Book Review of The Battle for Public Opinion by Lord David Steel

Let me start with a confession: I am a signed-up member of the Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, as well as the Friends of Palestine. Why? Because I am a friend of the State of Israel, recalling that the famous Balfour letter written under a Liberal Prime Minister's watch whilst arguing for a Jewish homeland included the much ignored proviso...

Book Review of The Battle for Public Opinion by Ibrahim Darwish

Recent statements made by the British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, indicate a decline in British public and political support for Israel. It also indicates how much European public awareness of the Palestine tragedy has transformed over the past decade. This is the result of changes such as improved media coverage of events like...

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Summary of Spinwatch Report: The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?

Preface - The national interest, pro-Israel advocacy and anti-Semitism BICOM and its staff/donors are part of the British establishment, notably the right of the Labour Party. The interests of the individuals and groups involved are more relevant than Israel's "national interest". No group is all powerful, but lobbying involves ties between...

Book Review of The Battle for Public Opinion by Samira Shackle

Few issues on the world stage are more divisive than the Israel-Palestine conflict, which triggers a powerful emotional response even among people with little direct stake in it. But how exactly are those opinions formed, and what is the majority-held view? Taking as its starting point a Europe-wide survey of public opinion, this collection...

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Report Review: The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre: Giving peace a chance?

In a recent debate in parliament, it was reported that former British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw had said that the greatest obstacle to peace between Israel, Palestine, and its Arab neighbours are the unlimited funds available to the pro-Israel lobby group AIPAC and other Jewish organisations in the UK. In response, former Labor Party MK,...
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