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Interpal is a registered British Muslim charity set up in 1994 that raises funds for humanitarian aid, community development, education and health work for the poor and needy in Gaza and the West Bank, and in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. In early 1996 Interpal became the butt of an Israeli misinformation campaign. The Charity Commissioners froze its bank accounts, but following a two-month probe, these were unfrozen. This episode naturally interrupted its work and traduced a hard-earned reputation.
Who would have prompted the Charity Commissioners to act in this way? All the
evidence suggests that the British security services had placed undue importance
to information provided by Israeli sources.
The UK-based Muslim newspaper ‘The Muslim News’ in March 1998 reported that “even though the British government claims that it has not allowed Mossad operations in London since 1987, they were given a green light during the Hizb ut-Tahrir conference in London in August 1994. Then, Mossad agents mingled with the young Muslims during the conference taking photographs persumably for future operations. “