Israeli Officials Release Photo Of Hamas Military Base Allegedly Paid For With Stolen World Vision Funds
IDF officials released a declassified photo of a Hamas military base allegedly paid for with stolen World Vision funds. In the photo, it is evident just how close the Hamas base is to residential buildings.
“Eighty thousand dollars of aid donated to World Vision by the United Kingdom, which was intended to help the civilians of Gaza, build badly-needed infrastructure, and provide food and medical care to those in need, was instead invested in building a Hamas military base and pocketed by the terrorists who constructed it,” according to a statement from Israeli Defense Forces officials.
“In this compound we have identified surveillance and observation capabilities facing north, towards Israel,” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said. “I can also tell you that in June 2015 we targeted components within the compound following a rocket attack against Israel.”
In all, Israeli officials say $43 million dollars of World Vision funds were given illegally to the Hamas terrorist organization. That money was allegedly misappropriated by Mohammed al-Halabi, the Palestinian manager of the Gaza branch of the World Vision charity organization.
That money was given by Christians to aid the people of Gaza. It was not meant for terrorists' hands. “World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice,” according to the charity’s mission statement. “Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, we serve alongside the poor and oppressed as a demonstration of God’s unconditional love for all people.” The charity operates in nearly 100 countries worldwide providing aid to those desperately in need. One of their most popular programs is one in which Christians can “sponsor a child” abroad and provide them with basic needs such as nutrition, education and healthcare.
“World Vision 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,” according to a statement from the charity officials, who flatly deny the allegations. “World Vision programs in Gaza have been subject to regular internal and independent audits, independent evaluations, and a broad range of internal controls aimed at ensuring that assets reach their intended beneficiaries and are used in compliance with applicable laws and donor requirements.”
The investigation is ongoing and Mohammed al-Halabi will soon go to trial.