A senior Israeli security official on Thursday said Halabi, who has run the group’s Gaza operations since 2010, had been under extended surveillance and had confessed to siphoning off some $7.2 million a year to Hamas.
World Vision said it was shocked by the claims, and a Hamas spokesman said the group had no connection with Halabi.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) called the allegations “deeply troubling” and said in a statement that it was “urgently seeking more information from World Vision and the Israeli authorities.”
Australia has paid World Vision approximately $4.35 million over the past three financial years for the provision of aid in the Palestinian Territories, a DFAT spokesman said.
Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia
World Vision have long been shockingly biased against Israel, and Hamas infiltrated them. Shocked, just shocked.
There have been hints before: World Vision Australia Rejects Allegations it Provided Financial Aid to Terrorists, by Tim McCormack, in May 2013.
World Vision’s war against the Jewish state, by Dexter Van Zile, in August 2014:
If you give money to World Vision, a multibillion-dollar Christian aid and development agency, whose U.S. affiliate is headquartered in Federal Way, Washington, there’s something you need to know. …
[World Vision] describes and laments the suffering inflicted on children in Syria but omits any reference to the perpetrators. It does not name and shame the perpetrators in any way. ..
World Vision takes a decidedly different approach, however, when it comes to dealing with the suffering of children in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza. When publicizing its work in these areas, World Vision rarely misses an opportunity to blame Israel for the suffering it confronts. Interestingly enough, World Vision materials rarely make any mention, of the role Hamas has played in putting children in danger. In World Vision materials, the alleged villainy of the Jewish state is shoved in the reader’s face without hesitation and without shame.
The difference between World Vision’s approach to violence in Syria and Israel is so stark that it is impossible to believe that the people who run the organization from their offices in Federal Way, Washington do not see what is happening.
In sum, Islamist terrorists in the Middle East are able to perpetrate all manner of atrocities without being named by World Vision activists, but when Israel fights back against attacks, it always gets named. Its response is depicted as “indiscriminate” despite its well-documented efforts to avoid civilian casualties.
Hamas exploits World Vision in Gaza to support terrorism, by Sderot Media Center.
Israel has discovered that Mohammed El-Halabi, currently employed as director of the Gaza branch of World Vision, is actually a major figure in the terrorist/military arm of Hamas. El-Halabi has been taking advantage of his position to divert the humanitarian organization’s funds and resources from the needy to benefit Hamas’ terrorist and military activities.
Mohammed El-Halabi, director of the Gaza branch of … World Vision, was arrested at the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Gaza Strip on 15 June 2016. He was detained on suspicion of serious security offenses carried out for the terrorist arm of Hamas and of exploiting his visits to Israel for that purpose.
During the investigation, El-Halabi revealed that he has been a Hamas member since his youth and had undergone organizational and military training in the early 2000s.
In 2005, Hamas dispatched El-Halabi to infiltrate World Vision. …
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% of the project’s monies were to be designated for Hamas.