The leader of Britain's largest Muslim charity resigns after calling the grandchildren of the Jews of monkeys and pigs Jews and calling the Egyptian president "anti-Semitic Facebook posts" as a "Zionist pimp"
- Heshmat Khalifa said Jews are "grandchildren of monkeys and pigs" on Facebook
- Mr. Khalifa described the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi as a "Zionist pimp".
- After being confronted with the Facebook posts, he apologized and resigned
- Posts were written between 2013 and 2015, but came to light last night
The leader of Britain's largest Muslim charity has quit after posting anti-Semitic posts on social media.
Heshmat Khalifa, former trustee and director of Islamic Relief Worldwide, said the Jews were "grandchildren of monkeys and pigs".
Mr. Khalifa also described Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on his Facebook page as a "Zionist pimp," as The Times reports.
And he called the Muslim President, who ousted President Morsi in July 2013, a "pimp son of the Jews" and a "Zionist criminal".
His Arabic-language page included other contributions that promoted the work of the charity with 100 offices in 40 countries worldwide. His Facebook page has now been removed.
Heshmat Khalifa meets the Princess Royal at an event. He has now resigned from Islamic Aid
A picture showing President el-Sisi from one of Mr. Khalifa's anti-Semitic Facebook posts
The 63-year-old has been with the charity since 1999 and has held a number of leadership roles within the organization, which has generated £ 570 million in annual income over the past five years.
Islamic Relief is one of the largest Muslim charities in the world. Their website states that their mission is "to enable people to respond quickly to disasters and to fight poverty through our Islamic values, expertise and global reach".
The charity is currently making a number of high-profile appeals for funds to help those affected by the conflicts in Syria and Yemen and the ongoing problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Khalifa, who until recently chaired Islamic Relief Australia, also used social media to describe Hamas as "the purest resistance movement in modern history".
The Charity Commission has now opened a compliance case for Islamic Relief.
Mr. Khalifa (right), who was until recently chair of Islamic Relief Australia, also used social media to describe Hamas as "the purest resistance movement in modern history".
Mr. Khalifa resigned after facing the Times posts. He regretted posting the posts on social media and regretted his actions.
He said: “I had no intention of offending the Jewish community and I have no anti-Semitic views.
"I have devoted much of my life's work to promoting tolerance and freedom of religion and belief."
Islamic Relief informed the newspaper that the Facebook posts published between 2013 and 2015 "violated the values and principles of Islamic Relief Worldwide".
The organization added: & # 39; Heshmat Khalifa has resigned from the Islamic Relief Worldwide Board of Trustees with immediate effect.
& # 39; He will also not play any other role in other Islamic aid organizations.
"We reject and condemn terrorism and believe that all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism, are unacceptable."
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