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August 9, 2016 7:00 am

British Charity ‘Save the Children’ Investigating Claims Employee Recruited by Hamas

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Save the Children field staff in Gaza. Photo: Save the Children.

Save the Children field staff in Gaza. Photo: Save the Children.

A British charity said it is investigating Israeli claims that one of its employees was recruited by Hamas, the Daily Mail reported on Monday, days after a Gaza-based staffer at an international NGO was revealed to be acting on behalf of the terrorist group.

We do take any allegations of this nature very seriously and are making inquiries into this matter,” Save the Children said in a statement, adding that it had “not been notified or contacted by the (Israeli) authorities on the details of the allegations.”

The investigation follows Israel’s indictment on Thursday of Mohammed El-Halabi, the head of the Gaza office of the charity World Vision, who was found to be funneling millions of dollars in foreign aid to Hamas.

According to the Shin Bet internal security agency, the investigation into El-Halabi’s activities uncovered a network of additional Hamas terrorists posing as aid workers. In 2014, for example, El-Halabi recruited a Palestinian worker associated with Save the Children, the Daily Mail said.

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As was reported by The Algemeiner, El-Halabi was arrested at the Erez Crossing on June 15 and detained on suspicion of being associated with Hamas. During interrogation by Israel, El-Halabi admitted to being a member of Hamas, undergoing terrorist training and being tasked to infiltrate World Vision.

The siphoned money — which amounted to around 60 percent of World Vision’s total Gaza budget — was used to build terror bases, dig terror tunnels and pay bonuses and salaries to terrorists, Israel said.   

Following the allegations against El-Halabi, World Vision suspended its Gaza operations while investigations continue. Germany and Australia — two of the biggest state-sponsors of the NGO — suspended its donations.

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