MembersForeign Aid Must Not Support Terror

Israel over the summer arrested the director of the Gaza branch of the international Christian aid organization World Vision.

By Ryan Jones |
Hon. Michael Danby Photo: Hon. Michael Danby

Mr. Mohammad El Halabi stands accused of using his position to funnel money and resources to Gaza’s Hamas overlords.


As a primary donor to World Vision’s Gaza operations, the Australian government took the charges very seriously and halted funding while it investigated. As part of the investigation, the Hon. Michael Danby, a senior member of the Australian Parliament, visited Israel to meet with Israeli, Palestinian and World Vision officials.


He also addressed reporters at an event coordinated by NGO Monitor and hosted by the Jerusalem Press Club.


“Serious allegations have been made about charities operating in Gaza, and this is very concerning for people in donor countries,” said Mr. Danby. “For those of us who support international aid, transparency is important. If these allegations are true it would be terrible, not only for the Palestinian recipients, but also in terms of the betrayal of the donor countries.”


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