Tuesday, August 30, 2016


A fair reading of the statement released this week by Amnesty International, regarding the terrorism financing charges, brought in Israel, against World Vision Gaza manager, Mohammed Al-Halabi, shows a slanted, and factually inaccurate, picture of the case, and gives the reader grounds to examine Amnesty's other presentations, for accuracy.

I understand that the statement was prepared by Amnesty's Middle East branch, but what began as a critique of the Halabi arrest degenerated into a policy statement of matters not relevant to the case. The article, which appears on Amnesty's website, says:

(1) The trial will be "secret," while in truth and in fact, it will be closed to the public, as it will surely contain classified information about Hamas, a designated terrorist organization.

(2) It refers to Gaza as "occupied,; although Israel withdrew from Gaza several years ago.

(3) It states that Halabi did not have access to the amount of money that he is alleged to have diverted to members of Hamas, from the donations of World Vision, a Christian charity, but it does not supply the factual basis for that conclusion.

(4) it complains that Halabi's atttorney will not be able to publicly share information, but fails to consider that the evidence could have come from sources in Gaza who could be killed, if Hamas thereby learns their identity.

If this article, which verges on propaganda, and appears to seek to enrage the reader against Israel, rather than treat Halabi as a person who allegedly stole millions intended for the needy in Gaza, is typical of Amnesty's treatment of issues, then compliance officers may want to take all their other material with a grain of salt, and confirm any information they extract from Amnesty articles, through another source.

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