Simon Israel

Home Affairs Correspondent
Simon Israel is a Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News
Simon Israel is a Home Affairs Correspondent for Channel 4 News

Robustly independent reporting on home affairs. Covers crime, police, terrorism, legal, race, immigration, social justice, prisons.Award winning films on terrorism, G20 protests, Stephen Lawrence, illegal immigration, suicides in prisons.

Simon Israel has been home affairs correspondent since 1998. He's broken a number of exclusives, including the resignation of the officer in charge of counter terrorism, racism in the crown prosecution service, the abuse of restraint methods on detained children, the Government's resettlement programme for refugees.

"My objective is to try to come at stories from an original perspective but one which resonates with the viewer and challenges the establishment."


article 17 October 2014 UK
MI6 building in Vauxhall, London (Getty Images)
Security services deal with '100 terror threats per week'

The UK head of counter-terrorism says British security services are now dealing with 100 potential terror offences each week, with more than half involving referrals into de-radicalisation programmes.

article 14 October 2014 UK
Controls on undercover policing 'ineffective'

A group of senior police officers in charge of keeping undercover policing in check lacks "teeth" and should be overhauled immediately, a damning report by inspectors has said.

article 07 October 2014 UK, Bahrain
Bahrain's Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Kalifia
Bahrain prince 'not immune' over torture claims

The high court declares the king of Bahrain's son does not have immunity from prosecution for torture, after the DPP conceded she was wrong not to pursue the case on immunity grounds.

post 03 October 2014
Tories under fire for plans to ditch human rights laws

The Conservatives say they will scrap Britain's human rights bill - and bring in a new set of rules. But some leading Tories have condemned the plans, describing them as unworkable.

article 18 September 2014 UK
Met pays damages over assault amid racism claims

Exclusive: the victim of an unlawful arrest who was beaten with batons and sprayed with CS gas by police while driving to buy nappies, tells Channel 4 News he was a victim of racial stereotyping.

article 09 September 2014 UK
Vicar 'ran sham marriage conveyor belt'

The UK's largest ever sham marriages trial begins with prosecution claims that bogus weddings at a church in south London were conducted on an "industrial scale".

post 08 September 2014
Pc Carol Howard: 'I was treated like an outcast by the Met'

Pc Carol Howard has cowed the largest police force in the UK into rewriting its entire fairness to work procedures.

post 03 September 2014
Archbishop: we must counter the 'obscene simplicity' of IS ideology

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby deplores the lack of a global strategy from world leaders for what he said could not be understood as a local problem.

article 02 September 2014 UK
PC Carol Howard
Met discrimination payout for Games 'poster girl'

The Metropolitan police issues a public apology for the first time, to a black female police officer who has been awarded nearly 40,000 in compensation for race and sexual discrimination.

post 01 September 2014
David Cameron's 'moment on terror' a numbers game

It only takes one wannabe British jihadist to slip through the net so the government's new anti-terror proposals must grapple with what measures can stop the flow.

post 28 August 2014
Tory net migration pledge remains an elusive dream

Today's immigration figures showed an increase of 68,000 people coming to the UK, meaning it is almost impossible for the Conservatives to honour their election pledge to bring down net migration.

post 21 August 2014
The hunt for the 'British' jihadi who killed James Foley

A manhunt is under way for the jihadi, believed to be British, who appeared in video footage showing the murder of US journalist James Foley.

post 20 August 2014
James Foley murder video: watch it and you risk terror charges

The gruesome video of the murder of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants is a terrorist publication say UK police, and those viewing or sharing it risk prosecution.

video 20 August 2014 UK, Iraq

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Pro-Islamic State Brit challenged on beheadings - video

Last week, we spoke Abu Rumauysah about British citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State. During the interview, we challenged him on the use of beheading videos by IS.

post 15 August 2014
Menezes campaign mentioned in undercover officers' files

The Menezes family meets investigators handling the inquiry into 40 years of covert policing by a unit known as the Special Demonstration Squad.

post 13 August 2014
Damning report into UK prisons highlights rise in violence

Week after week there seems to be yet another damning report on the state of this country's prisons. Today it is the Serco privately run Doncaster Prison.

post 08 August 2014
Habib Ullah death: officers face gross misconduct charges

Five police officers who have escaped criminal prosecution over the death of a 39-year-old man are to face gross misconduct charges.

article 06 August 2014 UK
Glen Parva prison 'unsafe' for young offenders

Another prison holding young male adults is condemned for "unacceptable" conditions by inspectors who found high levels of violence, drugs and self harm.

article 01 August 2014 UK, Israel
Protester holds banner during an anti-Israel demonstration in London
Is anti-Semitism on the rise in Britain?

As a crop of Hitler-related hashtags emerge on social media over the past month, Simon Israel asks whether there is a rise in anti-Semitism in Britain.