Following the publication of Heshmat Khalifa’s social media posts in today’s media, Islamic Relief reiterates its strong condemnation of the offensive views expressed within them. These have no place in our organisation. We are appalled by the hateful comments he made and unreservedly condemn all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism.
We are fully committed to reviewing our processes for screening trustees and senior executives’ social media posts to ensure that this will not happen again.
Wednesday July 22, 2020
Heshmat Khalifa has resigned from the Board of Trustees of Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) with immediate effect. He will also play no further part in any other Islamic Relief boards.
We are sorry to say that posts on Mr Khalifa’s personal social media account in 2014 and 2015, which IRW was first made aware of on July 16, 2020, contravene the values and principles of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Islamic Relief Worldwide sincerely regrets any offence caused.
For his part, Mr Khalifa has acknowledged that these posts were unacceptable, and has apologised for falling short of the strict standards expected by our Code of Conduct.
Islamic Relief Worldwide is a purely humanitarian organisation with no political affiliations. We work to uphold the highest humanitarian standards of neutrality, impartiality and independence, assisting people of all faiths and none, without discrimination by race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
We reject and condemn terrorism and believe that all forms of discrimination – including anti-Semitism – are unacceptable. These values are fundamental to our organisation, our donors and the people we serve.