Tony Blair’s relative speaks at Interpal event

April 8, 2011

Lauren Booth, the half-sister for former British prime minister Tony Blair’s wife, has visited Interpal, a notorious Union of Good charity.  The Union of Good raises money for Hamas, and Ms. Booth spoke at an Interpal fundraising event.  (Prior Interpal coverage is available here and here.)  No safeguards to ensure that the money is used legally without aiding Hamas are mentioned.  Hat tip to TGMBDR for highlighting this Humanitarian Voice article from Mar. 28:

Journalist Lauren Booth visited Bradford last weekend to speak at a fund-raiser for medical aid for Gaza.

The programme was organised by the Bradford office of Interpal, a British charity working to provide humanitarian aid and development support for Palestinians. Interpal works in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.

The fund-raiser at which Ms. Booth spoke about her path to Islam, which started during her visit to Gaza in 2008 on one of the Free Gaza boats, was held at Panshee restaurant, off Leeds Road.

A packed venue ensured that £32,000 was pledged on the night to help buy much-needed medical equipment and supplies for the besieged Gaza Strip.

The Panshee event was part of a month-long series of fund-raising, including street collections at The Bazaar and The Range.

Further afield, Interpal’s Bradford team also held collections in Dewsbury and Middlesbrough with another due to be held in Leeds next weekend.

Bradford-based fund-raiser Ibrahim Dar called the event a “fantastic success” and added, “We’d like to thank the people of Bradford for their incredible support for our work with Palestinians in desperate need.”

Students at the University of Bradford helped to boost the funds with their own efforts. The University’s Islamic Society and United 4 Palestine Society had stalls, workshops and talks by Interpal representatives from the 28th February to 11th March and raised £800.

Other speakers at the Panshee dinner included Interpal chairman Ibrahim Hewitt, the charity’s Manchester branch manager Majdi Aqil and rap artist and community activist Muslim Bilal from London.

Cash pledges were boosted by an auction conducted by Ibrahim Dar, supported ably by his colleague from Birmingham, Shihab Almahdawi.

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