World Vision: a Christian charity on an anti-Israel mission
World Vision: a Christian charity on an anti-Israel mission

World Vision is a Christian charity on an anti-Israel mission.

This can clearly be seen in its fraudulently biased website description of Israel and what they call the 'West Bank', properly known as Judea & Samaria.

If the unemployment level of Jerusalem, 'West Bank' and Gaza is 46% and the poverty rate 36%, surely a large proportion of the blame must be directed at the corrupt and violent political overlords, namely the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.

$80,000 received from British donors went to construct a terror base in Gaza called “Palestine.
But not according to World Vision who point an accusing finger only against the Jewish state. They write that “children experience harassment and violence" from soldiers and "settlers". The lack of adequate educational facilities is not due to Hamas using schools to store rockets or to aim them at Israeli civilians but, according to World Vision, it is due to demolitions. They do not mention which schools, if any, have been demolished by Israel.

World Vision also makes mention of long commutes to school due to what they call “settler bypass roads.”  These bypass roads have been constructed so that Jews living in Judea & Samaria can detour away from the Arab towns and villages that harbor the terrorists that assault, shoot passing vehicles and kill Israelis, including women, and children, on a daily basis.

They refer to checkpoints, road blocks and a security barrier (they call it a “separation wall”) without mentioning the reason they are there in the first place.  Their explanation is that they are there simply to “impede and restrict movement within the Palestinian territory.”

No mention on their website page about the decades old violence perpetrated against Israelis by the people they are funding that has resulted in checkpoints and other essential security measures.

It is strange that they refer to schools and children yet they fail to list Israel or even Palestinian Arab-controlled areas in their long list of locations where they sponsor a child. So does any of their money actually go to Arab children living in Jerusalem, Gaza or Judea & Samaria? The jury is still out.

We now know, due to recent revelations coming out of Israel, that World Vision has been funding the military wing of Hamas, known to most of the world as the Hamas terrorist organization, for decades.

Can someone tell me what is Christian about helping Islamic terrorists improve their deadly potential to kill Jews except, perhaps, by them adopting the replacement theology that requires them to side with, and support, any enemy of the Jewish people?

World Vision is one of the world’s biggest charities with an annual budget of three billion dollars. It includes Justin Bieber, Scarlett Johansson and Bill Clinton among its celebrity donors.  It also received funding from foreign governments and claims stringent oversight and transparency but it took the Shin Bet, Israel’s top security and intelligence service, to break into the organization and arrest its key employer.

Mohammad El-Halabi, a lifelong Hamas member in Gaza joined World Vision in 2005 and rose to the position of its director with total control over its budget and allocation. This included putting terrorists on its payroll and issuing tenders for fictitious humanitarian projects. He also transferred construction equipment and building material to Hamas which went to build terror bases and tunnels that reached into Israel for the purpose of terror attacks like the ones we saw during the 2014 Hamas terror war against Israel.

A Shin Bet official said that the humanitarian aid went almost exclusively to Hamas terrorists and their families and not to the non-terror associated residents of Gaza.

El-Halibi was arrested on June 15 and was held for fifty days before Israel announced the indictment against him on Thursday August 4th. 

World Vision continues to protest his innocence and their ignorance. Although they do believe the falsehoods against Israel that appear on their official website, they claim to have no reason to believe the “allegations” of vast amounts of their donors money falling into the hands of killers of Israelis by the real oppressors of the residents of the Gaza Strip are true.  

However, the Shin Bet has been giving a detailed account of where charity money ended up.

As an example, $80,000 received from British donors went to construct a terror base in Gaza called “Palestine,” and salaries to the terrorists who worked at this base also came out of this money.

Money was used to buy weapons for terror groups in the Sinai while Mohammed Morsi was in power in Egypt.

Where the disguise of emotion-laden imagery of poor Palestinian Arab children is used to hide what is really at play in Gaza was highlighted by the Shin Bet claim that funds supposedly going to help injured children actually went to Hamas members who listed their children as wounded.

Evidence will show that Hamas diverted millions of dollars for terror purposes. World Vision claims to pump $12 million annually into Jerusalem, Gaza, and the 'West Bank'. None goes to Jewish children in need or to Israeli Arab children in need.

Keeping up their defense of Hamas, World Vision said they would “continue to call for a fair legal process for Mohammed.”

World Vision is headquartered in Monrovia in California and describes itself as “a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice.”

It also claims that it is “an international partnership of Christians whose mission is to follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.”

I would like someone to explain to me how pumping millions of dollars of good Christians' money to the radical Islamic terror regime of Hamas, the Palestinian Arab wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose history is replete with oppressing the people of Gaza and killing all opposition to its stranglehold and whose founding charter expresses their desire for a global Islamic Caliphate and for the murder of Jews, advances the aims of World Vision.

Unless proven otherwise, it seems to me that World Vision has been so blind to the injustice done to the Jewish state by Hamas and Palestinian terror that it has been deliberately myopic to the massive misuse of money that has been eagerly used by Hamas in their vain attempt to attack Israel and kill Jews.

Either Hamas has exploited World Vision, or World Vision has exploited its global donors. There is no other explanation for what has been exposed.

Truth be told, the fund-raising appeal that appears on World Vision’s official website, so full of anti-Israel false statements, makes me feel that the former is true, unless they can convince me otherwise.

As I write this report, Australia and Germany have suspended their funding to World Vision for spending on Palestinian causes. Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by the United States. I hope we will hear that the US Administration and all Americans will refuse to donate to World Vision until they put their house in order and return to their original Christian charitable roots.

Barry Shaw is the Senior Associate for Public Diplomacy at the Israel Institute for Strategic Studies.  He is also the author of the book ‘Fighting Hamas, BDS and Anti-Semitism.’