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Posted on Jun 3, 2014

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (JRCT) is a Quaker grant making trust founded in 1904 by Joseph Rowntree, which claims to support “people who address the root causes of conflict and injustice.”

Despite these high-minded aspirations, however, the JRCT funds a number of extremist organisations:

CagePrisoners (£135,000)

CAGE (formerly CagePrisoners) is a terrorist support group run by confessed terrorist Moazzam Begg, “Britain’s most famous supporter of the Taliban,” who once admitted to visiting terrorist training camps on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where he was responsible for “small arms and mountain tactics” training. Begg has recently been charged with terrorism offences following his return from a visit to Syria.

CAGE has promoted the conspiracy theory that “9/11 could be insurance fraud” planned by “Zionist billionaires.”

Centre for Applied Human Rights (£45,000)

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is an academic institute at the University of York. It has been criticised in the York student press for hosting an event organised by the “radical” Palestinian Solidarity Campaign (PSC):

The BBC has described the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign as “radical”, and notes that the organisation promotes an annual march which hosts supporters of Hamas, Hezbollah and gives a platform to extremist group Hizb ut-Tahrir.

The group has also attracted criticism from activist Peter Tatchell, who has criticised the PSC after they condemned gay rights group OutRage’s attempts to reduce alleged persecution of gay people in Gaza and the West Bank.

In June 2011, Green MP Caroline Lucas challenged the PSC’s use of a map of Palestine which she argued “could be open to interpretation by some as implying non-recognition of Israel’s right to exist”.

York Student Jacob Campbell who is a StandWithUs Fellow told The Yorker: “Collaboration with an extremist hate group like the PSC is totally unacceptable, especially for an institute which claims to promote human rights. What the University has done is morally equivalent to cooperating with the BNP or the EDL.”

The CAHR defended itself by expressing “complete confidence” in the PSC.

Conflicts Forum

Conflicts Forum is a Beirut-based think tank, founded by former British intelligence officer Alistair Crooke in 2004, which exists to promote a “positive assertion of Islamist values and thinking … [and] Hamas’ and Hezbollah’s values”. According to Hussein Ibish and Michael Weiss, “most of the publications on the Conflicts Forum website reflect official Iranian ideology and foreign policy”.

In the past, Conflicts Forum’s Board of Advisors included Moazzam Begg, a confessed terrorist who was recently remanded on terrorism charges; and Azzam Tamimi, Hamas’ “special envoy” to the UK.

Today, the Board of Advisors includes Sayyed Mohammad Marandi, an Iranian propagandist and professor at the University of Tehran; Ismail Patel, a Hamas supporter who openly associates with fugitive Hamas commanders; and Salma Yaqoob, an Islamist politician who believes in the “right” of Iraqis and Afghans to murder British soldiers.

Conflicts Forum has published on its website the work of Palestinian journalist Khaled Amayreh, who has made a number of vicious anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying remarks, including the claim that “Jews control the United States completely”.

Other writings promoted on the Conflicts Forum website include those of Al-Akhbar, described as “Hezbollah’s newspaper”; Al-Manar, a “specially designated global terrorist entity” under US law; Counterpunch, described as “a neo-Nazi magazine”; Moon of Alabama, a pro-Assad blog; and RT, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda channel.

Free Radicals

The Free Radicals, who describe their mission as “building youth power” and “driving change from the grassroots,” is a movement which takes inspiration from the Black Panther Party and the Zapatistas. The Black Panther Party was far-left revolutionary organisation founded in 1966 and notorious for its violent activities, racism and affiliation with communist regimes. The Zapatistas are a Mexican terrorist group with a similar ideological outlook and suspected links to Hezbollah.

Peace News

Peace News is an anti-war journal that sympathised with the Nazi regime before and during the Second World War. Historian Mark Gilbert has written that, “with the exception of Action, the journal of the British Union of Fascists, it is hard to think of another British newspaper which was so consistent an apologist for Nazi Germany as Peace News.” Moreover, left-wing journalist Nick Cohen writes that “John Middleton Murry, the distinguished critic and editor of Peace News, clung to the view that ‘a Hitlerian Europe would not be quite so terrible as most people believe it would be’.”

Peace News has also been criticised for publishing “many articles … written in support of PIE’s [the Paedophile Information Exchange’s] aims.” More recently, Peace News contributors have written in support of delisting Hamas as a terrorist organisation, and its editors have led several “peace delegations” to Iran.


Reprieve, like CAGE, is a terrorist support group, run by Clive Stafford Smith, who, according to Harry’s Place, “has played an instrumental role, not just in defending al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners, but in promoting their ideological supporters. He played a key role in the creation of CagePrisoners [aka CAGE], helped them obtain funding, and promoted their partnership with Amnesty International: which led to the ousting of the veteran South Asian feminist Gita Sahgal from that organisation.”

Reprieve has worked with “Mos Def,” a rapper and 9/11 Truther.

In 2005, Clive Stafford Smith was appointed by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust as a salaried “Rowntree Visionary.” Stand for Peace believes Stafford Smith has used his connections to secure the vast amount of funding that CAGE has received from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in the years since his appointment.



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