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UK Iranian Influence Organization Starts Crowdfunding Campaign for Israeli Asylum Seeker

October 19th, 2021 13:50

A UK-based Iran­ian influ­ence orga­ni­za­tion has start­ed a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to pro­vide legal aid to an Israeli asy­lum seek­er, whose case, they say, could set a legal prece­dent for Jew­ish Israelis refus­ing con­scrip­tion. The Islam­ic Human Rights Com­mis­sion release refers to Israel as an “apartheid state”:

Sep­tem­ber 6, 2021: IHRC has launched a crowd­fund­ing appeal to fight a poten­tial­ly ground­break­ing legal appeal that could pave the way for refusenik Israelis and Pales­tini­ans liv­ing in Israel to claim asy­lum in the UK. The Jew­ish rab­bini­cal stu­dent, whose name is being with­held for his per­son­al safe­ty, Israel after being detained and beat­en by Israeli author­ites on sev­er­al occa­sions for vocal­ly sup­port­ing Pales­tin­ian rights and opps­ing Zion­ism and Israeli apartheid poli­cies. How­ev­er, The UK Home Office reject­ed his asy­lum claim and he has appealed the deci­sion to an inde­pen­dent Tri­bunal. He fears that should he return to Israel, he will be per­se­cut­ed like oth­er anti-Zion­ists and also be con­script­ed into Israel’s armed forces and made com­plic­it in war crimes and crimes against human­i­ty. IHRC believes the case has the poten­tial to set a sig­nif­i­cant legal prece­dent, not only for Jew­ish Israelis resist­ing con­scrip­tion, but for Pales­tini­ans oppressed by Israel’s apartheid regime.

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The Islam­ic Human Rights Com­mis­sion (IHRC) is a UK-based NGO found­ed in 1997. Since 2007, it has had Spe­cial Con­sul­ta­tive Sta­tus with the Eco­nom­ic and Social Coun­cil (ECOSOC) of the Unit­ed Nations.  Its web­site says it works with dif­fer­ent orga­ni­za­tions from Mus­lim and non-Mus­lim back­grounds “to cam­paign for jus­tice for all peo­ples regard­less of their racial, con­fes­sion­al, or polit­i­cal back­ground.” The IHRC has been sup­port­ive of the Iran­ian regime, and for many years has been cen­tral to orga­niz­ing the events of the annu­al Inter­na­tion­al Quds Day, which the Anti-Defama­tion League has linked to “hor­rif­ic pro­pa­gan­da call­ing for the destruc­tion of the State of Israel, as well as mes­sages of sup­port for ter­ror­ist orga­ni­za­tions and a del­uge of anti­se­mit­ic hate speech.”