UK - Board of Muslim Charity Resigns Over Antisemitism

Arno Froese

The entire leadership of Britain’s biggest Muslim charity has resigned after it emerged that it had replaced a trustee who had stepped down over antisemitic posts with a man who glorified terror attacks against Israel, and described the Jewish state as the “Zionist enemy.”

The mass resignation comes just a month after Heshmat Khalifa resigned as director of IRW, following The Times’ disclosure of antisemitic social media posts in which he called Israelis the “grandchildren of monkeys and pigs,” and Egypt’s president a “pimp son of the Jews.” He also lauded Hamas as “the purest resistance movement.”

Khalifa’s place on the board was taken by another IRW trustee, Almoutaz Tayara, who is also the chairman of Islamic Relief Germany, and the charity promised it was “reviewing our processes for screening trustees’ and senior executives’ social media posts to ensure that this will not happen again.”

However, posts have now come to light on Tayara’s social media accounts displaying similarly antisemitic views. According to The Times, Tayara described Hamas’s leaders as “great men” who answered the “divine and holy call of the Muslim Brotherhood.” Another showed Barack Obama wearing a tie emblazoned with the Star of David.

In 2014 the charity was banned from operating within Israel and the West Bank after the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), and legal authorities provided incriminating information against IRW. “[The IRW] is another source of funds for Hamas, and we have no intention of allowing it to operate and assist terrorist activity against Israel,” then Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said at the time.

According to The Times, between 2009 and 2018, the most recent decade for which the IRW’s accounts have been published, the UN handed £24.1 million. It’s total income for the whole decade was £967 million, including £20.4 million donated by the EU and a further £4.8 million from Sweden, Switzerland and Spain. During the same period, the UK handed IRW £8.2 million, but has made no donations to the charity since 2015., 23 August 2020

Arno's commentary

It becomes increasingly self-evident that utilizing technology makes the misuse of funds more easily detected than in the past. This is another plus for modern technology. Eventually, as we have repeatedly mentioned in this column, it will lead to total electronic control of all people on planet earth. 

It is of interest that under the Obama administration, the US and Israeli government signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding on military aid covering 2019-2028, during which the US pledged $38 billion, with $33 billion in Foreign Military Financing grants, plus $5 billion in missile defense appropriations. Not surprisingly, that former president Barack Obama was pictured “wearing a tie emblazoned with the Star of David.” 

The other side of the story is that Israel is restricted in their sale of sophisticated weaponry to other countries, except with permission from the USA. Needless to say, this agreement is extremely important for both countries, since only Israel has direct confrontational contact, experience, and expertise with use of the most modern weapons. Such highly critical knowledge is being shared with the US. 

What will happen in the end? Joel 3:2 will be fulfilled: “I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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