Global charity Oxfam has been threatened with criminal and civil lawsuits for its funding of branches of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), an internationally designated terror organization, Shurat HaDin-Israel Law Center said in a statement on Thursday. The move comes just weeks after actress Scarlett Johansson ended ties with the charity over a difference of opinion regarding her role as an ambassador for Israeli company SodaStream.
Shurat HaDin, which “represents victims of Palestinian and Islamic terrorism in courtrooms around the world,” demanded that Oxfam sever its ties with the Union of Health Workers Committees (“UHWC”) and the Union of Agricultural Worker’s Committee (“UAWC”), two agencies of the terror organization which it said “were created by the PFLP” and “operate under the direct patronage and in close cooperation with the PFLP.”
In a letter sent to Oxfam’s UK, Dutch, American and Australian branches, Shurat HaDin said, “The PFLP is one of the most violent and dangerous of the Palestinian terrorist organizations having carried out decades of murderous operations against civilian targets.”
PFLP’s attacks include, “airplane hijackings, the massacre at Ben Gurion Airport in 1972, intifada suicide bombings, the assassination of an Israeli minister and the murder of a Jewish family, including three infant children in the Itamar community in March 2011.”
“The PFLP is responsible for the criminal deaths of Israeli, American and European victims around the world. Several of its leaders are currently serving life sentences in Israeli prisons for their involvement in heinous terrorist attacks,” Shurat HaDin said.
Citing the Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project United States Supreme Court’s ruling, and EU, Dutch, UK, Israeli, Australian, and United States laws, the group said that lending any assistance or support to designated terrorist groups, including agricultural aid is criminal and renders Oxfam and its officers “criminally and/or civilly liable.”
“This includes liability for past, present and future terrorist attacks carried out by the PFLP,” the group said.
“We request that you immediately provide us written confirmation that Oxfam has discontinued the provision of aid and material support to the UHWC and the UAWC. Absent such confirmation, we will seek all available relief and remedies against Oxfam and its officers in all relevant jurisdictions,” Shurat HaDin warned.
Shurat HaDin’s director, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, who was described in a recent profile as “The Woman Who Makes the Jihadis Squirm,” said, “While Oxfam accuses Israel of war crimes, they themselves have partnered and financially supported a designated Palestinian terrorist organization. Any money given to a terrorist organization, including its instrumentalities, advances its ability to carry out murderous attacks. Oxfam claims to care about human rights in Gaza but doesn’t seem to care as much about the victims of the PFLP terrorist, including the lives of the Fogel family children who were massacred in their sleep.”
Oxfam garnered global attention over the incident with actress Johansson when it criticized her decision to help promote carbonated drinks manufacturer SodaStream because of the company’s West Bank factory. The star explained her decision to cut ties with the charity citing “a fundamental difference of opinion in regards to the boycott, divestment and sanctions …read more
Source: The Algemeiner