Hamas has infiltrated a second major international aid agency, Save the Children Fund, according to an Israeli claim that one of the group’s Palestinian staff members in Gaza was recruited into the terrorist organization.
The allegations against Save the Children come on the heels of last week’s explosive charges against a regional manager for another major international NGO, World Vision.
Israel charged the Gaza head of World Vision, Muhammad al-Halabi, last Thursday with diverting tens of millions of dollars to Hamas and its military wing to stockpile weapons and build terror tunnels into Israel.
Since Israel finished building a security wall around its territory several years ago, the tunnels have become an important conduit for Palestinian attacks.
According to the indictment, Halabi recruited a Palestinian aid worker in 2014 from Save the Children to join Hamas’ military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The Hamas military wing wanted that individual because of “connections” between Save the Children and USAID, the United States Agency for International Development, and sought information about individuals placed in international organizations in Gaza by the United States, said the indictment, the Times of Israel reported.
The Palestinian aid worker was listed as the official Save the Children contact for two programs carried out in 2014 that were worth $1 million and $1.4 million, respectively.
Save the Children Fund was founded in 1919 in London by two sisters, Dorothy Buxton and Eglantyne Jebb.
“We do take any allegations of this nature very seriously and are making inquiries into this matter,” the nearly 100-year-old charity said in a statement Monday about the Israeli charges.
Israel arrests U.N. aid worker
In a third story breaking this week, authorities in Israel arrested a United Nations aid worker on charges that he used his position to help Hamas build its military operations. Wahid Abdullah Burash, an employee of the United Nations Development Program, or UNDP, “allegedly helped build a naval marina for use by Hamas’s military in northern Gaza,” the Jerusalem Post reports.
The Post reports that this could be but the tip of the iceberg in terms of aid agencies helping Hamas, which is a Muslim Brotherhood-sponsored terrorist organization.
The Post reports:
“Burash also reportedly convinced his manager at UNDP to give preference in rehabilitation projects to areas inhabited by Hamas operatives.
“When weapons or tunnel openings were discovered in homes being worked on as part of UNDP projects, U.N. procedure to report such findings was not followed, the Shin Bet investigation allegedly found.
“The interrogation of Burash uncovered additional Hamas operatives embedded in other aid organizations, the Shin Bet added. Many of these organizations are affiliated with Christian churches and ministries.”
Christians ’embracing hatreds’ of Muslims
Joel Richardson, a Christian missionary, author and filmmaker who has traveled and worked extensively in the Middle East, said the problem of Christians taking on the ancient hatreds of those they are working to help is common.
“One of the greatest dangers for Christians working among various Muslims groups is actually embracing their hatreds as a way of connecting and identifying with them,” Richardson told WND. “The easiest way to build a bridge of empathy is to hate the things that a people hate. Unfortunately, within far too much of the Muslim world, hatred of the Jewish people is so endemic that it is nearly impossible for Christian workers or organizations to work among them while remaining openly favorable toward Israel.”
Many Christian missionaries and humanitarian workers seek to build bonds quickly and “cave into the spirit of hatred and embrace anti-Zionism and Jew hatred,” said Richardson, author of “The Global Jesus Revolution” and “The Islamic Antichrist” among other bestsellers.
“It’s a plague in much of the missionary community. These recent events with World Vision and other groups have exposed just how systemic this problem has become,” he added.
From a biblical perspective, Richardson said “there is simply no room for this kind of thing among those who name the name of Christ.”
But there is a way forward, he said. “It is called repentance. Unless these groups acknowledge their mistakes and make some very transparent efforts to correct this outrage, they will lose all of their support.”
Other critics have noted that part of the problem also rests in the fact that many Christian charities have been hiring Muslims to manage their field operations.
“It is an ongoing problem. And not just with NGOs but with Christian colleges and universities as well,” said Shahram Hadian, a former Muslim who pastors Truth in Love Ministries near Spokane, Washington.
He cited as an example Whitworth University, a Christian college in Spokane that has been admitting Muslim students and has hired at least one Muslim professor.
“You either are a Christian organization or you are not and, if you are, why are you hiring non-Christians to work there?” Hadian said.
While giving an address to a group of Christians recently in Washington, Hadian said one came up to him and showed him a booklet titled “The Ninety-nine Beautiful Names of Allah,” which Hadian said is a publication put out by the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Council for American-Islamic Relations with the goal of “basically brainwashing pastors and outreach workers.”
“I had two meetings where I had two pastors come up and confront me as not being loving enough [toward Muslims],” said Hadian, who grew up in Iran. “The pastors had been invited to an interfaith dinner hosted by CAIR at Seattle Pacific University. So I’ve seen CAIR working to affect outreach to these pastors and ministers. If you look at the connection between the Palestinian Christians getting support from the quote-unquote evangelicals to promote and help Hamas, it gives context that this has actually been happening for a while, which is criminal, not only is it morally wrong but it’s criminal.”
Among the biggest promoters of interfaith connections with Muslims are the mega-pastors Bill and Lynne Hybels, of the Willow Creek Community Church near Chicago, and Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church.
“Lynne Hybels has led trips to Gaza for a number of years, taking American youth to Gaza to show them how bad Israel is and ‘look at the occupiers and look at this wall they built.’ So it’s been going on for a while under the radar, but now we see they are actually funneling money and support to Hamas.”
Lynne Hybels was also appointed to President Obama’s first Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She and one of the top supporters of Gaza and, as Hadian says, “poisoning Christian support for Israel.”
Another group with an anti-Israel agenda is the biennial Christ at the Checkpoint Conference.
“It’s a Christian group that has these pro-Palestinian conferences every other year trying to get Christians to become more pro-Palestinian,” Hadian said. “So, in one sense, it’s not surprising. But now you have money being directly funneled to Hamas, so it’s a big story among all the other crazy things that are happening. I believe absolutely the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated these groups and been working several years on what they call their ‘outreach’ to these interfaith, loosey-goosey Christian aid organizations, which are pro-Palestine, anti-Israel, where they believe Israel is the Zionist occupier.”
Hadian said many of the same Christian leaders supporting the Palestinian cause are also involved in bringing Muslim refugees into Western Europe and the U.S.
World Visions, World Relief and many megachurch pastors were signers of the Declaration of Evangelical Faith, which was a pledge made late last year to help refugees but did not make a single mention of reaching out to them with the gospel.
Word Vision CEO Richard Stearns admitted in a 2007 interview with Guy Kawasaki that his organization does not evangelize anyone.
World Relief Corp., which is not affiliated, works to resettle refugees in the U.S. and agrees under contract with the U.S. State Department not to evangelize them.
“They’re players in the same game. Supporting the pro-refugee movement, and we see them importing refugees with no care about their spiritual well-being, no care about national security or the potential that terrorists are among them. It’s just another part of the puzzle, and so we need to stop funding these organizations,” Hadian said. “We need to call them out for their fraud; they’re not Christian. They’re frauds. And they’re doing a disservice to the name of Christ. This is a money-making operation, and now the fact that it’s criminal money, tainted money, makes it that much worse. It’s a culmination of the very compromise of the Christian message. They are absolute frauds, and they need to be ashamed of calling themselves a Christian organization.”