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August 04, 2016

Did World Vision Employee Spy for Hamas?

In June, Israel arrested Mohammed El-Halabi, director of World Vision's operations in Gaza. World Vision, as most Snapshots readers know, is a Christian charitable organization that seeks to improve child welfare throughout the world.

Today, the story broke that Halabi is charged with siphoning funds and materials intended to help children in the Gaza Strip and redirecting these funds and goods to the terror organization Hamas. The news is shocking. But there's one aspect of the charges against Halabi that has not got much play: Halabi allegedly used his status as a World Vision employee to spy for Hamas. A statement issued by the Israeli government detailing Halabi's alleged crimes includes the following passage:

In addition to the financial and logistical aid that El-Halabi provided Hamas, he also exploited his visits to Israel, which were permitted due to his legitimate work for World Vision, to engage in serious terrorist activity – locating and marking [via GPS] sites near the Erez Crossing that potentially could be used as egress points for Hamas attack tunnels.

If this allegation is true, it indicates that Halabi used his status as an employee of an NGO to spy on behalf of a terror organization.

Posted by dvz at August 4, 2016 04:18 PM

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