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UK Hoping Foundation"Charity" Holds Fundraiser With Founder Karma Nabulsi Ex PLO Representative - Works With UNRWA

August 12, 2014

MIM: The Hoping Foundation is a UK based "charity" which works closely with UNRWA (an organisation notorious for their anti Israel activities and jihadist educational curriculum) and raises money for "Palestinian" children. Their slogan is "Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation". They work together with left wing anti semites and Islamists.

They recently held a star studded gala to raise funding which included people like Jemima Khan (ex wife of Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketeer turned radical Islamist politician), Elton John, Sotheby auctioneer Oliver Barker and other supporters of HF.

The founder and trustee of Hoping is Karma Nabulsi who was a PLO representative from 1978 to 1990. She is a member of several other radical "Palestinian" organisations such as The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and Badil Foundation. She is a professor of "Palestinian History" and International Relations at a Oxford university.

In an article entitled "On Being a Palestinian" she wrote:

"Do you say that that my own commitment to the moral right of the Palestians to their terrorism of resistance leads me into exaggeration?"


MIM: An account of the June 2014 fundraiser.

Starry Starry Night
Cafe de Paris

The Hoping Foundation's ‘Starry Starry Night' at London's Café de Paris on Thursday 19th June 2014 lived up to its name as Sir Elton John, Noel Gallagher, Russell Brand, Nick Grimshaw, Jools Holland, Naughty Boy, Thabo and HollySiz took to the stage to raise funds for the children of Palestine.

The charity's founders and trustees, Bella Freud and Karma Nabulsi, created yet another momentous occasion in Hoping's incredible history and were joined by an equally starry audience that included Gillian Anderson, Eva Herzigova, Danny Huston, Jemima Khan, Laura Bailey, Mary McCartney, Jake Chapman, Marc Quinn, Jameela Jamil, Sheherazade Goldsmith and Alfonso Cuaron.

Host Nick Grimshaw and Sotheby's auctioneer Oliver Barker worked the crowd to raise over £360,000 for the charity. The highlight of the night was an astonishing £80,000 bid for Unchained Melody performed by Sir Elton John accompanied by Jools Holland on piano. Jemima Khan upped the bids for boyfriend Russell Brand's existential, ingenious stand-up, and Noel Gallagher dedicated Don't Look Back in Anger to the comedian's Hollywood career. Jools Holland prompted the crowd to sing Happy Birthday to Jeremy King whose Delaunay Restaurant provided a feast of hot dogs, fries and black forest gateaux. Sir Elton John (who first performed for Hoping in 2007) touched the audience with his words of support for the charity before raising them to their feet with a standing ovation for an epic performance of Tiny Dancer.





Together with UNRWA the Hoping Foundation initiated a program in UNRWA schools in which students and teachers were given video cameras to record their hopes and aspirations for the future. The UNRWA students and teachers make no secret of their aspirations to "free Palestine" using violence and give a first hand view of the radicalism which is rampant in UNRWA schools.



In 2006 Hoping formed a special alliance with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in order to work together to highlight and raise awareness in the UK about the urgent issue of Palestinian refugee children.

This UN agency is unique in terms of its service and its contributions to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestinian refugees. Established in 1950, and originally envisaged as a temporary organisation, UNRWA has gradually adjusted its programmes to meet changing needs, and today it is the main provider of basic services - including education, health, relief and social services - to over 4.4 million Palestinian refugees that are registered with UNRWA and live in the countries where UNRWA's mandate extends (Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Terrirtories, Jordan and Syria).

UNRWA Yearbook, Hopes and Dreams

Friday 20th November 2009 saw the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. But 20 years on, what difference has it made in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Palestine refugee children?

To mark the anniversary, Hoping, in partnership with the UN's Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) unveiled a project in which Palestine refugee school leavers across the Middle East took part in the creation of the region's first ever online video yearbook. This project captures their hopes and dreams and creates an online community, previously divided and scattered by decades of statelessness and exile. You can find out more about this initiative under the Projects page.

UNRWA Summer Games

With few recreational facilities and no school, the summer months can be a frustrating time for Gaza's youth. In an effort to alleviate this, UNRWA started the Summer Games in 2007, providing educational and entertaining activities for almost 200,000 children for over 10 weeks.

For a number of years, as part of these Summer Games, Hoping sponsored excursions to Gaza's first archaeological museum where children have the opportunity to learn about Gaza's rich cultural past.

UNRWA at Cannes

At the 62nd Cannes Film Festival in 2009, Hoping sponsored the screening of a short one minute film in support of UNRWA's work in Gaza during the recent bombardment there. To watch the film search 'Cannes Film Festival' on the projects page.


In 2008 Hoping invited John Barnes, legendary Liverpool and England footballer, to Gaza Strip to be the special guest at the closing ceremony of the UNRWA Summer Games. John joined over 11,000 young people in the Palestine Stadium in Gaza City, where he played a mini football match with two teams of children, danced the traditional Palestinian dabke with a group of boys and his son Jamie, and watched the celebrations at the Games' closing ceremony.

Barnes gave an inspirational speech to the children of Gaza attending the event. "All you need, all anyone needs, is an opportunity to show what you can do," he said. "If I use football as an example," he added; "you can look at the greatest players in the world, Pele, Diego Maradona, Zinedine Zidane, they were just like you, growing up in an area with a field and a ball. But they had the right beliefs and the right desires. So regardless of your circumstances, wherever you happen to be, you keep that in your heart; that desire, that belief, that dedication and that discipline - and you can achieve anything you choose!"

In 2007 Hoping organised a trip to occupied Palestine with British film director, Stephen Frears, visiting HOPING activities in Balata and Qalandia refugee camps as well as UNRWA officials and facilities. The delegation met UN humanitarian officers that work in the occupied Palestinian territories, as well as Palestinian filmmakers and artists.

"Until I saw it with my own eyes, I did not fully understand what occupation meant. Going to Palestine changed my life. I was so shocked by what I saw and so impressed by the children I met in Balata camp, who somehow, against all adversity, remained positive and hopeful about the future" - Stephen Frears

We believe that providing an opportunity for people to see for themselves the daily reality, and witness at first hand the obstacles impeding everyday life under military occupation, is the most useful and direct means for them to learn more about the situation.
The Hoping for UNRWA committee has organised a number of events to raise awareness in the UK about UNRWA's work with Palestinian refugee youth. In 2007, a dinner was hosted by Jemima Khan for Karen Koning AbuZayad, then Commissioner General of UNRWA. In 2009 a lunch was held in London for John Ging, UNRWA's Director of Gaza Field.


Trustees Bella Freud Karma Nabulsi James Fox Sudhir Hazareesingh
Registered Charity Number: 1121024 Registered Company Number: 5982629 http://hopingfoundation.org/page/view/unrwa#/page/view/contact


Trustees Visit
Occupied Palestinian Territories

In September 2003, soon after the launch of the Hoping Foundation, Jemima Khan joined Hoping Trustees Bella Freud and Harriet Vyner on a trip to Lebanon, Jordan, and the West Bank. Facilitated by UNRWA, they visited local associations in the refugee camps that are running children's projects as well as UNRWA schools.

The establishment of the foundation, as well as the trustees' trip to the region, was written about by Independent columnist Deborah Orr, who accompanied the Hoping delegation.



Bio of Karma Nabulsi:


Born in the US in 1957; was educated in Beirut, New York, Rabat, the UK, and Paris; was a PLO representative from 1977-90 serving at the UN, Beirut, Tunis, and the UK; founding member of the Palestinian Women's Union, UK Branch, in 1987; was advisory member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid and subsequent Washington talks between 1991-93; studied Politics at Balliol College, Oxford, and received an MPhil in 1992 and a DPhil in 1996; was a Prize Research Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, Oxford University from 1998-2005; served as Specialist Advisor to the UK All Party Parliamentary Commission of Enquiry on Palestinian Refugees (and its ‘Right of Return' report in 2000) from 1999-2005, and to the House of Commons Select Committee's Enquiry on Development Assistance and the OPT from 2004-2005 and its report on Donor Assistance (2005); led the British Academy-funded research project "Republicans without Republics: National and International Networks in the Construction of State in 19 th Century Europe" from 2000-2003; currently fellow in Politics and Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program at the St. Edmund Hall, Oxford; University lecturer and Director of Graduate Research at the Dept. of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University; also directs an EU-funded collective research project at Nuffield on "Foundations for Participation: Civic Structures in Palestinian Refugee Camps and Exile Communities" (the proceedings of which will be published in 2006); also serves as Patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, as advisor for the Badil Center Legal Unit (and member of its expert forum), Bethlehem, and of Arab Media Watch, UK; Chair of Trustees of the London-based Hoping Foundation (which supports grassroots organizations working with Palestinian youth in refugee camps); member of the Chatham House Middle East Roundtable 1988-2005, has written numerous articles and chapters and is author of Traditions of War: Occupation, Resistance and the Law (Oxford University Press, 1999)

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