Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre
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The Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre (BICOM) is a UK-based organisation which acts to promote awareness of Israel and the Middle East in the UK. BICOM issues materials on the history, economy, culture and politics of Israel, the Middle East peace plan, terrorism in the Middle-East, UK-Israel relations and foreign policy and the future of Palestine.
BICOM was founded in 2002 against the backdrop of the second intifada. Suicide bombings carried out in Israel led to Israel’s forceful response against Palestinian armed groups. This naturally brought a great deal of media attention to the conflict and the region and BICOM’s mission was to ensure that the media had the information and analysis needed in order to place events in their full context. BICOM’s message from the very start has been clear and constant – Israel wants peace and that the two-state solution is the best hope for both them and the Palestinians.
With the Arab Spring and the Iranian Nuclear threat, regional matters have also become important issues on which BICOM provides its expert analysis.
BICOM is funded through private donations allowing it to maintain an independence that has helped to establish itself as a leading authority on Israel and the region with the Media and opinion formers in both Britain and internationally. In 2012, BICOM was invited to present its views to a Knesset sub-committee on Diaspora Affairs chaired by MK Einat Wilf.
At the end of 2012, BICOM published the first issue of its new journal ‘Fathom’. With the strap line of ‘For a deeper understanding of Israel and the region’, Fathom marries the authority of the old-school journal with the accessibility provided by modern technology. Fathom has no party line to push and seeks genuine bi-partisan debate with its contributors and advisory editors drawn from across the political spectrum. It is available online and as a free app for the iPad and iPhone.
Fathom believes two states for two peoples remains the only way to balance the Jewish and Palestinian right to national self-determination. It understands there has been a waning of support for this project, among intellectuals especially. Fathom will offer hard-headed realism about where we are in the peace process, but also opens its pages to ambitious thinking about where we want to be and how to get there.
We Believe in Israel
‘We Believe in Israel’ (WBII) was launched to build on the success of the We Believe in Israel Conference in London in May 2011, supported by 26 community organisations and attended by 1500 delegates.
WBII is a UK grassroots network of people united in believing in the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security. The organisation aims to support and facilitate activists who seek, through local engagement and campaigning, to create a more complete understanding of Israel and its situation in the UK, and to engage others in our communities, be they friends, neighbours, colleagues, local elected office holders or the media so that Israel’s case gets a fair hearing.
WBII is a broad-based and inclusive coalition open to anyone, Jewish and non-Jewish, and from across the political spectrum, who subscribes to our core values and objectives. We seek to unite supporters of Israel in the UK around shared and fundamental common beliefs.
- "About". Britain Israel Communications & Research Centre. Retrieved 21 November 2013.