BICOM, the Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre, is an independent British organisation dedicated to creating a more supportive environment for Israel in Britain. We do this by trying to create a more complete understanding of Israel and its situation. We believe in the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, just as we believe in the rights of the Palestinians to statehood. We support a close relationship between Britain and Israel, based on shared values and interests. BICOM pursues its objectives through a range of activities:
- Providing daily, expert news summary and analysis of events in Israel and the region through our online publications.
- Taking British journalists and opinion formers to Israel and the Palestinian territories to learn about the issues first-hand.
- Bringing analysts, journalists and politicians from the region to Britain, to share their insights with their British counterparts.
- Promoting a balanced discourse about Israel in the British media by creating opportunities for a wide range of voices to be heard.
- Organising events and seminars in the UK aimed at deepening the discussion about Israel in Britain.
- Engaging in dialogue with British opinion formers and the media on issues of importance to Israel and the Britain-Israel relationship.
BICOM also publishes the journal Fathom, for a deeper understanding of Israel and the region, containing expert analysis, informed opinion and genuine debate.
“I am delighted that BICOM is joining the UK Task Force. I believe that the integration of Israel’s Arab citizens is good for Israel’s economy, good for Israel’s society and good for Israel’s international relations. The Task Force undertakes important work in coordinating the contribution of the UK community in support of these goals and BICOM looks forward to supporting those efforts.”
Dermot Kehoe, CEO, BICOM
4 February 2017
Over the past 70 years, the city of Jaffa has gone from being the ‘Bride of Palestine’ to the ‘Arab backyard’ of Tel Aviv. Today, as it undergoes rapid gentrification, Jaffa has become a central hub for both Palestinian and Jewish resistance. Israeli anthropologist Daniel Monterescu speaks to Fathom editor Alan Johnson about his new new book, which unpacks the history of a city that continues to be made and remade.
16 June 2016
Social cohesion should be used to describe relations between all citizens of a state. In Israel’s public discourse, ‘social cohesion’ is frequently used to discuss relations among Israel’s 80 per cent Jewish majority while ignoring the 20 per cent Arab-Palestinian minority.
1 March 2012
In February 2012, the UK Task Force led its second study trip to Israel to learn about Bedouin communities in the Negev. Based in Be’er
10 February 2011
The first ever UK Task Force study trip to Israel took place from the 23 – 27 January 2011. Based in Nazareth, over fifty representatives