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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Deja vu all over again: Israel charges UN employee with providing aid to Hamas in Gaza

It's been just five days since Israel charged the head of the World Vision charity in Gaza with siphoning off $43 million for Hamas in the last six years.

Now, an employee of the United Nations' Gaza development agency, UNDP, has been charged with aiding Hamas.
Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said 38-year-old Waheed Borsh has worked as an engineer for UNDP, the U.N. development agency, for 13 years. It said he was arrested in July and confessed to using his position to help Hamas.
The Shin Bet said Borsh used UNDP resources last year to build a jetty for Hamas' naval forces and that he persuaded his managers to prioritize the reconstruction of houses damaged in conflicts with Israel in areas where Hamas members lived.
Israel's Foreign Ministry said it has informed U.N. officials of the arrest and the allegations and expects the U.N. to "take concrete measures to ensure that humanitarian activities actually assist those in need in Gaza instead of assisting the terrorist leaders of Hamas."
Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said he was concerned about a "worrying trend of U.N. exploitation by Hamas."
A U.N. spokesman in Jerusalem could not immediately be reached.
Imagine what would happen if Israel didn't have a 'blockade' of Gaza in place. 

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