After posturing to withdraw for months, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley announced yesterday in Geneva that the U.S. will remain on the Human Rights Council for now – on conditions. Haley had two demands: Reform membership elections and address the council’s “chronic anti-Israel bias.”
An initial inquiry by the Australian government has found no evidence that an aid worker in the Gaza Strip diverted money to support Hamas. A review by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade does not clear Mohammad El Halabi of wrongdoing, and Australian government officials say they are waiting on the result of his trial.
A pair of legislative bills introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate seek to punish the United Nations after the passage of a Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Palestinian territories.
Israeli authorities brought new charges against an aid worker accused of funneling millions of dollars to Hamas. Mohammad El Halabi, the World Vision operations manager in Gaza, was charged with “aiding and abetting the enemy in a time of war” and “passing information to the enemy” in addition to other terrorism-related charges, Agence France-Press reported.
A U.N. aid worker was sentenced this week to seven months in jail for helping the Islamist fundamentalist organization Hamas, according to news reports. Wahid Abdallah al Bursh pleaded guilty to unintentionally aiding the group while he worked for the U.N. Development Program (UNDP).
The Israeli government followed through on its pledge to punish countries for voting to condemn settlement building in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It canceled a planned visit by Senegalese Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, recalled its ambassadors and cut aid to the West African nation for sponsoring the resolution.
A second aid worker has been arrested by Israeli security forces for allegedly helping Hamas.
The head of World Vision International has doubled down on the organization’s stance that there is no credible evidence to support Israeli government claims that a former World Vision staffer in Gaza diverted money to support the fundamentalist Islamic group Hamas.
Israeli prosecutors charged a World Vision aid worker on Thursday with diverting tens of millions of dollars meant for aid…
Unfulfilled aid pledges and lost tax revenues are making life difficult for Palestinians, according to a recent World Bank report.…