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Palestinian/ Israeli update 8/05 /2016..World Vision rejects Israeli claim funds went to Hamas

Friday, August 5, 2016 19:25
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The Christian relief, development and advocacy organization World Vision says it is “shocked” by Israeli charges that its Gaza director funnelled tens of millions of dollars to the military wing of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas.

“Based on the information available to us at this time, we have no reason to believe that the allegations are true,” World Vision said in a statement on Thursday.

The allegations come amid an ongoing Israeli campaign against nongovernmental organizations.

The charity confirmed that on 15 June its Gaza operations director Mohammad El Halabi “was arrested on his way home from routine meetings.”

On 4 August, “after 50 days in Israeli state detention, Mohammad was charged with providing support to Hamas,” it added.

Founded in 1950, World Vision has worked with Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since 1975.

In recent months the group says it has carried out extensive work in Gaza, including rehabilitating large tracts of agricultural land, building greenhouses, irrigation and water wells and providing equipment to hundreds of fishermen whose livelihoods have been severely disrupted by constant Israeli military harassment and attacks.

Shin Bet accusations

The Tel Aviv newspaper Haaretz reported that Halabi was detained by Israeli forces as he attempted to return to Gaza through the Erez crossing from present-day Israel.

According to Haaretz, Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency has accused Halabi of funneling “tens of millions of dollars” of World Vision resources to Hamas, “some of it to fund digging military-related tunnels and to purchase weapons.” Citing Shin Bet, The New York Times put the figure at $43 million allegedly funneled to Hamas in just six years.

Israel has not explained how such astonishing sums could have gone missing without the charity noticing, especially in Gaza where relatively small sums of development money could have a potentially massive impact.

Shin Bet claims that $80,000 contributed by UK donors for needy families and to support civilian projects “were used to build a Hamas position in the Gaza town of Beit Hanoun, to pay Hamas activists’ salaries and bonuses [for] members who had fought against Israel in the 2014 war,” Haaretz said.

Halabi’s attorney Muhammad Mahmoud told the newspaper that his client denies any ties to Hamas and that the fact the investigation took more than 50 days indicates a “problem” with the evidence.

Shin Bet has routinely used torture in interrogations of Palestinians.

World Vision said in its statement that it has “detailed procedures and control mechanisms in place to ensure that the funds entrusted to us are spent in accordance with applicable legal requirements and in ways that do not fuel conflict but rather contribute to peace.”

Halabi’s lawyer told Haaretz that some allegations appeared to be linked to an incident allegedly in which “armed Hamas members came in two commercial vehicles with a machine gun mounted on it and under threat they took what they wanted” from World Vision stores.

“We will study the file and its evidence some more but I think this file started off very inflated and the balloon has since been deflated,” the lawyer added…read more here…The Electronic Intifada


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  • Its was Jewish land long before your lieing Palestinians started teaching blatant lies in schools and teach 5yrolds how to Stab,Shoot and bomb Jews and nChristians.Nice people you are defending.Israel is a democracy who treat israeli arabs far better than HAMAS treat them.Stop spreading the lies for it is an ancient Evil that has your spirit blinded by Islamic propaganda.Buldoze Alaqa Mosque and ReBuild Elohims Temple.YAHWEH, the OInly living God.Not like allah the moon demon or mohammad the murdering pedophile.Palestinians creep into bedrooms and slaughter sleeping children and pregnant mothers.That is the EVIL YOU ARE DEFE$NDING when you lie about our Jewish Brothers and sisiters.Long LIVE the Nationj of ISRAEL surrounde4d by a mass of Basrbaric anti christ Heathens with over 150,000 rockets aimed at the Jewish people.That’s what the righteous donations to World Vision was spent on by Palestine!! Wake Up You LKeftwing lunatics!! The Barbarians always eat the dupes in the end.They don’t care if you wave a flag saying boycott israel.You too are a Kaffir like the rest of us non muslims.

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