Has World Vision No Shame?
There was never much doubt that the people who work in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza offices of World Vision are pro-Palestinian partisans.
When they speak about the causes of the suffering of Palestinian children, the staffers at World Vision — one of the largest (if not the largest) Christian charities in the world, invariably point an accusatory finger at Israel. On the other hand, they almost never condemn Palestinian leaders for their crimes against children. The partisan behavior of the organization’s staffers is not an anomaly, but part of a larger problem within the organization itself.
For example, take a look at how World Vision has responded to the issue of child labor that is used in smuggling tunnels between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, which became public in a Journal of Palestinian Studies (JPS) article pointing out that Hamas failed to stop the use of child labor in the operation of these tunnels. In a follow-up to the article, JPS reported that nine children have died while working in these tunnels
The author of the article didn’t mince words: “During a police patrol that the author was permitted to accompany in December 2011, nothing was done to impede the use of children in the tunnels, where, much as in Victorian coal mines, they are prized for their nimble bodies.”
Clearly, some sort of comment from World Vision, which bills itself as a child welfare and advocacy organization is in order. The organization is charged with speaking up on behalf of children, and promoting policies that protect children.
If World Vision has commented on the problem of child labor in Gaza tunnels, it sure hasn’t done a very good job of publicizing it. The Twitter feed for World Vision’s offices in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza does not even include the word “tunnel,” nor does it even include the word “Hamas.” It does however, include numerous references to “Israel.” (But you knew that.)
Compare the organization’s silence over child labor in the Gaza Strip with how World Vision addressed the issue of child labor elsewhere in Africa. In March 2013, the organization issued a report about child miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, titled “Child Miners Speak: Key Findings on Children and Artisan Mining in Kambove DRC.”
Why is World Vision so quiet about the failure of Hamas to protect children in the Gaza Strip? Is the organization afraid of the terrorist organization, and as a result cannot effectively advocate for children in the Gaza Strip – except of course, when it can point the finger of blame at the Jewish state?
A more recent example of the organization’s anti-Israel bias can be seen in how the organization’s staffers responded to recent attacks against Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Again, go to the Twitter feed for the organization’s operations in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Virtually every one of the tweets on this timeline highlight some controversy that paints Israel in a bad light. The tweets, rarely (if ever), point to anything that Palestinians have done wrong. There is no mention, for example of the murder of two Israeli Jews in front of their four children that took place last week. And there is no mention that after the attack, Palestinians took to the streets to celebrate.
Why can’t staffers from a Christian child advocacy organization comment on such an obvious crime against children? Is murdering someone’s parents in cold blood not a crime against childhood itself? Can World Vision remain silent about the antisemitic hate that has taken root in Palestinian society and still call itself a child welfare organization?
The same timeline makes no mention of the attack that took place near the Lion’s Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday. Two men were killed and a child was injured. And to add insult to murder, Arab bystanders mocked the wife of one of the men who was killed as she fled the attack with a knife sticking in her back. Is murdering a child’s father in cold blood not a crime against children? Is laughing at a mother struggling for her life an outrage that World Vision can pass over in silence? The organization’s staffers regularly draw attention to what they regard as Israeli misdeeds. Why the silence over Palestinian misdeeds?
The first tweet on the timeline after these attacks was a link to an article detailing the shooting of a 13-year-old Palestinian boy, who was killed by the IDF on Monday, October 5. The IDF is investigating the death.
Yes, this boy’s death was a tragedy and World Vision’s staffers in Israel were right to draw attention to it.
But how can they justify not pointing out the ongoing attacks on Israeli Jews that preceded it?
Palestinian children are taught to hate and have been for years, and World Vision, a child advocacy and welfare agency, simply will not confront this crime against children.
Either World Vision does not care about anti-Jewish attacks, or its staffers are too afraid to speak about the homicidal ideology that has taken root in Palestinian society.
Whatever the motivation, World Vision’s one-sided witness about events in Israel and the disputed territories is an undeniable and inexcusable outrage.
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