The Jewish Chronicle is paying Interpal after it linked the non-profit charity to terrorism. Earlier this year, the Daily Mail similarly apologized to Interpal for claiming it was a terrorist organization that funded a “hate festival” play.
The Chronicle’s apology reads:
“In an article dated 21 March 2019 (“Corbyn spoke at conference calling for release of terrorists, attended by ‘blood libel’ cleric Salah”) we referred to the charity Interpal, which supports Palestinians in need, as having been listed by the United States as a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist Organisation” in 2003. We wish to make clear that Interpal and its Trustees have always strongly contested the US designation, and Interpal continues to operate fully lawfully under the aegis of the Charity Commission. We accept that neither Interpal, nor its Trustees, have ever been involved with or provided support for terrorist activity of any kind. We apologise unreservedly to the Trustees for any distress caused and have agreed to pay them damages for libel.
“Our article also suggested that Ibrahim Hewitt, one of the Trustees and the Chairman of Interpal, has expressed extremist views concerning punishments for adulterers and gay people. In fact, the views attributed to Mr Hewitt arise out of a book he wrote some 25 years ago regarding the interpretation of the Koran. Mr Hewitt has asked us to make clear that he does not condone discrimination in any form, including against gay people or adulterers, and we are happy to do so. “
iMediaEthics has written to Interpal’s lawyers and the Chronicle.
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