Third senior figure at Islamic Relief Worldwide steps down after making antisemitic comments

A senior director at Islamic Relief Worldwide has become the third senior figure forced to step down for posting antisemitic comments on social media.

Tayeb Abdoun, network and resource development director, had been at the charity for more than 25 years.

In a statement, the charity said one of its directors had made “antisemitic and offensive and unacceptable comments in 2014”, using an undisclosed social media account.

His resignation follows those of two former trustees who stepped down earlier this year following the emergence of antisemitic comments they had posted on social media in 2014 and 2015.

IRW appointed a new board of trustees in August before asking the former attorney general, Dominic Grieve, to chair an independent commission into the vetting of trustees and senior executives at the charity.

The charity confirmed the latest director to step down was Abdoun, who had resigned with immediate effect and accepted that he had let IRW down.

“He has also expressed his deep regret for any offence caused to the Jewish community and for causing harm to our organisation and its reputation,” said the charity's statement, which was published last month.

“Any hate speech, and within that any expression of antisemitism, is in violation of our code of conduct and against everything that Islamic Relief stands for.”

The charity said it was committed to its moral and religious standards of fairness and non-discrimination, and was working ?to?root out anyone in its organisation who did not meet its core?values as a?respectful, faith-sensitive,?non-discriminatory and principled charity.  

The findings of the independent commission are due to be published in January.

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