‘Viva Palestina’ UK Charity Connected to Anti-Israel Activist George Galloway, Under Investigation
A UK charity created in 2009 supposedly to provide aid in the wake of the Israeli ground incursion into Gaza at the time, is being investigated by the Charity Commission after failing to file any annual reports since its inception, Jewish News reported, citing the commission.
Viva Palestina was set up by a group that included far-left British member of parliament, Bradford West MP George Galloway who is known for his anti-Israel rhetoric, and has tried to run convoys carrying supplies into the area.
Last year, according to the Israeli Intelligence and Heritage Commemoration Center (IICC), a convoy organized by Viva Palestina was denied entry to Egypt because Galloway and other activists had been involved in a violent confrontation with Egyptian security forces in January 2010, while heading a similar convoy.
A spokeswoman for the charities regulator told Jewish News: “I can confirm that the Commission currently has a statutory inquiry open into Viva Palestina, and one of the regulatory issues to be examined by this inquiry is the overdue accounts.”
According to the commission’s website, no accounts have ever been filed by Viva Palestina.