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The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Michael McCann

Founder, Israel-Britain Alliance

A former vice-chairman of Labour Friends of Israel, Michael McCann founded the Israel-Britain Alliance in 2016, a grassroots lobbying effort to advocate for Israel in the UK parliament, an often hostile forum for the Jewish state.

“We will offer clarity on the Israel/Palestinian conflict,” he said. “Complex issues cannot be solved unless all parties are heard in a spirit of mutual respect. My experience tells me that on issues concerning the State of Israel that is not always the case in Britain. The IBA will seek to redress that imbalance.”

Most recently, IBA circulated a petition during the last UK general election that gained the support of 216 candidates. It pledged to fight for Israel’s right to exist, foster economic ties with the Jewish state, and celebrate Israel’s democracy.

“IBA and its partner organizations managed to mobilize thousands of voters, Jewish and non-Jewish to contact their candidates about our Pledge for Israel,” said McCann. (Photo credit:


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