Member of UK Parliament's International Development Committee says British government should 'end relationship' with anti-Semite aid recipients

Pauline Latham, a member of the Department for International Development's Select Committee has responded to The Commentator's article from this week

by The Commentator on 13 February 2013 14:25


Earlier this week, we brought you the story that British taxpayer money has been spent on shoring up the accounts of the Ma'an Network, an Arab outlet that seeks to report independently of influence in the Palestinian territories.

Following a £2.1m donation to the media network, it has transpired that the organisation is publishing anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying articles. A British Member of Parliament and Member of the Select Committee for Internationa Development has told The Commentator exclusively that after further investigation, the British government should cease business with the Ma'an Network.

Pauline Latham, Member of Parliament for Mid Derbyshire said: "DfID need to be able to ascertain how exactly UKaid partners are spending our aid donations. These examples of Holocaust denial and anti-Semitic vitriol from the Ma’an Network – a UKaid partner – will do nothing to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians and the British government should certainly not be funding this sort of incitement. I hope that after further investigation, the DfID will see fit to end its partnership with the Ma’an network."

The network still uses the British "UKAID" logo on its website, though the previous agreement with the British government is said to have drawn to a close in 2011 after a three-year collaboration. 

The Department for International Development will now come under increasing pressure to stop Ma'an from using its logo, and to strike them off the list for any future donations.

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