by Tom Olago
August 10, 2016
How would you react to the possibility that your generous offerings and gifts to a Christian outreach organization did not alleviate the sufferings of the sick, hungry, poor, orphaned, widow or refugee? Instead, they were used to buy weapons that would shed the blood of innocent people, including women and children, in heinous terrorist attacks.
That’s the awkward perception that World Vision International, perhaps the world’s largest Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid organization, finds itself on the receiving end of today.
A recent article Yossi Aloni for Israel Today reported the revelation that 60 percent of World Vision’s annual budget for the Gaza Strip was diverted by Hamas to the tune of $7.2 million per year. Much of that money was given in cash to Hamas militants, while even more was used to finance the construction of terror tunnels and to purchase weapons.
All of this was reportedly discovered during a lengthy investigation beginning in mid-June, when Israel arrested Mohammed El-Halabi, World Vision’s Gaza branch director, on suspicion of terrorist activity.
Aloni narrated the chronology of subsequent events in his analysis starting in 2005 when Hamas dispatched El-Halabi to infiltrate World Vision. Shortly after being employed by World Vision, El-Halabi began to use his position to benefit the Islamist terrorist organization, primarily by diverting funds meant as aid to strengthen Hamas’ terrorist arm.
The investigation revealed that the main method used to divert money to Hamas was to put out fictitious tenders for World Vision-sponsored projects in the Gaza Strip. The “winning” company was made aware that 60 percent of the project’s monies were to be designated for Hamas. In this way, El-Halabi ensured a steady flow of cash into Hamas coffers.
El-Halabi regularly transferred to Hamas equipment that he had ordered on behalf of World Vision, supposedly for agricultural aid. The equipment included, among other things, iron rods, digging equipment, pipes and building materials, and was used in fact to construct Hamas military outposts and to dig terror tunnels.
Another regular method of acquiring equipment for Hamas was to disguise Hamas warehouses as World Vision warehouses. Trucks bringing supplies to the Kerem Shalom Crossing between Israel and Gaza would unload their goods at Hamas warehouses instead of legitimate World Vision warehouses. Hamas operatives would pick up the supplies in the dead of night.
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.
Leo Hohmann in a WND exclusive report narrated that, following El-Halabi’s arrest, his 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 fact that Hamas, which is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has infiltrated the world’s largest international Christian aid group, World Vision, confirms the worst fears of Brotherhood experts such as Dr. Mark Christian, a former imam with family ties to the Brotherhood who left his native Egypt in 2003. “From the Brotherhood’s point of view there is nothing better than to deceive and get involved with organizations that make it look like they are going to help the poor kids of Gaza when in reality no kid is getting helped and it is all going to the terrorist actions to kill Jews,” said Christian, who heads up the Global Faith Institute based in Omaha, Nebraska.
But the organization started changing in the 1970s, he said. “…That’s when you started seeing Christian leaders becoming more accepting of other religions, and the Muslim Brotherhood around that same time started to internationalize their goal of spreading Islamism around the world and they discovered they could deceive a lot of these naïve Christian leaders.”
Could El-Halabi’s case of infiltration be just one isolated incident? Hardly, according to Carl Gallups, a Baptist pastor in Florida who is also an author and host of a weekly radio show. “This, no doubt, is not the only such instance. I would imagine there are several other Christian institutions where the tentacles of radical Islam have gained their foothold,” Gallups said. “America’s pastors, churches, and civic leaders had best get their collective heads out of the sand and wake up to the times in which we are now living. Without strong leadership in Biblical and constitutional principles of truth and righteousness – and rule of law … we are doomed.”
Perhaps America should follow Australia’s cue – they finally woke up and smelt the coffee. According to Rachel Kaplan in a report for Israel National News, Australia has suspended funding to humanitarian NGO World Vision, pending investigations into the nature of its funding to the Hamas terror organization in Gaza. But it would seem that much damage has already been done – despite prior security alerts.
Kaplan stated that Israeli legal organization, Shurat HaDin, says it blew the whistle on World Vision years ago – but no one was listening: “In 2012 [we] notified the Australian government that its aid money being administrated by World Vision was being transferred to front charities of Palestinian terror groups in Gaza. Both the Australian government and World Vision denied [our] warning.”
Shurat HaDin President, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, posed the poignant question: “Who knows how many of Hamas’ missiles and stabbing attacks were funded by World Vision after they were put on notice that they were financing Palestinian terror? The assistance to Gaza by foreign aid organizations is directly responsible for the murder of scores of Jews in Israel.”
To make matters worse, the El- Halabi case is seemingly just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Foreign Affairs Ministry Director Dore Gold was quoted stating that “the investigation revealed
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