lobbyists make the case for Israel in Parliament 390.
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LONDON – The Zionist Federation of the UK reported a record attendance at its
annual lobby of Parliament with 300 turning up to make the case for
Organized with the Christian Friends of Israel, the group was
made up of Jews and Christians from across the country.
heard from a range of parliamentarians from all parties who are supportive of
Israel. The MPs gave updates on issues and initiatives concerning Israel, such
as the Iranian threat and the UK’s stance on Syria.
The MPs encouraged
participants to continue to advocate for Israel and maintain regular contact
with their MPs to make their voices heard on Israel related
Conservative MP Patrick Mercer spoke of how proud he is that the
Holocaust Museum is in his constituency, while Labor MP Luciana Berger spoke
about her involvement in the International Committee of Jewish Parliamentarians,
which met recently in Jerusalem to coordinate and communicate efforts to support
Israel in parliaments across Europe.
MP Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the
Democratic Unionist Party, called for all political party leaders to speak up
firmly for Israel. Conservative MP David Burrowes referenced recent comments
made by Canon Andrew White, who said that Israel was the only country in the
Middle East where Christians can live freely and safely.
Israel’s Deputy Ambassador, and Vivian Wineman, the president of the Board of
Deputies of British Jews, also spoke.
The ZF said the general message
from the MPs who spoke was that Israel was not without strong support in
Parliament, but more needed to be done to galvanize support. There were
also calls for grassroots activists to do their bit and ensure that MPs were
informed on relevant issues.
Following the meeting, participants met with
around 100 MPs and their officials to raise their concerns about
“We run the Lobby Day every year and it goes from strength to
strength,” said Alan Aziz, ZF’s executive director. “To have 300 people in the
House of Commons sends a very loud message of grassroots support for Israel
across both the Jewish and Christian communities in Britain.”