World Vision Statement on the Verdict in Mohammad El Halabi Trial

Statement in response to the verdict in the trial of Mohammad El Halabi

World Vision acknowledges with disappointment the decision issued by the Beersheva District Court convicting Mr. Mohammad El-Halabi.

We have previously expressed our significant concerns about this case, as noted in our prior statements at https://www.wvi.org/jerusalem-west-bank-gaza/mohammad-el-halabi-trial-overview.

In our view there have been irregularities in the trial process and a lack of substantive, publicly available evidence. We support Mohammad’s intent to appeal the decision, and call for a fair and transparent appeal process based on the facts of the case.

As a Christian organisation, World Vision is accountable to the children and families we serve and to our donors and most of all to be faithful stewards. We strongly condemn any act of terrorism or support for such activities, and reject any attempt to divert humanitarian resources or exploit the work of humanitarian organizations operating anywhere.

We are saddened that our work helping Gaza’s most vulnerable children has been disrupted for so long, and we hope to return to Gaza. We remain committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children in the region, and hope we will be able to advance our humanitarian work in the context of our longstanding cooperation with the relevant Israeli and Palestinian authorities.

For any further enquiries, please contact Mike Bruce on 0403 920 189 or at mike.bruce@worldvision.com.au 

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

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