Interpal’s income has plummeted and it will now concentrate on advocacy rather than fundraising, according to its 2020 annual report and accounts, which have just been published by the Charity Commission.
In Interpal’s 2019 annual report, the auditors stated that there was material uncertainty about whether Interpal could continue as a going concern. This uncertainty continues, and the 2020 report says: “The trustees consider the loss of access to banking facilities in May 2020 to be the key material uncertainty that may affect the Trust’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
Interpal’s loss of banking facilities followed letters from UK Lawyers for Israel (UKLFI) to banks and other financial service providers, drawing their attention to Interpal’s designation as a terrorist organisation in the USA and other countries, and the consequences that might ensue under US law if they continued to provide their services to Interpal.
Interpal has apparently given up fundraising, and no longer has a “Donate” page on its website. It suggests that supporters donate essential supplies, volunteer or advocate for Palestine.
Interpal’s income reduced from £6.2 million in 2019 to £2.55 million in 2020. In 2018 Interpal’s income was £7.04 million. In their report, the trustees commented that the fall in income “can be attributed to the loss of banking facilities in May 2020 and the impact of the Covid 19 Pandemic.”
According to its website “Interpal was established in 1994 to empower Palestinians facing poverty and hardship across the West Bank, Gaza Strip and the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon.” Interpal is designated as a terrorist organisation in the USA, Canada, Australia and Israel, but is registered as a charity in England and Wales. Interpal denies support for terrorism.
Interpal’s trustees describe their future plans as follows:
“Continue and strengthen advocacy and awareness raising work to support Palestinian human rights.
Provide expertise and capacity building support to other organisations working to provide humanitarian aid for Palestinians in need.
Continue to challenge the actions of the anti-Palestinian lobby and help improve the environment for Palestine focused organisations.”