Oxfam was founded in 1942 to provide humanitarian aid around the world but it has also become a powerful political force, and the opinions (and prejudices) of its leaders are often more influential than those of many elected officials.
This is particularly true in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Oxfam’s highly biased agenda is continuing to contribute to the conflict.
In each case, Oxfam pointedly erases the thousands of missiles and massive terror tunnels that have been Gaza’s prime industries, while falsely portraying the limitations imposed by Israel as arbitrary measures that impose “misery on Palestinians in Gaza.”
Oxfam has also “determined” that Israel is conducting “disproportionate attacks” and “collective punishment” in Gaza, and joined Amnesty International and other groups in calling for an embargo on the sale of defence technology to Israel.
Oxfam’s brand name allows it to promote this skewed agenda. Journalists, Ministers, MPs and other political leaders, as well the wider public accept its claims at face value, and this contributes to the fundraising that expands the radius of influence.
Most importantly, Oxfam avoids all responsibility and accountability when its activities inflame the violence and hatred.
As a result, millions of Israelis are paying the price for Oxfam’s entirely misplaced “humanitarian” agenda.
Oxfam, including its board members and donors, should initiate a long-overdue evaluation of its own failings and contributions to conflict. As an organisation purporting to deliver aid in conflict zones and promote human rights, it has a clear, moral obligation to go beyond the simplistic slogans, platitudes and slick campaigns, and examine the implications of its activities.