Zaher Birawi (also al Birawi) is a member of both the GMJ International Executive Committee and its International Central Committee. Birawi is the official spokesman for the ‘Global March on Jerusalem’ and TV producer for Asira Productions. He is also spokesman /media officer for the Palestinian Forum in Britain (PFB) headed by Hafiz al Karmi. The PFB states that it maintains the principle that “Palestine with its historic borders is an Arab Islamic land”.
The PFB is involved in fundraising for the Manchester-based ‘Human Appeal International’ (HAI) – a registered charity in England & Wales proscribed by Israel due to its links to the ‘Union of Good’ headed by Yusuf Qaradawi. Human Appeal International was also directly named (along with Interpal) in the case of a Hamas activist tried for having been involved in fundraising for suicide bombings inside Israel. HAI is linked to the Muslim Association of Britain and partners for fundraising purposes with another registered charity entitled ‘Syria Relief’.
The Palestinian Forum in Britain is also part of the coalition of organisations including Ismail Patel’s ‘Friends of Al Aqsa’, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Stop the War Coalition and the BMI which came together to form the flotilla supporting and enabling ‘Britain 2 Gaza’ forum. The PFB also collaborates with many of the same organisations and additional ones on other anti-Israel projects.
In addition, Birawi is a trustee of the registered charity ‘Education Aid for Palestinians’ – also part of the ‘Union of Good’ – and acted as head of programming for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Al Hiwar TV established by Azam Tamimi. He has also acted as spokesman for George Galloway’s ‘Viva Palestina’ convoys.
Birawi is most well-known, however, for his activities as a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood-linked ‘Palestinian Return Centre’ (PRC) in London – an organization also banned in Israel due to its Hamas affiliations. Prominent PRC figures are connected to Hamas and to the Muslim Brotherhood established ‘European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza’ (ECESG -which shares PRC office space), Interpal, MEMO and the MCB.
Here is Birawi sitting on Ismail Haniyeh’s right at a function in Gaza. Also in the photograph are Kevin Ovenden (to Birawi’s right), Hamas Shura council member Mahmoud al Zahar and – on the far right – one of the Mavi Marmara participants.
Below we see Birawi (second from the left) at a classic red-green alliance event in Downing Street last September together with Sarah Colborne of the PSC, Mohammed Sawalha, Lindsey German of the StWC, trade unionist Hugh Lanning, MP Andy Slaughter, former MP Martin Linton and member of the House of Lords and PSC & ECESG patron Jenny Tonge.
In his role as GMJ spokesman, Birawi issued a statement on February 28th 2012 in which he said that:
“spearheaded and supported by 150 international figures, the march would besiege Israel and its embassies over the world”.