Current Positions

UK-European statement condemns Israeli settlements, East Jerusalem evictions

The Governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK issued this statement on Israeli settlements on May 6. We urge the Government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance the construction of 540 settlement units in the Har … Read more here 

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UK backs Palestinian elections, including in Jerusalem, at UN Security Council

Excerpt of Statement by British Ambassador Jonathan Allen at the Security Council briefing on the Middle East on 23 April 2021 Mr President, following elections held in Israel on 24 March, we look forward to working with a new Israeli … Read more here 

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson Confirms UK Opposition to ICC Investigation into Israel

The Balfour Project read with sadness and dismay the concluding words in the Prime Minister’s letter to the Conservative Friends of Israel of 9 April 2021. These words assert that “Palestine is not a sovereign State” and that the investigation … Read more here 

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‘Biased changes’ in GCSE textbooks on Middle East history

A group of academics, the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, has uncovered what it describes as bias that has been introduced into British GCSE textbooks on Middle East history. BRICUP found hundreds of changes in two books published … Read more here 

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The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism

The Balfour Project opposes all forms of racism, bigotry and discrimination, including antisemitism. We commend the recent Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism; one year in the making, by international scholars in antisemitism and related fields from Europe, the USA, Canada and … Read more here 

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Rev Dr Munther Isaac – Christian Zionism as Imperial Theology

Thank you all for joining us. I’m privileged to speak to you and address this really important and relevant topic of Christian Zionism as an imperial theology. The impact and influence of Christian Zionism have been manifested, especially in the … Read more here 

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Palestinian peace must rest on international law

By Mary Robinson, published in The Financial Times on 15 March 2021. ICC decision to investigate Hamas and Israel has implications for both sides. BP Trustee, author and international lawyer John McHugo writes: For far too long, political leaders have shied … Read more here 

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Working towards a two-state solution

Introduction to UK Government statement to the UN Security Council of 26 February 2021 The latest statement by the UK to the UN Security Council, at its regular meeting on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on 26 February, deserves attention – for … Read more here 

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Requesting the UK government’s urgent intervention against the dispossession and forcible transfer of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan, East Jerusalem

Letter from Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights to Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, Minister of State fo rthe Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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The British Government position on Jerusalem

The British Government has now replied to the six recommendations in the Balfour Project statement “Israel-Palestine: equal rights for a lasting peace” which concluded our 27 October conference on Jerusalem. We are indebted to our patron, Rt Revd John Pritchard, … Read more here 

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Over 80 UK parliamentarians call on Israel to stop the dispossession of Palestinian families in East Jerusalem, or face diplomatic consequences

Published by CAABU, 9 February 2021. Over 80 British parliamentarians representing all parties, in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, wrote in a letter to the British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab that the British government must … Read more here 

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Church leaders call on Israel to give vaccine access to Palestinians in West Bank/Gaza

Two distinguished patrons of the Balfour Project signed the communique below from the Holy Land Coordination (HLC):Rt Revd Declan Lang, Catholic Bishop of Clifton and Chair of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference Dept. of International Affairs andRt Revd Christopher Chessun, Anglican … Read more here 

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We are Israel’s largest human rights group – and we are calling this apartheid

By Hagai El-Ad, published in The Guardian, 12 Jan, 2021 The systematic promotion of the supremacy of one group of people over another is deeply immoral and must end One cannot live a single day in Israel-Palestine without the sense … Read more here 

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Indonesia is no saviour: against normalisation with Israel

By Gilang Al Ghifari Lukman, published on New Mandala on 11 JAN, 2021 Recent reports of potential normalisation between Indonesia and Israel have received varied reactions in the respective countries. In his three-month marathon toward normalization, U.S. President Donald Trump … Read more here 

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Seeking cooperation in order to achieve a two-state solution – Ambassador Barbara Woodward

Statement by Ambassador Barbara Woodward at the Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East. Published 21 December 2020 Thank you, Mr President, and thank you to Special Coordinator Mladenov for his briefing. As others have done, I’d … Read more here 

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How Israel’s Settlement-Separation Roads Speed Towards One State

The rapid integration of the settlers and their roads with pre-1967 Israel means a workable two-state solution becomes more impossible by the minute. By Ahmad Al-Bazz and Edo Konrad, published on +972 on December 31, 2020. How Israel’s road projects are ensuring apartheid is … Read more here 

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A scion of Zionist aristocracy wants to quit the Jewish people. Will Israel let him?

Why Avraham Burg, who has served as Knesset speaker, interim president and head of the Jewish Agency, is asking Israel to annul his registration as a Jew Ravit Hecht | Jan. 2, 2021 (From Haaretz) Avraham Burg has been a … Read more here 

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Former Jerusalem archbishop: How long will Catholics keep ignoring the suffering of Palestinians?

By Michel Sabbah on 22 December 2020. Patriarch Emeritus Michel Sabbah served as the archbishop and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem from 1987 to 2008, the first native Palestinian to hold the office for centuries. He is a co-author of the … Read more here 

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The lost potential of Jenin

By Ahmad Al-Bazz and Sarah Abu Alrob for The Electronic Intifada, 23 October 2020. In the northern West Bank city of Jenin, there was once an airfield, a train station, three cinemas and two major roads connecting the town with the neighboring cities … Read more here 

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Letter from European Parliamentarians to President Elect Biden

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In Conversation with Leila Sansour

You can watch Open Bethlehem on Vimeo.  Below is the excerpt of Open Bethlehem about Rachel’s Tomb, shown during the event. Leila Sansour is a Palestinian/British filmmaker with more than 24 years of experience working in television as a producer, … Read more here 

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Palestinians Condemn British Colonialism for their Plight

In a rare and outspoken item for British broadcasting media on Monday night (Dec.4, 2020}, Channel 4 news tackled the question of British colonialism and its responsibility since 1917 for the dispossession of the Palestinian people and their mass expulsion … Read more here 

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Souvenir Booklet from our Jerusalem Conference 2020

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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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Why the World Should Recognize Palestine Now’

By Susie Becher, published in Times of Israel on Nov 27, 2020. I recently came across an article by the renowned Israeli author A.B. Yehoshua explaining his call for recognition of the State of Palestine back in 2014. One of … Read more here 

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ONE STATE: the Most Natural Outcome Of Unjust Circumstances

This is an except from an interview with the U.S.-based Palestinian writer, journalist and editor (of Palestine Chronicle), Ramzy Baroud, by Linda Ramsdens, director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolition. It appears in ICAHD’s November, 2020, newsletter, and is … Read more here 

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Israel – Palestine: Equal Rights for lasting Peace

Click here to read the British Governmanet’s position on Jerusalem. Julie Elliott MP, with seven other signatories of the Balfour Project statement ‘Israel-Palestine: Equal Rights for lasting Peace’, has conveyed its five requests to the Prime Minister and the Foreign … 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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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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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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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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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 from Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 3rd November 2020 (HL9964) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the statement by the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the … Read more here 

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

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 18th january 2021 (HL12261) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all Palestinians are able to vote freely in (1) the elections for the legislature on 22 May, … Read more here 

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

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 18th January 2021 (HL12260) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statistics compiled by the Palestinian Grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Camping coalition which suggest that over 8,400 olive trees have … Read more here 

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

Question from Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 6th August 2020 (HL7405) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for providing protection for archaeological artefacts in Palestine to ensure that any such artefacts remain under Palestinian … Read more here 

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

Question by baroness Sheehan on 12th April 2021 (UIN HL14829) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the decision by Pearson Education to pause the distribution of two textbooks by author Hilary Bash following allegations by … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Trade with Israel

Question by Dr Rupa Huq (Labour) on 21 April 2021 (UIN 185445) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he will take to tackle the import to the UK of products from illegal … 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 Louise Haigh (Labour) on 23 February 2021 (UIN 157219) To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assurances he has received that Israel will allow future covid-19 vaccines into the Gaza strip. Answer … Read more here 

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British Government’s Current Position: Gaza

Question by Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 25th January 2021 (HL12564) To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 19 January (HL11788), whether they consider the reported bombing of a paediatric hospital in Gaza on … 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 from Baroness Tonge (Independent) on 14th December 2020 (HL11452) To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that an Israeli settler attacked Gethsemane Church in East Jerusalem; and what steps they are taking to protect … Read more here 

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