Former Shin Bet Head Says World Naïve About ‘World Vision’

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Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, now chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Avi Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, now chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Others may be surprised and shocked at the cynical exploitation of World Vision charity funding for Hamas, but Avi Dichter is not one of them.

Dichter, a former head of the Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency, now chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said on Monday that the world is naïve about the extent of Hamas penetration of charitable organizations for its terrorist agenda.

“World Vision is only a small example,” Dichter told Israel Radio, adding that other, similar organizations “know very well that they are funding Hamas.”

“The fact that the donating world, which is recruited to help refugees and the needy, doesn’t understand that its cash is being pumped for terror uses… it is a naive world to the point of being hideous.”

Dichter said that World Vision is only a small example of what’s been going on for a long time. Almost all of the United Nations aid workers in Gaza are members of Hamas, he charged.

The UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency — the U.N. group that looks after Palestinian refugees — employs 30,000 clerks for five million Palestinian refugees, he said. And “it is clear that the number of UNRWA clerks who are working for Hamas is close to 100 percent.”

“When you look at groups like the U.N. and enlightened countries that, with well-established worldviews, fall into the trap set for them by Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” said Dichter, “it just is amazing to see the extent and power with which it plays out year after year after year.”