Thoughts on Oxfam regarding extremism, antisemitism, terrorism and more

I’ve been aware of Oxfam’s anti-Israel stance for many years, but doubt too many others have. Until recently when I heard more rumours, as the SodaStream issue grew to international attention, I hadn’t bothered looking further.

This peaked my interest and I started looking for more information. I’ve always been of the opinion that as an international aid agency, they shouldn’t be taking sides politically. In their statement regarding Scarlett’s Johannsson’s resignation they say:

“Oxfam believes that businesses, such as SodaStream, that operate in settlements further the ongoing poverty and denial of rights of the Palestinian communities that we work to support.”

If that isn’t political I don’t know what is. It’s also rather puzzling when the workers at the Ma’ale Adumim SodaStream factory have specifically asked SodaStream and BDS activists not to be the cause of the factory closure. They earn four times as much as other Arabs in Judaea and Samaria. They have their medical insurance paid for them, they have a mosque on site and many other excellent benefits.

One wonders why an agency which prides itself in international aid helping those in need, would take this stand?

Thanks to Scarlett Johannsson’s stand against what can only be seen as ‘bully boy’ tactics, the world now knows where Oxfam’s heart lies.

Stand for Peace is a British group which has done an exposé of Oxfam.

“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.”

Stand for Peace has a comprehensive report in PDF format for downloading HERE:

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

The web site says

‘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

Toolkit“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 Occupation’.”

 “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”.

Jake Wallis Simons is a Telegraph (UK) features and comment writer, who  has recently written a piece entitled

“The Darker Side of Oxfam”       HERE:

He says,

“Scarlett Johanssen’s breakup with Oxfam over her support for the Israeli company SodaStream has caused fresh scrutiny to be applied to the charity. And with fresh scrutiny comes fresh revelations.”

He says that :

an Oxfam spokesman gave his organisation’s official line to Haaretz, a Left-leaning Israeli newspaper.

I was wondering why they chose the VERY problematic Haaretz, but thinking about it, as I see it from their point of view, an obvious choice.

Who said

We don’t provide financial support to the BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] campaign or fund activities that call for a boycott of Israel,”

“Oxfam is not opposed to trade with Israel, and we don’t support a boycott of Israel or any other country. However, we do oppose trade with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.”

Do you find that political? I do.

 

Jake goes on to say

In truth, Oxfam channels charity funds to political groups which follow deeply partisan agendas, and support the boycott of Israel.

Over the last few years, Oxfam GB and the Dutch branch of the charity, Oxfam Novib, have granted many tens of thousands pounds to Coalition of Women for Peace (CWP).

This group is linked to whoprofits.org, a website that publicly identifies boycott targets, including Israeli banks, utility providers and companies like SodaStream.

In 2013, Oxfam Novib alone donated more than £70,000 to the group.

Some of the companies listed have just the vaguest connection to the West Bank or the Israeli military.

Motorola is named because of its “long-standing cooperation with Israeli security forces” (it provides the Israel Defence Force (IDF) with encrypted smartphones). Hewlitt Packard, also mentioned on the site, has provided computer systems and biometric access control systems to the IDF.

Oxfam Novib, which receives tens of millions of Euros from the Dutch government, is also a substantial supporter of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PHCR), the organisation behind many “lawfare” suites against Israel, including attempts to arrest Israeli officials abroad.

In 2009, it sponsored Ali Abunimah, co-founder of the popular anti-Israel website Electronic Intifada, to give a presentation in the Netherlands in which he advocated BDS and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing”, “colonisation” and “apartheid”.

Last year, Oxfam’s logo also appeared on a poster advertising a conference promoting the elimination of Israel as a Jewish state, which was organised by a radical group called Zochrot. Oxfam, however, denies any involvement.

Moreover, as I reported in December, Oxfam GB (as well as UNICEF and Christian Aid) has funded the controversial Left-wing pressure group Breaking the Silence.

Alun McDonald, Oxfam spokesperson in Jerusalem, said:

“Oxfam funds Palestinian and Israeli civil society organisations on projects to reduce poverty and address injustice. We value the independence of our partners and we do not expect our grantees to agree with us on all policy issues. We do not provide support to partner activities that call for the boycott of Israel.”

But according to Professor Gerald Steinberg, the President of NGO Monitor, the agenda behind Oxfam’s statements is clear.

“For Oxfam to say that it does not support the boycott is like a company claiming that it opposes air pollution, but invests in a coal power plant,”

A Belgium website Omdurman lists a great many problematic issues with Oxfam Belgium.

oxfam anti israelposterOxfam Belgium produced this poster encouraging the boycotting of Israeli products. The poster reads:

“Israeli fruits have a bitter taste…reject the occupation of Palestine, don’t buy Israeli fruits and vegetables.”

This is signifying BLOOD.

BDS speaks of Israeli BLOOD diamonds.

BDS speaks of BLOOD oranges.

BDS is now speaking of BLOOD bubbles in SodaStream as indicated by the graphic below by Rachele Richards.

Blood bubbles

Well-known Israeli brands and logos are declared as unfit for consumption. The message is blatantly political, and thus in clear contradiction of Oxfam’s mission statement.

#  The Problem: Oxfam Belgium (or Oxfam Solidarity) is giving moral aid and support to Palestinian terrorists

Oxfam Belgium is in bed with Actieplateform Palestina, whose agenda is blatantly anti-IsraelDagger through Star of David

  • What is Actieplateform Palestina (Action Platform Palestine)? Greta Duisenberg, wife of the European Central Bank CEO, is praised by an Islamic media source that refuses to spell out the word “Israel.” Artwork includes a dagger through the Star of David and the United States and Russia as vampires “feeding on the Islamic umma (community).

#  Oxfam Belgium says Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine

#  Oxfam Belgium supports “Palestinian Right of Return

#  Allegations of participation in overtly anti-Semitic activities. “Oxfam Belgium is the partner of the AEL, who called up for the anti-Semitic demonstrations in Antwerp, where a puppet representing an orthodox Jew was burned in public.”

#  Evidence of Oxfam Solidarity participation in a boycott of ALL Israeli products: Jaffa (Haifa) is one of the “occupied territories,” we suppose. And perhaps Tel Aviv is, too.

#  Belgian Oxfam entities also boycotting the United States

NOTE: Since posting this some 5 to 6 hours ago, I have just had some time to spare to check through the links posted on the Belgium website Omdurman and to tell you the truth it is quite an eye opener what Oxfam Belgium is up to.
Please take some time to look through them.

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6 comments

  1. Leon Poddebsky

    Whether or not international aid agencies should take political stances is debatable.
    The problem is that with regard to the Arab/Muslim- Israeli conflict, the high profile ones take the side of the reactionary aggressors, thus betraying their supposed agenda / calling / vocation.

    Many of these NGO’s are generously funded by the Europeans, whose agenda is clearly the phased dissolution of Israel. The EU governments constantly wink and nod to their media, to their business sector, to their churches, indeed to their entire societies, tacitly or actively inciting them to slander Israel as part of their political drive.

    This would not change even if Israel were to donate all of the disputed territories to Arabs.

    In this country, the New Israel Fund’s orientation and funding are in line with those of the other NGO’s which are hostile to Jewish national and territorial rights in The Land of Israel.
    It would not be surprising if our former foreign minister, Madame Ashrawi’s idol, were to be appointed to high office in one of these NGO’s.

    • I am on my mobile phone so excuse typos.
      At a B of Deps meeting last year, Uri Windt carried on about Naftali Bennett’s stand on Israel because the Board been a co-sponsor. He was assured they believed in a 2 State solution. Yet on the Acri website, which is a grantee of the NIF which he supports, they are opposed to it.
      I wonder what he really thinks?

  2. Nicely done piece, Shirlee.

    The Oxfam / Johannsson story is the gift that keeps on giving.

    I just hope that all this hoopla inclines Jewish people, and friends of Jewish people, to be a little more critical of some of the “humanitarian” charities that are anything but.

    Y’know, I actually called the Oxfam offices the other day for the joyous purpose of giving them a little piece of my mind. I scripted my statement out ahead of time and really let them have it over the telephone.

    Whoever would have thought that Scarlett Johannsson, of all people, would end up being something of a Jewish hero in the modern era?

    I mean, really, Scarlett Johannsson?

  3. Thanks Mike, that’s high praise coming from you. I could have gone on and on about Oxfam ad infinitum, there is so much out there and it needs to be broadcast. If you want to cross post or add a link here, please do so.

    I always thought of Scarlett Johannsson as a bit of an airhead but I now see she isn’t. ‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’ fits well here.

    Everyone needs to read this link
    http://www.omdurman.org/oxfam.html#ActionPlatformPalestine