Legal groups ask Commission to investigate War on Want over antisemitism

05 Sep 2018 News

Two legal groups have made a complaint to the Charity Commission, accusing War on Want of having links to terrorist organisations and inciting racial hatred against Jews and Israel.

But the charity has described the complaint as coming from “vexatious and politically motivated campaigns aimed at silencing human rights organisations”.

The Charity Commission has confirmed it has received the complaint and has said it is “assessing the concerns raised against our regulatory and risk framework”.

The complaint was raised by the Lawfare Project, which says it files litigation against antisemitic discrimination around the world, and by UK Lawyers for Israel, which describes itself as “a voluntary organisation of lawyers fighting against the delegitimisation of the State of Israel”.

The two organisations accuse the charity of “misleading and antisemitic behaviour” and of funding organisations with “well established links” to terrorists.

Brooke Goldstein, the Director of the Lawfare Project, said: “There is an infrastructure of hatred against Israel that has fed and nurtured antisemitic narratives. NGOs like War on Want are vital to that infrastructure and it is about time the Charity Commission held them to account.

“It is unacceptable for a charity to misuse its funds to cosy up to groups with terrorist links, spread hatred and mislead the public.”

A War on Want spokeswoman said: “War on Want does not comment on vexatious and politically motivated campaigns aimed at silencing human rights organisations.”

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