaration?’.  Do watch it. They also have many … Read more here 

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The Forgotten History of the Jewish, Anti-Zionist Left

An interview with Banjamin Balthaser, published on Jacobin The roots of modern Zionism are in colonialism. This was the foundation of the Jewish left’s opposition to Zionism in the 1930s and ’40s, on the grounds that it is a form … Read more here 

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