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Mohammad El Halabi

On Wednesday, Christian Today reported that Mohammad El Halabi, an employee of World Vision (WV), the world’s largest evangelical Christian charity, had been detained on June 15 at the Erez crossing “on his way home from routine meetings” and was being held “without access to legal counsel or family visits,” which is normal fare in Israel with regards to security prisoners.

Last Friday, when El Halabi’s detention had been extended until August Tuesday, Aug. 2, WV’s eastern Jerusalem office released a statement saying, “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.”

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It should be interesting to see the charity’s response to the charges submitted against El Halabi by the Southern District Prosecution in Beer Sheva District Court Thursday, describing him as Hamas activist who has been using his high position in the charity organization to systematically divert millions of dollars to the military arm of Hamas, financing, among other things, the digging of terror tunnels. The monies, according to Thursday’s indictment, was taken out of funds and resources that had been dedicated to humanitarian assistance to Gaza Strip residents. The indictment includes 12 counts of security violations of passing information to the enemy, membership in a terror organization, funding terrorism, participation in an unlawful association, and contact with foreign agents.

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 WV to carry out administrative assignments at the charity’s Gaza branch. His job provided him with an entry permit into Israel. El Halabi exploited his visits to Israel to locate and mark [via GPS] sites near the Erez Crossing that potentially could be used as egress points for Hamas attack tunnels.

Carrying out his assignments, according to the prosecution, El Halabi usurped millions of dollars in donations that arrived from foreign countries such as the US, Australia, Germany and the UK, and were slated for humanitarian needs, agricultural, education, and psychological support.

According to El Halabi, the humanitarian aid donated for the residents of the Gaza Strip was in actual fact given almost exclusively to Hamas terrorists and their families. Non-Hamas members almost never received any benefit from the aid, despite their relative level of need. Needless to say, this is in contradiction to the accepted practice of the humanitarian aid organizations. Every month, El Halabi distributed thousands of packages of food, basic commodities and medical supplies to Hamas terrorists and their families, commodities that World Vision had intended to go to the needy.

Over his many years working for WV, El Halabi transferred to Hamas’s possession thousands of tons of iron rods, digging equipment and plastic hoses, originally intended for agricultural use but in reality utilized by the Hamas tunnel builders and for building military bases such as the “Palestine” military base which was built in 2015 entirely from British aid money. Some of the money went to pay the salaries of Hamas terrorists and, in some cases, senior Hamas terrorists took large sums of money for their own personal use. During the war of 2014, Hamas terrorists received WV food packages to sustain them above and below ground, including in terror tunnels.

El Halabi also provided plastic sheets bearing the WV emblem to cover the openings of tunnels, making them look like agricultural hothouses.

According to the indictment, around the year 2012, El Halabi was engaged by Hamas to initiate a greenhouse project, to use greenhouses to hide the sites where terror tunnels were being dug. In addition, a project for the rehabilitation of (fictitious) fishermen was actually used to provide motor boats and diving suits for Hamas’s military marine unit.

The Shabak investigation revealed that the main method El Halabi used to divert money to Hamas was to put out fictitious tenders for WV-sponsored projects in the Gaza Strip. The “winning” company was simply informed that 60% of the project’s funds were to be designated for Hamas.

El Halabi told his interrogators that a regular method of acquiring equipment for Hamas was to disguise Hamas warehouses as WV warehouses. Trucks bringing supplies to the Kerem Shalom Crossing between Israel and Gaza would then unload their goods at Hamas warehouses instead of legitimate WV warehouses. Hamas operatives would pick up the supplies in the dead of night.

According to Shabak, the El Halabi investigation revealed much information concerning additional figures in the Gaza Strip who exploited their work for humanitarian aid organizations and UN institutions, on behalf of Hamas. El Halabi’s statements portray a troubling picture in which UN institutions in Gaza are in fact controlled by Hamas.

How the Money Was Transferred to Hamas

Some of the money raised to support injured children in Gaza was diverted to the families of Hamas terrorists, by fraudulently listing their children as wounded.

Money designated for psychological support, education and health in Gaza ($2 million/year) was used to pay the families of Hamas terrorists.

Part of the WV donations was transferred in cash and recorded fraudulently as aid to needy children.

Monies were paid out as salaries to Hamas terrorists and activists, who were registered as employees of the aid organization when in fact they never worked for WV.

Costs for legitimate infrastructure projects were inflated, with the difference going to Hamas.

Straw companies — two farmers’ associations and a fake charity for the benefit of the injured — were established with false registers to launder money.

Unemployment payments were diverted to Hamas terrorists. El Halabi arranged for one-third of the allowances WV transfers to Gaza for the unemployed to go to members of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The terrorists received a larger allowance ($392 instead of $300).

Using lists of fictitious beneficiaries, $2 million a year were designated as aid for farmers and diverted to Hamas activists. El Halabi reported a larger sum than what was actually transferred to the farmers to World Vision. The difference was diverted to Hamas.

Project costs were inflated. For example, WV invested in the construction of 500 greenhouses and the preparation of land (495 acres) for agriculture. El Halabi reported to the charity that the cost was $1,000 per quarter acre, while the real cost was $700. The difference – $300 per quarter acre – was transferred to Hamas.

In their 2014 report titled “Filling in the Blanks — Documenting Missing Dimensions in UN and NGO Investigations of the Gaza Conflict,” NGO Monitor and UN Watch have cautioned: “The willingness of World Vision workers to openly discuss these issues is exceptional; however, the answers leave little doubt as to World Vision’s willingness to negotiate and coordinate with armed groups. This raises questions as to whether the group would prevent components of its aid from being misappropriated by terrorist organizations, if it felt that taking a stand would jeopardize the organization’s ability to continue its operations in a given area.”

Now we know.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. Why bother with Gaza at all. Let the Egyptians supply them through their entry point. The UN and their EU haters can deal with Egypt and I'm sure the Egyptians will treat them appropriately ( sarcasm) Close the border but monitor Gaza via satellite. The world will scream,but so what, let the world deal with them.

  2. "El Halabi’s statements portray a troubling picture in which UN institutions in Gaza are in fact controlled by Hamas." – Again, why is anyone surprised, when UN and Europen support for Palestinian terrorists has been going for decades.

  3. The European countries are paying millions of dollars in protection money to various Arab organizations calling it aid. Hamas gets a major part of this money through so called Christian charities such as World Vision and others. The EU is busy building so called facts on the ground in area c in areas liberated in a defensive war in 1967 from Jordanian occupation to prevent Jews from settling there. The Europeans have no shame especially when it comes to Jews.

  4. While I agree with most everything you said, I would add one thing that gets forgoten, Israel is a twelve tribe nation, Judah is but one tribe of that number. Their are many peoples decended from Israel, and they have lost their identiy, (this IMO, BTW) It has been stated these must be returned as well. Our Jewish brethren have kept the Days so have not lost their identity, however, there are many who are ignorant of their own relation to Judah. I feel that Juadh is a beacon to those of the 'lost' tribes, and that these must return to truth and support Jerusalim, many will not of course, but some will.

  5. It appears that the European countries aren't getting their money's worth! Hmmm Brussels, Paris, Nice, Germany.. and more to come…. Area C belongs to Israel. I'm sure the Israeli government will not allow Europe & Arabs to run all over them.

  6. James Duthsah Martenet I agree with and with Joāo Paulo Fernandes Pontes. And of course I'll make/do Aliyá as a Sephardic Anusím. ¡And there are thousands yearning to do so too! As usual, exactly like it happened with the exiles in Bablilon, the wealthy didn't returned, to rebuild The Beith Hamikdash only Ezra The Sofer with few Jews did!

  7. Like the Emperor's new clothes, there never was any so called Palestian nation. Arab migrants from all over the Arab world such as Egypt , Syria and Iraq were encouraged by the British to settle there on mass while at the same time Jews were denied entry .

  8. That's why Christian's should give to Samaritan's Purse! You know the money is going where it is supposed to go. Wells for clean water, health-care for children in third world countries. Disasters all over the world! They are audited every year, by an outside auditors! I receive the findings every year! You should truly care where your money is going.

  9. I agree with what everyone has said and here is my addition: Any time I see the word "World" in any connotation I cringe and distrust the organization. There is no such thing as a "world" anything. You cannot bring a "world" together. You cannot save a "world" as you can only save your own personal part of it. There will never be a world people, a world peace, a world economy, a world nation… we are not made that way. We have all drifted to settle with those who are of like mind into settlements and societies that make us comfortable to live as we choose with values akin to those in which we believe and adhere to. We can give respect and tolerance to others when they visit our communities and when we visit theirs, but the saying, "There is no place like home," is more than a line in "The Wizzard Of Oz." It is a profound truth that makes us fight and die for the land on which we build our houses and till our land and birth our children, it makes us cry when we return to it or leave it, it makes us give thanks to G_d than we are privileged to have it. Never trust a "world" organization or a "world" anything, and never be ashamed that you are a people who are part of a composite of the world. I am not ashamed of it… of my difference. In the end, I will allow my Great Spirit to sort it out with yours, and in the meantime I will honor and respect both you and your G_d, and I will support and if necessary help you fight to live and keep Him.Long live Israel!.

  10. The World Vision website has already taken down the webpage that details their work in Jerulsalem/Westbank/Gaza. I believe that World Vison was duped. Perhaps some closer to it knew of the diverted funds and supported the effort, but I don't think even they understood the dishonesty that these people justify using in their cause to destroy Israel. Allah tells them to lie to non-Muslims.

  11. they werent duped they have always been anti israel and pro hamas at least sice 2001 when i confrunted them in jerusalem they we full of left wing progessive anti semites then i see them althe time snakeing around the west bank dont fool your self

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