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World Vision – a comprehensive summary

I’m posting this summary of World Vision anti-Israel bias and agitation for readers considering supporting humanitarian causes:
From “World Vision International´s Pro-Palestinian Agenda“, NGO Monitor Digest (Vol. 2 No. 12), August 15, 2004:
Summary: Tacit support for terror and a highly politicized agenda reflecting anti-Israel rhetoric and biased history, under the guise of “development assistance and justice.”
… The organization’s Brief History of the region repeats many of the standard Palestinian myths and distortions. …fail[s] to mention the Arab invasion that led to the war….[and] offers no background or context to the 1967 Six Day War that led to Israel’s control over the West Bank and Gaza Strip simply stating: “In 1967 Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.”
… violence is blamed solely on Israeli policies …
…ignoring the terrorism that was responsible for the deaths of Israeli civilians, World Vision promotes an amoral equivalence between perpetrators and victims of terror, and offering no context to the loss of life. Instead, Israeli security measures are described as “a policy of sealing entries and exits to cities, villages, and towns as a form of collective punishment of the Palestinian population.”
World Vision’s casual attitude towards Israeli security is demonstrated in a December 17, 2002 news article “Bethlehem has little to rejoice about at Christmas” which states: “Bethlehem’s population of 120,000 is under collective punishment. The reason given by Israel for re-entering Bethlehem is because the last suicide bomber to blow up a bus in Jerusalem was from the Bethlehem area.”
Other news archives demonstrate a lack of context behind events. For example, a January 5, 2004 news article “World Vision helps 245 homeless families in Rafah” claims that “One hundred homes were demolished and another 70 were severely damaged during an Israeli army incursion on October 10th,” failing to mention the terrorist activities and weapons smuggling tunnels that prompted the Israeli military operations.
World Vision’s response to Israel’s security barrier also displays almost no acknowledgement of this impact of this obstacle in preventing terror. For example, Tim Costello, Word Vision Australia’s Chief Executive described the barrier as “part of the problem, not part of the solution”, in a July 14, 2004 op-ed in The Age (Melbourne). Costello evokes the highly politicized and inappropriate claim that the barrier “is reminiscent of the Cold War and Eastern Bloc oppression.” (Costello’s comparison reflects the Palestinian propaganda effort to compare the Berlin Wall, designed to keep citizens from fleeing, with Israel’s security barrier, which saves the lives of its citizens.) These issues are noted in Colin Rubinstein’s response to Costello, who also points to reliance on the faulty advisory decision of the ICJ, in response to the highly politicized indictment from the UN General Assembly.
Analysis of World Vision International’s website also reflects the clear political agenda, with little attention to entirely legitimate Israeli security concerns, as well as a total disregard for the effects of Palestinian terrorism on the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Thus, World Vision’s activities in the region reflect a strong political bias, with a high level of  misunderstanding and negative attitudes displayed towards Israel, while encouraging or at least condoning terrorism and incitement. This agenda is entirely inconsistent with the claimed emphasis on “economic development and promotion of justice”.
World Vision representative in UN (Geneva) – promoting hatred of Israel
NGO Monitor has reported on extreme anti-Israel bias in the publications and activities of World Vision.– a powerful organization which receives funding from US Aid, Irish Aid, and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This NGO, which claims charitable status, is particularly active in promoting crude propaganda in the UN framework.
On November 29, 2007, the director of international relations for World Vision, Thomas Getman, continued this pattern in a speech in Geneva marking the 60th anniversary of UN Resolution 181, which called for the creation of two states, one Arab and one Jewish. According to UN Watch Getman “sought to promote hatred of Israel among the delegates.” His speech failed to mention ongoing Palestinian terrorist and missile attacks against Israel, and he used highly manipulative, emotionally charged rhetoric. He called on his audience to “think about the first child that each of us saw in a terrible situation because of the Israeli occupation…” The situation of the many Israeli children who have been subject to mass terror attacks was of no concern to the representative from World Vision.
Update: World Vision representative at UN (Geneva) and UN Watch — an exchange
 Following the November 29, 2007 UN Watch report on Getman’s speech, an exchange took place between Getman and UN Watch, which the watchdog organization has posted on their website.
To view the rest of the dialogue, click here.
Bottom Line: Beware who you rely on to act as your shaliach in the mitzvah of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam.

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