Saturday, 3 January 2009

Worthless Lloyds TSB’s Asian Jewel Award

In October 2008, Lloyds TSB instructed the Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB) to close the account of UK charity Interpal.

The letter clearly stated in no uncertain terms that:

"we do not wish you to transfer, receive, process or in any way deal with any funds, or in any way whatsoever¦ be involved with any type of banking arrangements for Interpal which either uses or involves any products or services provided by us."

Yet, the bank has been telling concerned customers that:

"We hope to reassure you about our commitment not only to our Muslim customers but to building relationships with the wider Muslim community. We can confirm that Lloyds TSB does not hold accounts for Interpal. Furthermore, we would not direct, nor would it be appropriate for us, to direct another institution on how to deal with its own customers.”

Who is threatening the IBB to close the interpal account? Little men from Mars or Lloyds TSB?

This inhumane and devious act forced British Asian millionaire, Imraan Ladak, to return the Lloyds TSB’s Asian Jewel Award he received in 2007.

He said: "I no longer trust that Lloyds TSB follow the equal opportunities and anti-racist principles the Asian Jewel Awards are based upon."

Interpal has been investigated by the Charity Commission 1996 and 2003 and was cleared on both occasions.
A number of organisations had to issue apologies after repeating the false allegations.

It is being investigated again – since 2006 and not a shread of evidence so far.

Interpal said "This is not only an attack on Interpal, a leading British charity, but on all other Muslim charities, all charities working in politically-sensitive regions, all customers of IBB and the Palestinian people, 80% of whom are completely dependent on international aid for survival."

"This comes as a result of pressures from foreign groups, which do not have the legality to interfere with either the British banking or charity sector, yet have managed to place IBB in a compromising situation. Additionally, this comes as Lloyds TSB recently benefited from a bailout of taxpayer’s money, without considering that Muslims are also among British taxpayers."

Being a Palestinian charity, it has to work in the open Gaza prison and avoiding contact with those in charge within Gaza – Hamas – is unavoidable. As such, any charity can be labelled a terrorist organisation without a shread of evidence.

Not only is the West stopping any food and material getting into Gaza, it is also preventing charities from operating within Gaza.

Any caring person would close their account with Lloyds TSB and let them know why.

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