Christian Humanitarian Group Staffer Told Guilty Verdict Likely Over Alleged Hamas Funding

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ABC News: An Israeli judge has told a World Vision employee charged with giving millions of dollars to Hamas that he has “little chance” of being found not guilty.

In the Beersheba District Court, Judge Nasser Abu Taha held a mediation session on Tuesday between the lawyers of Mohammad El Halabi and the Israeli prosecution.

Last August El Halabi was arrested and charged with passing millions of dollars to the Palestinian hardline militant group Hamas. more …

Opinion: World Vision classifies itself as an Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization. It was founded in 1950 by Robert Pierce as a service organization to meet the emergency needs of missionaries.

A look at the World Vision website immediately shows the organization as dealing with the impact of violence on children in the Middle East.

On August 16, 2016 a scandal broke about World Vision (here):

The manager of the Gaza branch of World Vision has been arrested by Israeli law enforcement and charged with funneling about $43 million to the Islamist militant group Hamas. The manager, Mohammad El Halabi, is also accused of having specifically infiltrated World Vision for the purpose of reaching an influential position from which he could provide funds and resources for Hamas militants.

Our opinion post from August 23, 2016 (here) “Hamas Set To Take Victory in Gaza Cities” (here) showed that the money scandal along with Iranian cash had allegedly grown to more than 70 million.

Flush with $70 million, Hamas was ready for a war. In the summer of 2014, Hamas began a rocket assault that eventually added up to over 2500 short and medium range rockets fired into civilian locations in southern Israel.

Israel appropriately named the response attack Operation Protective Edge. During and after the war, World Vision joined the Obama/Kerry chorus of calling for an end to the hostilities, drawing moral equivalence between the two sides.

World Vision’s statement virtually ignored the fact that Hamas started the war and kept the conflict going more than 6 weeks:

“World Vision then calls on “All parties to the conflict” to “respect and ensure the protection of children and uphold children’s rights by immediately ceasing all violence, exploitation and abuse against children.”

There would have been no conflict if not for Hamas’ constant war against Israel as clearly spelled out in its charter:

“Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.” 

World Vision rarely misses an opportunity to blame Israel for the suffering it confronts and continues to stand behind El Halabi, saying he is a trusted employee and they have also found no evidence yet of the diversion of World Vision funds.

“We continue to do all we can to support Mohammad in this process, supporting his right to be considered innocent until any evidence is provided to suggest otherwise,” World Vision regional manager Conny Lenneberg said.

World Vision consistently calls Judea and Samaria occupied territory.

(Thanks to Vason for sending this in)