Charity Commission quizzes War on Want over anti-Israel campaigns


The Charity Commission has said it is not formally investigating War on Want after a complaint about the charity’s anti-Israel campaigns.

But the JC understands that the anti-poverty group has been asked to provide information to the commission about its campaigns in Gaza and the Palestinian territories.

A commission spokesman said: “The Charity Commission is not formally investigating the charity War on Want.

“However we have said that there are regulatory issues that the commission needs to explore further with the charity.”

The commission acted after a complaint from Jewish Human Rights Watch in July.

John Hilary, War on Want executive director, confirmed that the charity had been asked for further information.

“We have received a letter from the Charity Commission saying that they have received this complaint from the so-called Jewish Human Rights Watch,” he said.

“We have been asked questions by the commission relating to this complaint.”

In a statement issued on Wednesday, a JHRW spokesman claimed War on Want was being investigated.

The statement said: “Our complaint to the commission in July pointed out that for too long War on Want has demonstrated a troubling obsession with protesting against the Jewish state instead of attending to its ostensible charitable goal of fighting poverty.”

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