Interpal’s ‘Nakba Narratives’
On 18th May, British charity Interpal is hosting a ‘Nakba Narratives’ event, which will include the usual array of extremist speakers.
Interpal claims to “focus solely on the provision of relief and development aid to the poor and needy of Palestine”. However, a number of Governments have accused Interpal of being part of a terrorist fundraising network that helps to sustain the violent terror group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Israelis and Palestinians. In 2003, the United States government classified Interpal as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), stating:
Interpal, headquartered in the UK, has been a principal charity utilized to hide the flow of money to HAMAS … Reporting indicates that Interpal is the fundraising coordinator of HAMAS. This role is of the type that includes supervising activities of charities, developing new charities in targeted areas, instructing how funds should be transferred from one charity to another, and even determining public relations policy.
Interpal trustees continue to regularly meet with senior Hamas leaders and visit the homes of suicide bombers’ families.
Read Stand for Peace’s complete Interpal profile here
Speakers at this month’s ‘Nakba Narratives’ event include:
Ilan Pappé is an anti-Zionist Israeli academic who has publicly defended anti-Semite and terrorist financier Raed Salah. He was also a signatory to a letter, published in the Guardian, which insisted that “Israel must lose” the armed conflict with Hamas. Pappé is associated with the Stop the War Coalition, a far-left alliance of Iranian and Syrian regime apologists.
Majdi Aqil is a trustee of the openly pro-Hamas Palestinian Return Centre, a proscribed organisation in Israel whose other trustees include three fugitive Hamas leaders. In 1988, Aqil was one of a number of “scholars, preachers and others thought to make up [Hamas’] middle and lower ranks” arrested by Israeli police. He is also named as a Hamas “activist” in Ha’aretz. Until recently, Aqil was Interpal’s Manchester representative.
Ibrahim Hewitt is an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. On the subject of what he calls “Zionist control of the media and [other] conspiracy theories,” he asks, “Can there be smoke without fire?” “The Jews,” argues Hewitt, “cannot be entrusted with the sanctity and security of this Holy Land.” In a pamphlet entitled “What Does Islam Say?”, he advocates the death penalty for apostates and adulterers, and demands that homosexuals suffer “severe punishments” for their “great sin.”[Ibrahim Hewitt, “What does Islam Say?”, Muslim Educational Trust, April 2004]
Uthman Lateef is one of Britain’s leading hate preachers, and holds a degree in “Crusader Studies” from the University of Damascus. In an audio recording obtained by the Gatestone Institute, he can be heard advocating the violent destruction of the non-Muslim world and expressing support for convicted terrorists. Lateef has said that “we [Muslims] don’t accept homosexuality … We hate it because Allah hates it.”
‘Mizan the Poet’
On his personal Facebook page, ‘Mizan the Poet’ promotes the work of anti-Semitic 9/11 Truther and Holocaust denier Anthony Lawson and propagates the preposterous allegation that Israel is “providing arms and equipment to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group.” He has also shared an article that argues that Abubakr Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, “has the hallmarks of an agent provocateur.”