World Vision Responds

March 29, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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World Vision Australia has received the report on allegations made by Israeli organisation Shurat HaDin that Australian funds emanating from them were being channeled to the Union of Agricultural Workers Committees which has alleged connections to the PFLP. J-Wire publishes World Vision’s response.A spokesperson for World Vision Australia said: “World Vision is an organisation that helps the world’s most vulnerable children. It abhors violence and terrorism. World Vision undertook a due diligence on the UAWC before commencing partnership with the UAWC in Gaza, and when Shurat HaDin made its claims about the UAWC on February 15th World Vision suspended the project in Gaza and investigated again. World Vision found the claims made by Shurat HaDin against the UAWC were unfounded and with AusAID’s advice, lifted the suspension of the project on 7th March.  Shurat HaDin has now made further claims through the media.  World Vision will look into the relevance and veracity of those claims. In the meantime, World Vision will continue its important work in Gaza.”

Recently, AusAID suspended funding to the UAWC pending an investigation into the claims. The suspension was lifted when they deemed the claims unsubstantiated.

Shurat HaDin has put forward new evidence and that is currently under investigation.

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