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Statement issued by Ummah Welfare Trust, Bolton

As the attacks intensify in Gaza and innocent people continue to be killed, HSBC Bank has issued a two-month notice to Ummah Welfare Trust to close down its accounts.

This is similar to what Barclays did to Ummah Welfare Trust during the previous Gaza war in 2008. A notice then was also served for the charity to close its accounts.

Ummah Welfare Trust reassures supporters that, in response, the charity will increase its support to the orphans, widows and injured civilians in Gaza through its other bank accounts.

Ummah Welfare Trust appeals to all people of conscience; and those who champion Human Rights, International Law and Justice; to support the charity by the following means:

1. Write to HSBC bank asking them to resume business with Ummah Welfare Trust by emailing managingdirectoruk@hsbc.com; phoning 08456 040 626 or 08457 60 60 60; or tweeting them at @HSBCUKBusiness.

2. Inform your contacts worldwide that if HSBC denies services to Ummah Welfare Trust then consider boycotting HSBC.

3. Continue donating to the charity at www.uwt.org to increase our aid to the Palestinians.

4. If HSBC persists on punishing a charity for working in Gaza then we request you make a moral and ethical decision by taking your business to other banks.  For full statement click here.