The Beersheva District Court found Mohammad El Halabi, a Palestinian aid worker, guilty of supporting a terror organization though was acquitted of treason.

Halabi had been in custody for six years on charges of funneling $50 million of relief funds to Hamas to pay fighters, buy weapons and other activities. He is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

“We’re going to support Mohammad through whatever appeal process he has left in front of him because we believe, based on what we’ve seen in the court and in investigations, that he is innocent of the charges,” Sharon Marshall, senior director of public engagement for World Vision, a Christian NGO, told Reuters.

“World Vision acknowledges with disappointment the decision issued by the Beersheva District Court convicting Mr. Mohammad El Halabi,” said Marshall.

Halabi was the head of Gaza operations for the NGO. He had denied the charges and refused plea bargain offers.


Jewish News Syndicate

With geographic, political and social divides growing wider, high-quality reporting and informed analysis are more important than ever to keep people connected.

Our ability to cover the most important issues in Israel and throughout the Jewish world—without the standard media bias—depends on the support of committed readers.

If you appreciate the value of our news service and recognize how JNS stands out among the competition, please click on the link and make a one-time or monthly contribution.

We appreciate your support.