Shalom from Northern Ireland Friends of Israel!
Launched in March 2009, NIFI has made a tremendous impact. Our aim is to put Israel’s case reasonably and fairly to the people of Northern Ireland.
We combine the support of political leaders representing rival parties with a strong grassroots following. Over five thousand people have attended our events and many more from across Northern Ireland have registered their support. Christians and Jews, media people, academics, trade unionists and members of the public have attended our meetings, many of whom have travelled the length and breadth of NI to be with us.
“At a time when so much of the media is so blatantly biased against Israel and makes no attempt to understand the unique challenges Israel faces, we are happy to lend all the support we can. I would feel ashamed if I was not prepared to defend a nation’s right to exist and to continue as the only democracy in the Middle East” – NIFI Supporter.
We were honoured to host the ambassador of Israel, HE Ron Prosor, in Belfast (seen above, meeting First Minister, Peter Robinson, and Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness).
We have also put Israel’s case to the local media and featured prominently in the Israeli press.
NIFI opposes demonisation of the world’s only Jewish state and believes boycotting the Middle East’s only democracy is wrong in principle and wrong in practice. We wish to promote positive engagement with all those who seek a just and lasting peace between Israel and its neighbours.
If you are interested in learning more about the many connections which exist between Israel and Northern Ireland, and what we stand for, please read on…
Please click on the headings in blue below to look at the following:
About: our Mission Statement launched at the Park Avenue hotel in May 2009.
Boycott: Why the Boycott Israel movement in Northern Ireland is wrong in principle and wrong in practice.
Conflict: Israel’s conflict with Hamas, essential points which can’t be ignored.
History: what is the Jewish people’s connection to the land of Israel?
Israel news in Northern Ireland - over 150 stories of strengthening spiritual, cultural, economic and political connections between Northern Ireland and Israel, provided by NIFI supporters.
NIFI in the news: links to media reports about NIFI.
NIFI’s Diary: our events so far!
NIFI Football auction - NIFI raises over £1,000 in an auction of signed football shirts from leading Premiership clubs in aid of cross community football in Northern Ireland and Israel. Our chosen charities are Soccer for Peace (Israel) and IFA endorsed cross community schemes in Northern Ireland.
Articles: an archive of our 10 most-read articles of 2009, by NIFI supporters.
For more stories and articles, please scroll below
Many thanks for all your support,
Terry McCorran and Steven Jaffe (London), co chairs, NI Friends of Israel.
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