The Stand for Peace organization is reporting that the human rights organization Oxfam is running an exhibit on Gaza together with INTERPAL trustee Ibrahim Hewitt. According to the report:
January 13, 2014 Oxfam, in collaboration with the East London Mosque, is running an exhibition on the 17th January titled: ‘Gaza: Through my Eyes’, with Ibrahim Hewitt, a trustee of Hamas-linked Interpal who has called for the killing of homosexuals. Even worse: the event is due to take place in the East London Mosque, one of the most extreme platforms of hatred in Europe.
Ibrahim Hewitt has referred to the ‘so-called Holocaust’, [Blood on the Holy Land: Report on the Visit by a Delegation of British Muslims to Occupied Palestine]. Further, in a pamphlet written by Hewitt, he advocates the killing of apostates and adulterers, and demands that homosexuals suffer ‘severe punishments’ for their ‘great sin’. [ Ibrahim Hewitt, What does Islam Say?, The Muslim Educational Trust, April 2004 ]
As for Oxfam’s partner, the East London Mosque is one of Europe’s most notorious platforms for hate. Last month, the East London Mosque was due to host Shakeel Begg, who describes jihad as ‘the greatest of deeds’.
The British Government has acknowledged that the East London Mosque is ‘the key institution for the Bangladeshi wing of Jamaat-e-Islami in the UK.’ [Jamaat-e-Islami is a violent Islamist terror group responsible for the mass-murder of of women, journalists and intellectuals during the 1971 Liberation War].
Other East London Mosque speakers have included Saad al-Beraik, a ‘prominent [Saudi] government official cleric’, who refers to Jews as ‘monkeys’ and has said, ‘Muslim brothers in Palestine, do not have any mercy neither compassion on the Jews, their blood, their money, their flesh. Their women are yours to take, legitimately. God made them yours. Why don’t you enslave their women? Why don’t you wage jihad? Why don’t you pillage them?’
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An online profile provides biographical detail about Ibrahim Hewitt:
Ibrahim Hewitt is the Senior Editor of MEMO [Middle East Monitor]. He is a media and education consultant and has been the chairman of Interpal, the Palestinian Relief and Development Fund, a British charity, since 1997. A school inspector, he is also the Head of Al-Aqsa School in Leicester. He was awarded the Alija Izetbekovic Award for Citizenship at the Muslim News Awards for Excellence ceremony in 2005, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the Islamic University in Gaza in 2011 for his support for the people of Palestine and the development of the university.
It should be noted that the Islamic University in Gaza is an important center for Hamas activity. Mr. Hewitt is also a trustee of the International Board of Educational Research and Resources (IBERR), a little known organization headquartered in South Africa. IBERR was founded by Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens) and distributes Islamic educational material around the world. An IBERR website identifies IBERR members including some prominent names from the global Muslim Brotherhood. In addition to Mr. Islam and Mr. Hewitt, these include:
- Abdalla Idris Ali (Islamic Society of North America)
- Abdul Hamid Abu Sulaiman (International Institute of Islamic Thought, USA)
- Fathi Malkawi (IIIT)
- Ibrahim Hassaballa (International. Islamic Charitable Organization, Kuwait)
According to a NEFA Foundation report authored by the GMBDW editor, INTERPAL is perhaps the most important of the charities comprising the Union of Good, a coalition of charities headed by Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi which helps to raise funds for Hamas. The Union of Good was banned by Israel in 2002 and was designated a terrorist entity by the United States in 2008. INTERPAL itself had been designated by the US in 2003. Our predecessor publication discussed the 2009 UK Charity Commission’s order that INTERPAL sever its ties with the Union of Good, likely only a formality given that Essam Yusuf, the former head of the Union of Good is still the Managing Trustee of Interpal. The U.S. has attempted to persuade the U.K. government to do something about INTERPAL but the U.K. appears reluctant to anything which in their view would further antagonize its Muslim population.
Stand for Peace has also published an expose of extremism at the East London Mosque, headed by Muhammed Abdul Bari, the former chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB).