Commission to review Interpal investigation

Third Sector, 2 August 2006

The Charity Commission says it will "urgently review" its investigation into links between London-based aid charity Interpal and Palestine's ruling party, Hamas, following a BBC Panorama documentary.

The programme, Faith, Hate and Charity, broadcast on Sunday, alleged that the charity donated thousands of pounds to voluntary organisations on Israel's West Bank that support the party and help to spread its ideology.

Although Hamas won the Palestinian elections, it is widely condemned and boycotted for its support of suicide bombings.

The Charity Commission cleared the charity of misapplication of funds after official inquiries in 1996 and 2003.

But Kenneth Dibble, executive director of legal and charity services at the commission, admitted on the programme that the most recent investigation "had not been in-depth".

Ibrahim Hewitt, chair of Interpal, said the programme was "a wholly unbalanced and incomplete picture". He said Interpal was a politically neutral organisation and had never supported terrorism.

Related Articles

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Additional Information

Latest jobs Jobs web feed















90 per cent funded training for third sector: Collaborative Leadership Programme

  • Date: Thu 13 Mar 2014 - Fri 16 May 2014
  • Venue: Leeds

People power

  • Date: Wed 30 Apr 2014 - Wed 30 Apr 2014
  • Venue: London

The Acevo Gathering of Social Leaders: One Year to Go

  • Date: Wed 7 May 2014 - Wed 7 May 2014
  • Venue: London

Third Sector Insight