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Posted on Jan 15, 2013

Oxfam and Friends

Oxfam and Friends

Oxfam is a leading charity in the UK. Thousands of its supporters trust it to make the right decisions. Unfortunately, Oxfam seems to have an extremely poor choice of partners. It sponsors and runs events with a number of extremist groups.

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This report reveals that Oxfam has partnered with groups that support terrorism, religious extremism, anti-Semitism and advocate violence against Jews, women and homosexuals.


But what exactly defines a partnership? Oxfam has sponsored events, issued joint press releases, and run campaigns with all these groups. Certainly, if these were far-Right groups, the criticism of Oxfam’s associations would be much more loud and severe. And yet some of these groups listed advocate ideas that are even more extreme than the evil politics peddled by far-Right.


Most importantly, Oxfam itself describes many of these relations as “partnerships”. It partnered with Islamic Relief and Human Appeal and Muslim Brotherhood-linked group MADE to produce a ‘campaigns toolkit’.  Both Islamic Relief and Human Appeal have been accused by a number of Governments of being “terrorist fronts”. Further, Islamic Relief’s President, Essam al-Haddad, was the campaign manager for Egyptian President Morsi, who recently described Jews as the “descendents of apes and pigs”.


In fact, on Oxfam’s website, the blog post acknowledging the ‘campaigns toolkit’ project was written by an Oxfam staff member called Nina Gora, who was a leading anti-Israel activist while at University. Working with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, she invited Aharon Cohen, the extremist leader of Neturei Karta, to address students. A few years before, Cohen had said that Holocaust victims “deserved it”. Gora also wrote this piece, titled ‘Horror of Occuption’.


Oxfam’s relationship with the London Muslim Centre, considered by many to be one of the most extreme anti-Semitic institutions in Europe, has also been described as a “partnership”.


Oxfam proudly labels itself as the leading supporter of Zaytoun, an organisation run by the pro-Hamas International Solidarity Movement. Again, Oxfam calls the relationship a “partnership”. And yet Zaytoun is one of the leading actors in the movement to boycott Israeli goods.


Oxfam’s relations with these groups goes beyond sharing the occasional platform; it includes running joint events and affirming support for each other.


Oxfam partners have included:

  1. East London Mosque – an extremist institution whose speakers have included Saad Al Beraik, a hate preacher who calls for the enslavement of Jewish women.
  2. Islamic Relief – a charity which the Israeli government has designated a “terrorist front”. Ayaz Ali, the head of the charity’s Gaza operations, was deported after being accused of funnelling money to Hamas. Neo-Nazi images were found stored on his computer.
  3. MADE in Europe – a charity whose staff are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist groups, and whose offices are based at the extremist London Muslim Centre.
  4. Human Appeal International – a charity identified by the US Government as one of a number of groups used as conduits for funds to terrorist organisations, including Hamas.
  5. Zaytoun – a trade collective run by members of the anti-Israel, pro-terror International Solidarity Movement. Zaytoun works to promote the boycott of Israeli goods.
  6. Palestine Solidarity Campaign – an anti-Israel lobbying group which the BBC has described as a ‘radical’ organisation that supports Hamas. The Board of Deputies of British Jews has stated the PSC’s views include “racist conspiracy theories, the propagation of antisemitic stereotypes and Holocaust denial”.
  7. Muslim Aid – According to its own accounts, Muslim Aid paid £325,000 to the Islamic University of Gaza, where leading Hamas figures teach; and £13,998 to the al-Ihsan Charitable Society, designated by the US government as a “sponsor of terrorism” and a front for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
  8. Federation of Student Islamic Societies – a radical student movement which has, in the past, promoted Al Qaeda recruiter Anwar Awlawki and has provided a platform to hate preachers such as Haitham Al-Haddad, who has said that Jews are “apes and pigs” and that the Gaza war made him happy because “it clearly encouraged Muslims to prepare themselves for jihad, all over the world”.

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  1. Oxfam went rotten back in the 70’s if not before when it hired “Gorgeous George” Galloway as its DG for some years. Further back you will probably find it grew out of the Oxford Group of anti – reds led by Buchalter(?) at the height of Mc Carthyism.
    Soomebody once told me it is actually quite good at he practicalities of diaster relief in setting up refugee camps with properly equipped kitchens and latrines…..

  2. Some of these claims seem a bit tenuous: Oxfam’s “link” with the East London Mosque is that they sponsored an exhibition of Palestinian children’s art there. Is that really so evil?

    • That ‘art’ was no art made by children but by grown ups and were anti-Israel propaganda.

  3. Would you support Oxfam if they ran an event at BNP headquarters? Doubt it.

    Especially as the ELM make the BNP look like moderates.

  4. You would be hopelessly naive if you didn’t realise that Oxfam is no friend of Israel or the Jews as a whole. Don’t give them money!

  5. Why doesn’t oxfam take the begging bowl to the muslim community in Dubai – these oil rich barons seem to act like Henry V111th wallowing in their wealth from pillaging the soil and oil to continually build their lifestyle, they totally ignore their brothers in these moth-eaten countries, in which they inflame residents toward collaring Israel and subsequently condone, as most of the world, Jew-hating campaigns.

  6. Sidney Lightman · January 16, 2013 Reply
    Irv has hit the nail right on the head. As for Oxfam’spartnerships I am amazed that Oxfam has not yet created a partnership with the BNP, because they are obviously soul-mates — if the BNP has a soul.

    As for Gabriel, he does not deny the accusations against Oxfam, and tries to make excuses for its link (to use his word) with the East London Mosque, which certainly is evil.


  7. Re: ZAYTOUN.They had embedded sympathisers of PSC and their propaganda anti-Israel literature within a National Health
    Mental Rehabilitation Workplace (SWOP) This also included showing Anti-Israel Films and the notorious far left progenitor and `presenter` and journalist John Pilger film “The War you dont see! ” plus a Guardian article on their website “Selfish Capitalism is bad for your mental health”.
    It took me three years to `extinguish`this particular nest of `Anarchism`and it appears from your report OXFAM are bed fellows of ZAYTOUN . Enough said!

  8. One argument put forward by this report is that we should not engage with Oxfam because they have engaged with the East London Mosque.

    In the recent past, the East London Mosque has received grants from Near Neighbours (which also contributes to the Board of Deputies’ Hebrew-teaching projects) and the British Government (which the Board engages with on a daily basis). Logically, therefore, the Stand for Peace report indicates that we should cut off ties with Near Neighbours and our own Government, as well as Oxfam.

    Islamic Relief has received support from HSBC (with whom some Deputies bank, no doubt), the Scottish government and World Jewish Relief (a charity which has been suggested as an alternative partner to Oxfam!) – we presumably need to add these to the ever-growing blacklist then?

    Look: the severing of all relations is a blunt instrument. It suggests that one does not have enough confidence in one’s opinions to open them up to public competition with alternative points of view. And it means that we can’t co-operate with certain others even where this would be mutually advantageous.

    Being successful in civil society is about dialogue, not insularity.

    • You don’t know how to read. The report isn’t saying be wary of Oxfam because of the East London Mosque, but because of partnerships that happen to include the ELM. Muslim Brotherhood, for example, has a long history of hate. But, yeah, let’s forget about that because you say so.

  9. Gabriel: That’s a specious argument. The UK Govt. has since refused to work with the ELM and FOSIS on a number of occasions.

    Your use of the ‘dialogue’ fallacy is extremely telling. It’s the same logic applied by those who claim we should be ‘engaging’ with Iran and Hamas; rather than using proscription and sanctions.

    Further, by working with Oxfam, you legitimise its choice of partners. Why can the Board of Deputies not work with other much better charities who don’t legitimise anti-Semitism, homophobia and misogyny?

    Why do you think we should allow such hatreds to fester unchallenged? The damage done by your proposed toleration of such iniquities far outweighs any benefits from ‘engaging’ with organisations such as Oxfam.

    A similar point is found here:

  10. The difference is that I have *not* suggested dialogue with Hamas. Hamas is a terrorist organisation which actively uses violence to target innocent civilians.
    Putting Oxfam (a charitable organisation which, erm, actively uses food to target famine) on the same level as Hamas seems a little inappropriate.

    • The political wing of Hamas is charitable. It’s da’wah arm feeds the hungry, builds schools, orphanages etc. Do you advocate dialogue with them?

      Why not partner with all the hundreds of wonderful charities out there who do not work with violent homophobes, anti-Semites and misogynists?

  11. Am so disappointed in Oxfam. I worked unpaid in one of their shops for 13 years and have backed them financially for more than 30 years. But no more! Am ashamed I didn’t think to look into their background previously.


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