Israeli group accuses Oxfam of funding ‘terrorist’ entities

Israeli group accuses Oxfam of funding ‘terrorist’ entities
Mon Feb 24, 2014 18:25:37

The Israeli group of Shurat Hadin has called on the humanitarian international aid agency Oxfam to cut ties with two Palestinian organizations, accusing them of funding the "terrorist" group of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) based in Gaza.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the attorney of Shurat Hadin, which is also known as the Israel Law Center, said on Sunday that the center has been informed that Oxfam International, Oxfam Novib, as well as other Oxfam affiliates “provide financial aid and additional forms of material support to the Union of Health Workers Committees (UHWC) and the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees (UAWC).”

The two organizations were established by the PFLP, and “they operate under the direct patronage and in close cooperation with the PFLP,” the Israeli group said, accusing the PFLP of conducting terrorist acts.

In response to Shurat Hadin’s claims, the British-based charity Oxfam said that the allegations had already been looked into.

“We take any such allegations seriously; however, these same allegations by the Israel Law Center against UAWC were previously investigated thoroughly by the Australian government’s Federal Police and Security Intelligence Organization, and were found to be completely unsubstantiated,” Oxfam said in a statement.

Oxfam also said the Palestinian organizations are well respected and funded by many major international donors and “neither are proscribed organizations in any country.”

The Israeli group’s allegations come as the Tel Aviv regime has imposed an illegal blockade on the impoverished Gaza Strip since June 2007, a situation that has caused a decline in the standards of living, unprecedented levels of unemployment, and unrelenting poverty.

The absurdity of these allegations becomes manifest when one considers the fact that Israel has been committing acts of terrorism against Palestinians for years now.

The apartheid regime of Israel denies about 1.7 million people in Gaza their basic rights such as freedom of movement, jobs, and adequate healthcare and education.

In November 2012, the Israeli regime launched an eight-day war on Gaza. Over 160 Palestinians were killed and some 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli offensive.


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