Welcome to the North West Friends of Israel, an organisation set up in the Summer of 2014 to advocate for Israel, fight Anti-Semitism and counter the outlandish claims of the BDS.
NWFOI was set up by a group of individuals who counter-acted the BDS and anti-semites who targeted Kedem, a Jewish owned shop in Manchester that became the target of anti-Israel propaganda during the Protective Edge conflict between Israel and the proscribed terrorist organisation Hamas.
In the short time since it’s introduction, NWFOI has organised a number of events including a rally against anti-Semitism attended by over 2,500 people (and watched online live by a further 1,500), along with our partner organisation we organised the first IsrACTION Day – encouraging people to purchase Israeli produce at supermarkets targeted by the BDS and donate to the homeless, the donated food was brought to a Chanukah candle lighting service attended by over 600 people who enjoyed hotdogs, latkes and donuts. Over £10,000 of food was donated in Manchester alone whilst thousands of pounds of food was donated nationally to local food banks.
North West Friend’s of Israel has also hosted a question and answer session with John Mann and Ivan Lewis and a vigil for the victims of the French terror attacks attended by the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the Mayor of Bury.
North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) welcomes the signing by Councillor (Cllr) Tamoor Tariq of the NWFOI “Charter for Israel”. Following on from Cllr Tariq’s apology for his tweet about Michael Gove, we believe that he now fully understands the complexities of the issues relating to Israel and the Palestinians.
The following is the statement received from Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party when he cancelled his attendance with a few hours notice for the panel discussion “Anti-Semitism of the Left – A Labour Party Problem?”: STATEMENT I’m sorry I cannot be with you. As Deputy