A senior Palestinian official of World Vision, one of the major charities in Gaza working and receiving funds from the United Nations has been arrested by Israel after being accused of using funds to help the terrorist organisation Hamas.
The announce was made by Israel’s security agency Shin Beth. In a press release, the agency said the name of the Palestinian official was Waheed Borsh. According to Israeli officials, Mr. Borsh has been working for the UN development agency UNDP in the Gaza Strip since 2003, and in the past years has managed to provide material assistance to Hamas by siphoning millions of dollars in relief funds.
The money was supposed to go to the Palestinian people in Gaza, in the form of humanitary aid. Instead, they were used by Hamas to build a naval dock. Mr. Borsh has already confessed to hijacking humanitarian aid funding and delivering it to Hamas to build a dock for its naval forces in 2015. Another way of helping Hamas, according to Israeli officials, was to take control in the name of the UNDP of houses where weapons or terrorist tunnel openings were discovered and confiscate the arms and other materials.
“This investigation proves yet again the way in which Hamas exploits aid resources of international groups in the Gaza Strip which are meant for the civilian population” officials of Shin Bet said in the press release.
According to the United Nations Development Program, Borsh has been detained by Israel on July 3 during a joint operation of Shin Bet and the Israeli Police. He was indicted and brought to trial in a civilian court, in Beersheba. While working as an engineer at UNDP since 2003, Borsh was responsible for the demolition of buildings damaged during military conflicts and the removal of waste from the demolitions.
Borsh is the second aid worker to be arrested by Israel in seven days. Last week, Mohammed El Halabi, the director of the Gaza Branch of World Vision, one of the world’s largest Christian charities, was accused of siphoning tens of millions of dollars of aid to Hamas’ armed wing in Gaza, the Qassam Brigades.