After Israel kidnapped World Vision NGO’s besieged Gaza Strip employee Mohammed el-Halabi, tortured him to ‘confess’ and claimed that he had ‘diverted’ to Hamas more World Vision funds than its real entire budget for Gaza, several ‘Western’ countries like Australia and Germany eagerly rushed to cut off all aid to World Vision’s programs in Palestine.
This, done without any evidence and done solely on basis of an occupier’s claims denied by World Vision, has led to suspension of programs and lay-off of staff.
Now Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has concluded in its review that no Australian government’s aid to World Vision has been diverted to Hamas and that so there’s no support to Israel’s claim.
Will this lead to Australia now continuing its support for World Vision programs in occupied Palestine? No.
Because according to Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says that it will wait until Israel’s show trial against al-Halabi has ended and it’s result known.
It’s a trial in which ‘confessions’ gained through torture (according to al-Halabi and several witnesses, who say they were also tortured) is the only ‘evidence’ Israel has shown and only evidence which it seemingly intends to show. Yet it’s a near certainty that al-Halabi will be found guilty – because he’s a Palestinian.
Australia’s government intends to use the result of this kangaroo trial, not its own review, as a basis for a decision.
Which, as a result, is then known already.