Palestine Solidarity Campaign fundraises for Hamas group
On September 6, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Cambridge University Palestine Society are hosting a fundraising meal at a centre attached to St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge to raise money for Medical Aid to Palestine, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Palestine Return Centre (PRC).
The PRC was founded in 1996 by Salman Abu Sitta after he resigned from the Palestinian National Council in protest of the Oslo Peace Accords. Intelligence agencies regard the PRC as one of the leading lobby groups in Britain for the terror group Hamas, and claim that three of the PRC’s trustees are “Hamas activists who found refuge in Britain” during the 1990s. Senior Hamas leaders also regularly address the PRC’s conferences.
In 2010, the Israeli government banned the Palestinian Return Centre, stating that the PRC “functions as Hamas’s organizational branch in Europe and its members are senior Hamas leaders who promote the movement’s agenda in Europe, and directly interact with various Hamas leaders, particularly from Damascus.”
Medical Aid for Palestinians has also been accused of links to terror. MAP has made payments to the Al-Ihsan Charitable Society, a Palestinian group designated by the US Treasury Department in 2005 as a “charitable front for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad … [Al-Ihsan] masquerades as a charity, while actually helping to finance Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s acts of terror against the Israeli people and other innocents.”
Moreover, MAP’s founder, Dr Swee Ang, has admitted that some of the nurses in her organisation became suicide bombers in the 1980s, adding that she “wish[ed] they don’t have to do this … but to defend their people, what else can they do?” In 2002, the organisation accepted the proceeds of a book, ‘After the Terror’, which argues that “those Palestinians who have resorted to violence have been right to try to free their people, and those who have killed themselves in the cause of their people have indeed sanctified themselves.”
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which has organised the event, is described by the BBC as a “radical” organisation noted for its support of terror groups. A number of the group’s members are openly anti-Semitic and have been accused of links to far-Right organisations.
Recent rallies organised by the PSC, in fact, have attracted a contingent of neo-Nazi activists. Furthermore, in 2011, at an anti-Israel protest organised by the PSC, in which the crowds waved Hezbollah and Hamas flags, the crowds chanted “Khybar, Khybar al-Yahud” – referencing the ancient slaughter of Jews at Khybar in 629 AD.
PSC officials have met with senior leaders of the terrorist organisation Hamas, including its leader Ismail Haniyeh. In 2011, the PSC’s head, Hugh Lanning, was the keynote speaker at the the annual convention of Al-Awda, a US group noted for its support of terrorist organisations.
The author Ben White is advertised as the guest speaker at the September 6th event. White has previously written in defence of former Iranian President Ahmedinejad against claims of Holocaust Denial and anti-Semitism, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Further, in an article entitled, ‘Is It “Possible” to Understand the Rise in “Anti-Semitism”?’, published on extremist website CounterPunch, White linked the rise of anti-Semitism with “the widespread bias and subservience to the Israeli cause in the Western media.” He concluded, “I do not consider myself an anti-Semite, yet I can also understand why some are.”