DO WAR ON WANT’S DONORS BACK IT ON IS­RAEL?

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

The Char­ity Com­mis­sion­ers have sup­ported the right of War on Want to be in­volved in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties, no­tably at­tack­ing Is­rael ( JC, May 16). I dare­say I share with many Jews a sense of dis­ap­point­ment, but not sur­prise.

I am at present writ­ing to the char­ity com­mis­sion­ers ask­ing about War On Want’s fund­ing for its cam­paign, which will no doubt be an ex­pen­sive busi­ness. Does War On Want have a spe­cial bud­get for this pur­pose? Or is a pro­por­tion of those funds be­ing di­verted from their gen­eral fund with­out the knowl­edge of the donors for this long-stand­ing cam­paign?

My ques­tion there­fore to the char­ity com­mis­sion­ers is whether it is right and proper that the donors be in­formed, so as to give them an in­formed choice whether or not to do­nate to War on Want — or to a sim­i­lar char­ity that passes on its en­tire do­na­tions for purely char­i­ta­ble works to re­lieve poverty and dis­tress, not just to the Pales­tini­ans, but to all suf­fer­ing and in need? Barry Kaye Coun­ter­point bar­ry_kaye39@hot­mail.com

So the Char­ity Com­mis­sion is giv­ing the green light for po­lit­i­cal in­volve­ment of anti-Is­rael char­i­ties. Surely the time has come to call for a ju­di­cial re­view of the way the com­mis­sion­ers act. Ge­of­frey Gil­bert Grove End Road NW8

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