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Mohammed El Halabi has been accused of diverting money from World Vision to Hamas - photo by Dudu Grunshpan / Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
Israel has accused a worker of the international Christian-charity group World Vision of redirecting large sums of their donations to Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist organization, Hamas.

A senior Israeli security official has said that Mohammed El Halabi, a Palestinian who has been the manager of World Vision in Gaza since 2010, diverted $7.2 million per year that was supposed to be used to help poor people in Gaza to Hamas to help them buy weapons and other provisions. The official said that El Halabi was recruited by Hamas in 2004 with the purpose of infiltrating World Vision and taking advantage of their resources.

World Vision has denied these claims. "Based on the information available to us at this time, we have no reason to believe that the allegations are true," a representative of the charity said. "We will carefully review any evidence presented to us and will take appropriate actions based on that evidence."

A spokesmen for Hamas has said that they have "no connection to [Halabi] and therefore, all Israeli accusations are void and aim to suppress our people."


Vocabulary
a charity - an organization that helps people in need

to accuse - to say someone did something wrong (without showing proof / evidence)
to redirect - to change the direction of something so it goes somewhere else
donations - money given by people to a charity to help other people in need

supposed to _ - expected to _
to divert - to make something go in a different direction
provisions - supplies
to recruit - to try to find someone and hire them to work for an organization
to infiltrate - to secretly joing a group to spy on them and hurt them
to take advantage of - to use someone or their resources only for your own gain / benefit
accusations (noun) - claims that someone did something without showing proof / evidence
spokesman - a man who speaks for an organization