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."


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.

post 30 July 2014
Retired Met police officer charged with murder of Azelle Rodney

It's been a long tough fight for the family of Azelle Rodney to get to today's unprecedented announcement.

post 23 July 2014
Met Police spied on families campaigning for justice

Exclusive: Families campaigning for justice against the Metropolitan Police were spied upon by undercover officers, Channel 4 News can reveal.

post 22 July 2014
Are the police using Tasers too much?

Widespread concerns have been expressed by the police watchdog over the use of Tasers in the past eight years.

post 16 July 2014
600 arrests in child abuse investigation on industrial scale

Doctors, teachers, care workers, scout leaders and former police officers are among those detained across the UK.

article 10 July 2014 UK
This is the room where police shot my mum, Cherry Groce

The son of Cherry Groce, whose shooting in 1985 sparked riots in Brixton, returns for the first time to the house where, as an 11-year-old, he saw a policeman fire on his mother.

article 01 July 2014 UK
The Metropolitan police officer who accidentally shot and crippled Cherry Groce 29 years ago tells her inquest he takes full responsibility for what happened.
'I was hoping I'd missed,' Groce officer tells inquest

The Metropolitan police officer who accidentally shot and crippled Cherry Groce 29 years ago tells her inquest he takes full responsibility for what happened.

article 01 July 2014 UK
Zahid Mubarek
Racist murder fears in young offenders institutions

Fourteen years on from the racist murder of Zahid Mubarek in Feltham, HM inspector of prisons says there is evidence of racist bullying on a significant scale in young offenders' institutions.

post 30 June 2014
Cherry Groce shooting: victim of 'unreasonable' operation

The armed raid on the home of a mother whose shooting by police triggered the 1985 Brixton riots had "serious deficiencies", the inquest into her death is told.

post 12 June 2014
A partial victory for open justice

It was billed as the first secret trial in modern British history. But judges have backed down on plans to hear a terror case behind closed doors.

post 11 June 2014
Going cheap: Boris snaps up German water cannon for London streets

Boris Johnson says he snapped up three German water cannon before getting permission to use them on London's streets because the price was too good to miss.

post 09 June 2014
Review announced into handling of rape cases

The Met and the Crown Prosecution Service have announced a major review into the handling of rape cases in the wake of the first increase in acquittal rates for at least six years.