Date: 24 July 2020
Statement from Islamic Relief Australia
Heshmat Khalifa submitted his resignation to the Board of Islamic Relief Australia on July 16 and our Board swiftly convened an emergency board meeting and accepted his resignation. He will play no further part in the oversight of Islamic Relief Australia or in its work.
We are sorry to say that posts in Arabic on Mr Khalifa’s personal social media account in 2014 and 2015, which Islamic Relief Australia was made aware of on 16 July 2020, contravene our values and principles and those of the entire Islamic Relief family globally. We sincerely regret any offence caused.
For his part, Mr Khalifa – who joined the board of IR Australia in 2010 – has acknowledged that these posts were unacceptable, and has apologised for falling short of the strict standards of behaviour expected by Islamic Relief Australia’s Code of Conduct.
Islamic Relief Australia and Islamic Relief Worldwide are purely humanitarian organisations 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 organisations, our donors and the people we serve