While Hillary Clinton was lying, saying that the FBI’s “Security Review” exonerated her and while Donald Trump was picking a fight with the Muslim family of a fallen U.S. soldier, you may have missed this important story.
World Vision, though having a long history of being anti-Israel, is the largest evangelical humanitarian aid organization with offices in 100 countries and a billion dollar annual budget. However, it appears they can now boast the title of “Sponsor of Terrorism.” Well, maybe not knowingly.
Their man in Gaza, Mohammad El Halabi, has been siphoning off millions to support—not starving children or hurting widows, but the terrorist group Hamas!
“According to Israel’s Shin Bet security service, El Halabi diverted around $7.2 million of World Vision money to Hamas each year. That is the equivalent of 60 percent of the charity’s total annual funding for Gaza.” (NBC News)
Israel’s Shin Bet (FBI) says that 40% of the funds—around $1.5 million—that were designated to civilian projects, were given to Hamas combat units in cash. But don’t worry, Mohammad El Halabi’s World Vision appointed lawyer spoke to him.
“He told me he never, ever transferred any money to Hamas and he has never been a Hamas member,” [lawyer] Muhamad Mahmud said. (NBC News)
Israel arrested him on June 15 and his detention has been extended until August 2, which was several days ago. We assume he is still in custody.
Not surprisingly World Vision is standing by their man.
“World Vision stands by Mohammad who is a widely respected and well-regarded humanitarian, field manager and trusted colleague of over a decade. He has displayed compassionate leadership on behalf of the children and communities of Gaza through difficult and challenging times, and has always worked diligently and professionally in fulfilling his duties.”
Well yeah, if you are going to pose as a humanitarian in order to funnel funds to terrorists to build tunnels, pay their salaries and fund other nefarious operations, you are not going to wear your suicide belt to work. The whole point of a con is convincing the people giving you millions that you are a great guy—everyone loves Mohamed!
But it doesn’t seem that World Vision properly vetted their Gaza Chief as he was an active member of Hamas just a year before he was hired.
The facts included in the indictment describe El Halabi as having a master’s degree in engineering. A member of Hamas since 1995, in 2004 he joined the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas. In 2005 he was hired by World Vision to carry out administrative assignments at the charity’s Gaza branch. (Jewish Press)
I guess he lied to his lawyer when he said he had never been a member of Hamas.
Outlined in the article from the Jewish Press are facts that should give pause to anyone supporting World Vision. Some of the Hamas terror tunnels are covered by plastic sheets with the World Vision logo! Imagine that—a group committed to helping the downtrodden, was being used for acts of destruction and terror.
World Vision has demonstrated a passion to delegitimize Israel. For years the organization has spoken against Israel. Just last year Steve Haas, the World Vision vice president, accused Israel of apartheid, failing to realize that Israel’s Arabs, unlike those in Saudi Arabia or Syria, have freedom of speech, can vote and enjoy all the rights of other Israeli citizens.
I believe that the major dividing issue in the Church in the last days will be over the state of Israel. When Christian organizations defend an employee giving millions to terrorists, and condemn the only true democracy in the Middle East—not to mention, “the apple of [God’s] eye,” their is a huge problem! Yes, God said whoever touches Israel, touches the apple of his eye. (Zech. 2:8)
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