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.”