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NGO Monitor, Australian Jews, Pose Disturbing Questions to Christian Charity Chief on Eve of Hadassah Speech

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

On Wednesday night, the CEO of the charity World Vision, Rev. Tim Costello, will be the keynote speaker at Hadassah Australia’s annual oration at Glen Eira Town Hall in Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. The Jewish Labor MP for Melbourne Ports, Michael Danby, on Tuesday “slammed” the appearance, in light of World Vision’s dubious ties with Hamas, The Age reported. Danby said it was time for people to “stop weeping about World Vision” and to focus on how “Australian taxpayers’ money” ended up in Hamas coffers.

Costello, for his part, confirmed that he still plans to speak at the Hadassah event, calling the allegations against his group a “storm in a teacup.”

And Hadassah Australia president Ron Finkel told The Australian Jewish News, “There’s a saying in football that you play the ball, not the man, and so it would be terrible if Tim is attacked because someone may have perpetrated a fraud within World Vision.”

Let’s play ball.

World Vision’s senior official in the Gaza Strip Mohammed el Halabi was arrested last August by Israel’s GSS and confessed to usurping some 60% of World Vision’s Gaza budget on behalf of the terrorist organization Hamas. Since then, World Vision has declared its support for el Halabi, then made public a smattering of information regarding its finances in Gaza, while heatedly denying the accusations of its anti-Israel bias. NGO Monitor on Tuesday published an extensive list of concerns regarding World Vision’s conduct, which is critical both of its political and ideological agendas as well as its financial management and due diligence.

Under the World Vision agenda issues, the NGO Monitor article points out the following issues:

World Vision officials have a record of pro-Arab bias and hostility to the Jews’ right to a share of the land of Israel. Some recent attacks on Israel and on Christian Zionism made by World Vision officials, while virtually ignoring the Hamas policy of terrorism, as noted by Australian Rabbi James Kennard, were “highly problematic.” World Vision, particularly its CEO Rev. Costello, must address this problem, preferably before Costello’s scheduled Hadassah keynote speech.

According to NGO Monitor, a number of officials working for WV-IL, the Israeli branch of World Vision, are also working for vehemently anti-Israeli NGOs:

Sami Khoury, WV-IL’s financial manager, is senior member of Sabeel, an anti-Semitic theological group.

Raffoul Rofa, WV-IL’s board member since 2008 and chair since 2009, is also the director of anti-Israel NGO Society of St.Yves.

WV-IL founder Michel Sabbah co-authored the 2009 Kairos Palestine document, promoting BDS in churches, comparing Israel with South African apartheid, and denying Jews’ historical connection to Israel.

Anton Asfar, member of the WV-IL board of directors, also serves on the board of St. Yves.

NGO Monitor notes that, according to Sabeel’s 2013 Report to the Israeli Non-Profit Registrar, World Vision provided financial support to Sabeel, although the exact amount is omitted. World Vision has informed NGO Monitor that it “does not fund or partner with the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.” Would the charity organization care to explain this discrepancy?

As to World Vision’s financial involvement in Gaza and the PA, NGO Monitor observes:

WV-IL’s financial report shows it spent about $1.5 million in 2014 on the salaries of its “150 staff across Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza,” 120 of whom work in Gaza — out of its overall local budget of $14.7 million. How are the other employees being paid, out of what budget? World Vision says its Gaza budget was $22.5 million over the past 10 years, so how much of it went to salaries and how much to projects? This is crucial, considering el Halabi’s confession that 60% of this budget in reality went to Hamas.

Also, World Vision says its overall expenses during the same 10 years came to more than $100 million, a figure supported, and then some, by the WV-IL financial reports. So how much out of this amount was used for Gaza, how much for the PA, and how much for overhead?

It turns out that when the Israeli Registrar for NGOs asked WV-IL those questions, WV-IL repeatedly failed to comply with the requirements for proper reporting, and would not provide “details on the transfer of funds to projects, including the purpose of the transfers.”

What if they just stole all this money and stashed it in numbered Swiss bank accounts? Can World Vision enlighten the world and its generous donors, including Australian taxpayers, with an accounting for those funds?

In 2014, the WV-IL reported to the registrar that it made “local donations” to the tune of $790,000, none of which supposedly exceeded about $5,000. When the Registrar asked for precise documentation, the WV-IL attorney responded that the association “is not dependent on any Israeli [financial] sources.” So what are those sources? Would World Vision come clean regarding the origin of those funds?

Finally, according to news reports, the el Halabi corruption was no surprise to World Vision: an accountant he had fired went and complained to the home office that his boss was stealing money for Hamas. World Vision sent an outside investigator in 2015 to look into those allegations, but the investigator, according to the charity, didn’t find anything suspicious. Would World Vision care to share who hired this investigator and who received and processed their report? Were the Israeli authorities questioned in connection with the investigation? In short, was the el Halabi multi-million-dollar corruption known and supported by someone inside World Vision?

MP Danby told The Australian Jewish News: “While this Hamas/World Vision trial is in process, it is disturbing that a local meeting is taking place to promote the contentious Hadassah/World Vision relationship.” He added: “At a time when one of its senior managers stands accused of engineering and concealing – for years – a massive diversion of funds to the Hamas terror organization that has cost Israeli lives, this is not the right moment for a local communal organization to promote the interests of World Vision.”

“Nor is it a time for public apologia concerning what World Vision has been doing in Gaza,” Danby concluded.

JNi.Media

Jerusalem Bus Bomber Dead, Other Arrests Made

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Hamas operative who detonated a bomb on a Jerusalem bus this week has died in an Israeli hospital, the Israeli police confirmed on Thursday, partially lifting a gag order on the investigation. A police spokesperson further revealed that several other suspects have been arrested.

Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, a 19-year-old Hamas operative from the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, detonated an explosive device on the number 12 public bus in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring 20 people, including one seriously. Abu Srour died of his wounds on Wednesday in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) characterized the bombing as a “suicide attack.”

The police, Shin Bet, and IDF conducted extensive raids in Bethlehem on Tuesday, arresting multiple Hamas activists who are suspected of helping Abu Srour plan and carry out the terror attack.

Further details of the investigation remain under a gag order.

Following Abu Srour’s death on Wednesday evening, the Hamas terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack and called him a “martyr.” Spontaneous celebrations erupted in Bethlehem and Gaza, with people passing out candy in the streets to celebrate the bus bombing.

Four victims of the terror attack are being treated at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. Three are in the intensive care unit on respirators, said Hadassah spokeswoman Hadar Elboim on Thursday.

“We will locate the men who created this bomb, we will reach the men who sent the bomber as well as the ones behind them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Monday’s terror attack. “We will settle the account with these terrorists.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Hadassah Doctors Accuse Shaare Zedek of Malpractice in Treating Terror Victim

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) The struggle between Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals has switched to a high gear after the victim of a recent terror attack in critical condition had been transferred from Shaare Zedek to Hadassah for treatment, Israel Army Radio reported Sunday. In Hadassah, some senior doctors treating the victim raised very serious allegations about the treatment he received at Shaare Zedek. According to one of the complaining doctors, the patient had undergone un-professional procedures that caused him irreparable brain damage which could have been prevented.

Hadassah doctors also claimed that at Shaare Zedek there are no neurosurgeons, and they pin the reason for not transferring the patient, a policeman, to Hadassah in the first place was because of the competition between the two hospitals.

The Health Ministry reassured Army Radio that the professional conduct at Shaare Zedek Medical Center is the best by any standards, and that the trauma unit at the hospital is one of the best in the country.

The Hadassah administration has not issued an official response to the story, while at Shaare Zedek there was angry reaction to the accusations. According to officials there, this contention is baseless and false, and is rooted in the image war between the two facilities, with Hadassah attempting to tarnish the Shaare Zedek treatment reputation compared to Hadassah.

Shaare Zedek officials added that in fact they fight for the life of every patient, and the truth is precisely the opposite — that if the same wounded policeman had it arrived at Hadassah they woud have declared him DOA and opting not to fight for his life to the end, the way the Shaare Zedek trauma room had done.

The ongoing prestige war between the two facilities found another expression in their struggle over who would treat Jerusalem Old City terror victims Adele Bennett and her son Nathan. Mother and son were initially evacuated each to a different hospital, and even when it had been decided that they should be united and be treated under the same roof together, the two facilities continued to debate for days where should be hosted, until it was finally decided to transfer Nathan from Shaare Zedek to Hadassah.

In another case, Hadassah has claimed that Shaare Zedek treated a stabbing victim with a disability, when Hadassah employs an in-house expert who specializes in treating this specific injury. Hadassah has argued that Shaare Zedek refused to move to the injured to their care. But Shaare Zedek told Army Radio that in that case the most professional decision came from an expert from the Sheba Medical Center near Tel Aviv, who believed they should wait with the surgery planned for that victim, and so he was released from the hospital.

Obviously, the fact that these minor professional skirmishes are being waged while a real terror war is going on does not help patient care.

JNi.Media

Police Foil Bombing in Jerusalem

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Police prevented on Friday morning a probable terror attack in Jerusalem by discovering am explosive device at a checkpoint at an Arab neighborhood next to Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital.

A sniffer dog helped located the pipe bomb that was in a vehicle, and sappers neutralized the device.

Earlier this week, alert traffic police discovered explosives in a car driven by an Arab woman on the highway from Maaleh Adumim to Jerusalem. They stopped car, and she threw a bomb at the police, lightly injuring one of the officers.

It has not been disclosed if she was on her way to carry out a suicide bombing or was trying to transfer the explosives to a terrorist in the city for a mega-terror attack.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Arab Terrorist Shot Near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

At around 9 PM, Border Police in the Bethlehem neighborhood of El Ayaadah, which is adjacent to Rachel’s Tomb but on the other side of the wall, shot and wounded an Arab teenager who was about to throw a bomb at them, according to the police spokesperson.

The terrorist was shot in the lower extremities before he could throw his pipe bomb. The terrorist was treated on site, and then transported to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital.

The bomb was neutralized by Border Police sappers.

No one else was injured in the attack.

As expected, the residents of El Ayaadah began rioting and throwing stones, and police used anti-riot gear to disperse them.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Peace Program Participants Injured in Mount of Olives Attack

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Four Jewish teenagers and an Arab woman were lightly injured when Arabs began massively stoning vehicles on the Mount of Olives, in the Jerusalem A-Tur neighborhood.

The group was participating in a summer peace program consisting of Israeli, Jordanian and PA/Israeli Arab students.

The father of one of the victims was shocked, according to the Tazpit News Agency.

He said, “My son is part of a group of youths, Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians who study cardiology as part of a summer course in summer school. It’s unbelievable that it was specifically (“davka”) they who were hit by stones.”

It is unclear why he thought their participation in a peace program would provide them immunity from an Arab terror attack.

The attack happened around 9:30 PM on Tuesday, and a bus and two cars were hit, shattering their windows.

Four of the victims were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital for injuries sustained from the shattered glass. The fifth was treated on site.

According to Hadassah hospital, the four had injuries to their head and upper body, one also had injuries to the leg, and one had injuries to the eyes. The hospital said, very large stones were thrown at them, but overall their condition is good.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Update: Israeli Man Stabbed Near Mishor Adumim

Monday, May 11th, 2015

Police report that an Israeli man (19) was stabbed near Mishor Adumim.

He is lightly-moderately injured and conscious.

MDA received a call at 7:53 AM, of a wounded man near the Al-Zaim checkpoint.

MDA treated the man for wounds on his upper body, before he went to nearby Hadassah – Mount Scopus hospital.

Police are searching the area for the Arab assailant.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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