Human Appeal International
As registered by the United Kingdom Charity Commission the charity's goals include:
- "The prevention or relief of poverty anywhere in the world by providing grants, items and services to individuals in need and/or charities or other organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty."
The charity is made up of a diverse staff and works in 25 countries. It runs targeted poverty relief programmes in the following areas:
• Emergency response – providing humanitarian aid and responding to natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods. In particular, the charity specialises in water purification and sanitation systems, food security, and building large shelters.
• Sustainable development – concentrating on poverty alleviation, income generation, skills and training, education (both building schools and curriculum development), health (maternal health and child health) and gender equality.
Human Appeal is a patron of Mosaic, an organisation founded by HRH the Prince of Wales in 2007 which inspires young people from deprived communities to realise their talents and potential.
Human Appeal has offices in the UK, France, Ireland.
Membership of organisations
Human Appeal International is a member of Bond (the UK membership body for non-governmental organisations working in international development. It is a member of the Muslim Charities Forum. The group is one of the founding members of the Union of Good.
Human Appeal has a large Orphan sponsorship programme which currently supports 80,000 orphans around the world. Sponsorship is paid directly to the beneficiaries, providing them with food, clothing and school equipment.
Dr Othman Moqbel has been Chief Executive of Human Appeal since the end of 2010. In that time the charity has grown its reach and effectiveness significantly. Its annual income has grown from £3 million to just over £20 million, making it one of the UK’s fastest growing charities.
Previously, he served as a Facilitator for youth leadership and development courses students.
He is a member of the European Network of Civil Society Leaders (EUCLAID) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO). In spring 2015 ACEVO's CEO Sir Stephen Bubb visited Pakistan with Othman to see Human Appeal's work.
Alleged links to the funding of terrorism made by the Jewish Chronicle in 2012 were withdrawn and an apology was issued after being deemed completely false and deemed a politically motivated attack on Islam.
However, evidence supports the claim that Human Appeal International has been supportive of Hamas over the last decade.
A leaked CIA report from 1996 claimed that Human Appeal International’s branches were supposedly acting as a fundraiser for Hamas. A 2003 report by the FBI confirmed the close connection between the charity and the U.S.-designated terrorist organization.
Moreover, Human Appeal International’s official affiliation with the Union of Good, "an organization created by Hamas leadership to transfer funds to the terrorist organization," traces back to the early 2000. The charity is listed as a founding member on one of the Union of Good’s main websites, and its branches appear among the Union of Good member organizations on the most recent list available. Along with 35 charities and organizations affiliated to the Union of Good, Human Appeal International was outlawed by the Israeli authorities in July 2008 for being part of Hamas’ fundraising network.
Furthermore, a report produced by the Gatestone Institute quoted documents obtained from the Internal Revenue Service by Senator Charles Grassley in 2004 according to which the IRS would have considered Human Appeal International a charity financing terrorism.
Human Appeal International’s affiliation with Hamas attracted public attention especially after the arrest of convicted Hamas activist and alleged fundraiser Ahmad Saltana (also known as Abu Asama) in 2005, when the name of the charity was explicitly linked to the U.S.-designated terrorist organization and to the emerging phenomenon of charitable organizations bankrolling terrorist activities.
The Gatestone Institute reported in July 2011 that Human Appeal International was among the charities honored at a Hamas ceremony in Gaza.  The charity also organized an event in partnership with the Palestinian Forum of Britain attended by a number of "radical hate preachers and Hamas supporters."
One of Human Appeal International’s trustees, Noon al-Kaddo, was involved in a scandal in 2013 for obtaining funds from Kuwait for the controversial Blue Mosque in Amsterdam. Allegedly, al-Kaddo secured €2 million from Kuwait to be funneled through the Dutch-Muslim group Europe Trust Netherland. In exchange, the Kuwaiti minister of religious affairs would have been designated as the new chairman of the Dutch group. According to a report produced by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, the completion of the Blue Mosque in Amsterdam was "opening new windows into unexpected avenues of terrorist financing and funding for the growth of radical Islam in the West." Al-Kaddo purportedly worked on the deal with Ahmed Al-Rawi, Yahia Bouyafa, and Yassin Elforkani, three Muslim Brotherhood leaders. Al-Kaddo himself chairs an entity (the Islamic Cultural center of Ireland) tied to Yussef al-Qaradawi, a prominent Islamist scholar affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
An article recently posted by The Telegraph further emphasized the connection between Human Appeal International and Hamas-affiliated or supporting organizations. In particular, Human Appeal International was mentioned among the members of the Muslim Charities Forum, "an umbrella body of 10 British charities, at least six of which have funded Hamas organisations and most of which can also be linked to the [Muslim] Brotherhood." The Muslim Charities Forum is based in the Westgate House, a building in London which The Telegraph has identified as the main hub for Muslim Brotherhood operations and affiliated organizations in Europe.
It is listed by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Human Appeal International's appearance on this list is largely due to the fact that it formerly employed Guantanamo detainee Boudella el Hajj - now cleared of all wrongdoing. American authorities have admitted that he was wrongly detained for over 6 years, and has been released.
Awards and nominations
- Extract from the Central Register of Charities maintained by the Charity Commission for England and Wales: Human Appeal International
- Kroessin, Mohammed Ralf (2009) Mapping UK Muslim Development NGOs, Working Paper 30 Religions and Development Research Programme
- "Implementing Organisations". Interpal: Helping Palestinians in Need. Archived from the original on 8 December 2001. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Merley, Steve (23 March 2009). "Union of Good: INTERPAL and the U.K. Member Organizations" (PDF). www.globalmbwatch.com. The NEFA Foundation. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Westrop, Samuel. "Prominent British Charity "Linked to Hamas"". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- McKenzie, Rick (24 June 2003). "Claim money from Aust sent to organisations linked to terrorism". ABC.net.au. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- Harley, Jonathan (9 September 2003). "Concern charity channelling funds to Hamas". ABC.net.au. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- "Treasury Designates the Union of Good". www.treasury.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- "Defense Minister signs order banning Hamas-affiliated charitable organizations". Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 7 July 2008. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
- "Charity cash for Palestinian poor was siphoned to suicide bombers". The Independent. 28 November 2005. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- Esman, Abigail R. "Kuwait Funding Muslim Brotherhood Growth in Western Mosques". Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- "Muslim Brotherhood associates broker €2 million deal from Kuwait for Dutch mosque". Money Jihad. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- Gilligan, Andrew (8 February 2015). "How the Muslim Brotherhood fits into a network of extremism". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- http://www.mfa.gov.il/mfa/pressroom/2008/pages/defense%20minister%20signs%20order%20banning%20hamas-affiliated%20charitable%20organizations%207-jul-2008.aspx Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- "British Muslim Awards 2015 finalists unveiled". Asian Image. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.