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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."

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article 04 March 2015 UK
News
Protester loses legal battle to get off 'extremism' database

The home secretary and police chiefs win an important legal battle over the retention of details of protesters on a domestic 'extremism' database.

article 23 February 2015 UK
Alex Kelly
'Could have been saved': failing the mentally ill in prison

A major inquiry has found the government at risk of breaching human rights over repeated failures to learn lessons in preventing tragedies of the mentally ill behind bars.

article 19 February 2015 UK
Brustholm Ziamani (Metropolitan Police)
London teenager Ziamani guilty of plot to behead soldier

A radicalised teenage son of Jehovah Witnesses is found guilty of planning to behead a young British soldier.

video 16 February 2015 UK, Denmark

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Could there be more security at UK Jewish schools? - video

Channel 4 News learns that the education secretary is considering stepping up security around Jewish schools in the UK. Simon Israel reports on the threat Jewish communities face in the country.

article 09 February 2015 UK
Lynette White
Inquiry set up into collapse of police corruption trial

Home Secretary Theresa May is to order an inquiry into the collapse of the country's biggest ever police corruption trial which fell apart at an estimated cost of 30m in 2011.

video 06 February 2015 UK

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12 years for UK jihadist who faked his own death

A British jihadist who travelled to Syria, then faked his own death to try to return to the UK, is jailed for 12 years - a sentence that could be extended to 17 if he shows no sign of reform.

article 05 February 2015 World
News
Anti-semitism in the UK 'reaches 30-year high'

A record number of anti-semitic hate incidents were recorded in the UK in 2014, according to figures released by a Jewish charity.

video 03 February 2015 UK

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Frontline officers face axe under new measures - video

Figures exclusively released to Channel 4 News by the Police Federation shows that in the last four years, the equivalent of seven entire forces have been cut.

video 20 January 2015 UK

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Stockport nurse poisoned patients 'at random' - video

A nurse at Stockport's Stepping hill hospital is accused of murdering three patients and poisoning 18 others. Prosecutors said Victorino Chua contaminated saline drips with insulin "at random".

post 08 January 2015
MI5 chief warns serious terror threat to continue 'for some time'

Wednesday's attack in Paris is a "terrible reminder" of Islamist extremists' agenda of harming the west, the head of MI5 warns, suggesting that the threat was "unlikely to abate significantly for some

video 27 December 2014 World, Iraq

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Meet the Islamic State teen who refused to detonate device

A teenager sent to carry out a suicide bombing by Islamic State is being paraded by Iraqi officials after he refused to detonate the device.

post 02 December 2014
Safety guaranteed for Gaza family allowed to settle in UK

A family of Palestinian children, evacuated from Gaza, has arrived to settle in the UK, following reports by Channel 4 News.

post 27 November 2014
Government relents over visas for stranded Gaza family

The government has backtracked over its refusal to allow a British Palestinian father's children evacuated from Gaza to settle in the UK.

post 24 November 2014
Government outlaws insurance for ransom payments

Laws are already in place criminalising any terrorist financing. But what does the Home Office mean when it says it wants to prevent firms 'inadvertently' providing cover to meet ransom demands?

post 24 November 2014
May pushes for greater surveillance in the face of growing terror threat

As the state launches a publicity drive to warn of the need for greater surveillance, this week is also about the lessons learned from Woolwich.

post 18 November 2014
800,000 crimes 'unrecorded every year'

An inquiry finds nearly one in five crimes in England and Wales goes unrecorded every year - and nearly 200 rape offences were dropped between November 2012 and October 2013.

post 31 October 2014
Hostages for fortunes: why governments still pay terror ransoms

Terrorist kidnapping and extortion is now a multi-million pound industry, according to a UN report - and the average value of a foreign hostage is 1.7m.

post 30 October 2014
No state immunity for Jack Straw, MI5 and MI6 in rendition case

The government suffers a significant defeat in attempts to avoid a trial over allegations of complicity in the imprisonment, rendition and torture of a Libyan couple in 2004.

post 25 October 2014
The Gaza family caught in limbo

Ali Dalloul - who has a UK passport - was helped by the Foreign Office to get his family out of Gaza. But now the Home Office won't let his Palestinian children into this country.