Human Aid & Advocacy condemns yesterday’s violent assault by Israeli forces on worshippers at the sacred Al-Aqsa mosque. The violations are particularly disturbing as they occur during the holy month of Ramadan. Human Aid & Advocacy is also concerned by the silence from the UK government who, only a week before had issued sanctions related threats against Muslim charities supporting survivors in Palestine.
In light of the government’s tacit support for this latest Israeli aggression and the possibility of further attacks on Gaza, it appears to Human Aid & Advocacy that the correspondence from the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) is nothing more than an attempt to disrupt legitimate aid work, and thereby maximise the suffering of the Palestinian people.
This is part of a broader trend in which the UK government is enhancing its bilateral support to Israel in defence, economy and other sectors.
Nur Choudhury, Chair of Human Aid & Advocacy, said:
“It is startling that when the UK government seeks to expand a £7-billion trade relationship with Israel – a state that has been roundly condemned for maintaining apartheid - it is also turning on its own citizens and restricting the delivery of aid to Palestinian survivors.”
“Charities and volunteers that are helping to alleviate the suffering of Palestinians living under apartheid deserve every support from UK authorities. They should not be obstructed nor threatened with prosecution. We call on the OFSI to reverse its decision and to stop the intimidation of Muslim charities especially during the month of Ramadan”
 UK government relations with Israel span a number of areas: