Response to the Telegraph's article published 3rd of October
Human Appeal were shocked to discover the Telegraph online's article: “Terror-link charity was due to host joint official reception with Tory party” on Sunday 4 October. Not only did we find that the Conservative party had cancelled MCF and ACEVOs event on Muslim charities and British values, a debate which should be at the heart of policy-making in the current climate, we also found that our organisation and our chief executive, Othman Moqbel, who was due to speak at the event, had been personally attacked. The allegations made against Human Appeal and Othman Moqbel, which appeared on Sunday 4 October’s Telegraph online, are untrue.
The journalist, Andrew Gilligan, made no attempt to contact Human Appeal or Othman Moqbel before the article was published.
Human Appeal does not have and has never had links and/or a close relationship with Hamas and knows of no such allegation having been made by the FBI.
The work we do in Gaza provides humanitarian relief to millions of Gazans. Human Appeal ensures over 200,000 children a day have access to clean water, our supporters sponsor thousands of Gazan orphans, and we run successful sustainable livelihoods projects in the area. (https://humanappeal.org.uk/)
We have written to the Telegraph to demand the removal of the article.
In response to the article, a number of organisations and newspapers have expressed their support for Human Appeal, such as Middle East Eye, the Independent, Civil Society and ACEVO.