Christian Aid has apologised “unreservedly” after it claimed Israeli settlers had sexually abused Palestinian children in Hebron.
The false allegations came after Miranda Pinch, a social worker from Winchester, had travelled to the West Bank town in January to “monitor human rights abuses” as part of an accompaniment programme part-funded by the charity.
The 59-year-old, who converted from Judaism to Christianity, returned from the trip and told Christian Aid that a Palestinian headmistress had made allegations of verbal abuse.
I was shocked to see that you had called me “a bit of an Islamophobe” on the Iranian state TV channel Press TV in an interview with Andrew Gilligan. There is no evidence for your claim, which is highly defamatory, deeply upsetting and potentially dangerous.
Businessman and philanthropist Lord Wolfson, founder trustee of the Wolfson Foundation, has died aged 82.
During his lifetime, the Wolfson Foundation donated more than £1 billion for academic projects, equipment, and studies at hospitals and universities in arts, science and health. Israeli universities benefited greatly from the foundation, including projects at the Technion Institute in Haifa and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where the Wolfson Foundation supported the Wolfson Centre for Applied Structural Biology.
Former Hendon Labour MP Andrew Dismore is agonising over whether or not he can afford to mount a legal challenge to the General Election result that cost him his seat by just 106 votes.
Mr Dismore held a lengthy meeting with his legal representatives on Friday evening and said afterwards: “I would like to mount a challenge. The advice I have been given is that I have a good case if you put together all the things that went wrong with the election. But it is a very costly business.