A Hamas member who was arrested by the Shin Bet admitted that for over a decade, he transferred money from an international humanitarian aid organization to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The money transferred to the terrorist organization was used to obtain weapons and dig terror tunnels.
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Today (Thursday), it was cleared for publication that an international humanitarian aid organization was exploited by Hamas. A Hamas member who was arrested and questioned by the Shin Bet admitted that for several years, he worked at World Vision International and transferred money from the organization to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the terrorist organization’s military wing. World Vision International is an American organization that is mainly funded by Western governments and the UN. In addition, it is considered one of the largest humanitarian aid programs in the world.
The organization’s headquarters in Israel was located at Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem. When the Israeli security forces raided the World Vision International headquarters at Augusta Victoria Hospital, many documents indicating that money was transferred to the terrorist organization were seized. World Vision International has offices across Europe that supposedly fundraise for humanitarian purposes. However, it turns out that about 80% of its budget went to arming Hamas and digging terror tunnels. Even the Hamas storage units in Gaza were disguised as World Vision International storage units so that the organization’s trucks would stock them with supplies.
About two months ago, Muhammad Halabi, a 48-year-old Jabalia resident, was arrested at the Erez Border Crossing when he was trying to reenter Gaza. Halabi was able to infiltrate World Vision International over ten years ago because he is the son of a UN employee. Halabi was trained by the terrorist organization and in 2005, he infiltrated World Vision International. Over the years, he was promoted and became the manager of the organization’s branch in Gaza. While interrogating Halabi, the Shin Bet discovered that he provided significant aid to the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and worked for the terrorist organization’s military wing from within the humanitarian organization.