International Christian humanitarian organization World Vision said Monday that allegations from Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency that the organization's Gaza Strip director, Mohammed El Halabi, siphoned about $7.2 million a year to the Islamic militant group Hamas over a period of five years does not add up.
World Vision Germany spokeswoman Silvia Holten told The Associated Press that the organization's budget in Gaza over the last decade was $22.5 million which amounts to an annual average of $2.25 million. Shin Bet also alleged that the $7.2 million figure is roughly 60 percent of World Vision's total Gaza budget.
"There is a huge gap in these numbers the Israeli government is telling and what we know," Holten told the AP. She added that an investigation into the organization's Gaza operation is underway and Germany and Australia have suspended donations to their work there. more >>
The Christian charity World Vision has lost two of its biggest donors after the organization's Gaza Strip director was accused of diverting millions of dollars in cash to the Sunni Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas.
Reuters reports that on Friday, both Germany and Australia suspended donations to the evangelical humanitarian aid group after Israel accused the organization's Gaza branch operations manager, Mohammed El Halabi, of funneling over $7.2 million to the fundamentalist outfit.
Halabi was arrested by Israeli authorities on June 15 and was detained for weeks before being charged last Thursday with providing support to terrorists. more >>
As hundreds of people attended the funeral on Tuesday for Rev. Jacques Hamel, the French priest killed by Islamic State supporters, the archbishop of Rouen revealed Hamel's last words as he tried to push away his attackers: "Go away, Satan."
Archbishop Dominique Lebrun led the funeral mass at Rouen cathedral, The Associated Press reported, and reflected on Hamel's last moments, when the priest had his throat slit by two teenagers who pledged their allegiance to IS during morning Mass at his Rouen church.
"Evil is a mystery. It reaches heights of horror that take us out of the human," Lebrun said. more >>
A California lawmaker is asking the state legislature to recognize August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" but some pastors and national security analysts are criticizing the move, saying it promotes a false narrative.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who introduced House Resolution 59 on Monday, said in a statement posted Friday on the Council on American Islamic Relations' Facebook page that he was "proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California."
"The rhetoric surrounding this election makes the presentation of this resolution more important for me," Quirk said, adding that "it is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves." more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released the latest issue of its English-language magazine Dabiq, in which the extremists claim that Jesus Christ was a "slave of Allah" and much of the New Testament was fabricated, urging Christians to "break their crosses" and convert to Islam.
"Break the Cross," as the latest issue of Dabiq is titled, argues that Jesus was never crucified, and the Apostle Paul was a "criminal" and a "treacherous Jew" who decided to abandon massacring Christians in order to pervert the religion from inside.
The editors of the IS magazine demand that people in the West follow them and learn "why Muslims hate and fight them, why pagan Christians should break their crosses, why liberalist secularists should return to the fitrah (natural human disposition), and why skeptical atheists should recognize their Creator and submit to Him." more >>
Arizona Senator John McCain ripped through Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's controversial comments about the family of a slain Muslim-American soldier, and urged Americans not to associate Republicans with Trump's views.
"While our party has bestowed upon him the nomination, it is not accompanied by unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us," McCain, a Vietnam veteran and former Republican presidential nominee, said in a statement.
The controversy stems from Trump's questioning of Ghazala Khan, the mother of U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim-American who was killed in 2004 by a car bomb in Iraq. more >>