|Oxfam's vile 2002 Israeli blood oranges smear|
'Oxfam likes to claim that it is a non-political humanitarian organization, and its work in places like Haiti and Pakistan is inspiring, particularly in the areas of provision of clean water and sanitation. But its position on many issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears anything but balanced. While ostensibly in favour of the two-state solution, Oxfam partners with and funds organizations (such as Adalah) that call for a one-state solution. This summer, Oxfam ran a long campaign to lift the blockade on Gaza in which the word “weapons” was conspicuously absent. Oxfam issued press releases that insisted on inferring that the Mavi Marmara [was] a humanitarian mission and it persists on referring to this area of the world as the “Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel”.'
So wrote the author of a guest post for CiFWatch back in 2010.
Despite Oxfam's track record of bias against Israel, the Board of Deputies of British Jews took the controversial decision back in November to cooperate with Oxfam in a joint anti-hunger campaign project, Grow Tatzmiach. (See reports here and here)
However, controversy continues, and one of the deputies vehemently opposed to the move, Jonathan Hoffman, has issued the following notice on behalf of the "Say No Grow Tatzmiach" Coalition:
"As you know there has been considerable controversy about an undemocratic decision taken by the Executive of the Board of Deputies regarding an engagement with Oxfam, and a project called "Grow". This project was initiated without a full Board discussion. However thanks to an motion proosed by myself and Gary Mond it will be discussed at the next main Board of Deputies session on 20 January, and many local Deputies have requested that they hear the views of their Synagogue Boards and their respective constituents.
If like us you believe such a tie-up inappropriate given Oxfam's hostile attitude to Israel, we would urge you to find time to contact the Board of your Synagogue or other organisation to express your views before the Deputies' meeting.
In recent weeks Oxfam have continued to condemn Israel over the Palestinian issue and it is beyond our comprehension as to why some members of the Board believe this project to be wise.
If you would like more information please let us know by return of email or going to our Facebook site and if you agree with our concerns please tick like and forward to others you think may be able to help.
If you don't have a Facebook account you can email us at growantitatzmiachatyahoodotcodotuk to register your support.
You can find more background in Jonathan Hoffman's article in the JC last Friday.'