Hadassah Xpress

Friday 14 October 2016

Welcome to our first Hadassah Xpress, a bite-sized news feed that we will email to you each month.
Our stories won’t ‘pull any punches’.

HADASSAH’S WORLD VISION CONTROVERSY

Hadassah Australia has been slammed for inviting Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia to deliver its 2016 Annual Oration. The Oration will be held at Glen Eira Town Hall on Wednesday 2 November at 8.00pm.

Rev Costello, one of Australia’s leading social justice advocates, has been accused of anti-Israel bias and World Vision, has been accused of supporting the Gaza-based terror group, Hamas.

The catalyst for the offensive against Costello and World Vision was the arrest in June of the organisations Director of Operations in Gaza and the allegation of significant diversion of aid funds to Hamas. These are serious charges and the Israelis will test them in open court. To date, no Israeli agency has suggested that World Vision was knowingly involved or complicit.

Hadassah Australia President, Ron Finkel, said that “delivering much needed aid to the people of Gaza is full of challenges and it appears almost certain that something has gone terribly wrong. The Israeli case will be prosecuted in open court. Hadassah Australia has worked closely with World Vision for the past two years delivering a major program to upskill Palestinian child psychologists by training them at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

“This is not the first time that criticism has been levelled at World Vision,” he said. “In 2012, the aid agency was accused of turning a blind eye to the diversion of funds from a Gaza beneficiary to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A painstaking investigation by AUSAid, the Israeli Foreign Ministry and other agencies cleared World Vision of any complicity.

“Hamas may have found a way to circumvent protocols in place for the distribution of funds by a number of aid agencies, but was World Vision guilty of being complicit? Did they encourage their Gaza manager, Mohammed el-Halabi to act contrary to its rules and values in order to put Israel at risk from this murderous organisation?

“People attending the Oration will have a chance to ask Tim these questions.”

Founded more than 100 years ago, Hadassah Hospital set the agenda for the delivery of healthcare to everyone in need, irrespective of their politics, religion, gender, sexuality or financial status. It remains the only hospital in the Middle East to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (2005).

The chairman of paediatrics at Hadassah Hospital and director of the cystic fibrosis clinic at its Mt. Scopus campus, Professor Eitan Kerem, was responsible for establishing a cystic fibrosis clinic at the Al-Durrah Children’s Hospital in Gaza City.

Says Alissa Woolf, Executive Director of Hadassah Australia: “Most people, Jews included, have no idea how deep and complex the relationships are between Israelis and Palestinians. Not everyone likes this type of engagement, but who can doubt that getting to know one’s ‘enemy’ is an appropriate step towards reconciliation and peace.

“Understanding that might help to appreciate the challenging environment that organisations like World Vision are required to deal with every day.”

Tim Costello will deliver the 2016 Annual Hadassah Australia Oration on the topic: ‘Charity in a Time of Terror – from Gaza to Nauru: My World Vision.’ He will be introduced by Robert Goot SC, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

Hadassah’s Tikkun Olam Award will be presented to Professor Hugh Taylor AC, the Founder of Eye Research Australia and President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Tickets for the 2016 Annual Hadassah Oration and Tikkun Olam Award are available at trybooking.com or call (03) 9272 5600.

Hadassah Australia supports and raises funds for Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel’s oldest and most decorated hospital. It supports every aspect of life in the country and the lives of people well beyond its borders. Many of its programs connect the Australian community with Israel.

Friday 14 October 2016

Welcome to our first Hadassah Xpress, a bite-sized news feed that we will email to you each month. Our stories won’t ‘pull any punches’.

HADASSAH’S WORLD VISION CONTROVERSY

Hadassah Australia has been slammed for inviting Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia to deliver its 2016 Annual Oration. The Oration will be held at Glen Eira Town Hall on Wednesday 2 November at 8.00pm.

Rev Costello, one of Australia’s leading social justice advocates, has been accused of anti-Israel bias and World Vision, has been accused of supporting the Gaza-based terror group, Hamas.

The catalyst for the offensive against Costello and World Vision was the arrest in June of the organisations Director of Operations in Gaza and the allegation of significant diversion of aid funds to Hamas. These are serious charges and the Israelis will test them in open court. To date, no Israeli agency has suggested that World Vision was knowingly involved or complicit.

Hadassah Australia President, Ron Finkel, said that “delivering much needed aid to the people of Gaza is full of challenges and it appears almost certain that something has gone terribly wrong. The Israeli case will be prosecuted in open court. Hadassah Australia has worked closely with World Vision for the past two years delivering a major program to upskill Palestinian child psychologists by training them at Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

“This is not the first time that criticism has been levelled at World Vision,” he said. “In 2012, the aid agency was accused of turning a blind eye to the diversion of funds from a Gaza beneficiary to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A painstaking investigation by AUSAid, the Israeli Foreign Ministry and other agencies cleared World Vision of any complicity.

“Hamas may have found a way to circumvent protocols in place for the distribution of funds by a number of aid agencies, but was World Vision guilty of being complicit? Did they encourage their Gaza manager, Mohammed el-Halabi to act contrary to its rules and values in order to put Israel at risk from this murderous organisation?

“People attending the Oration will have a chance to ask Tim these questions.”

Founded more than 100 years ago, Hadassah Hospital set the agenda for the delivery of healthcare to everyone in need, irrespective of their politics, religion, gender, sexuality or financial status. It remains the only hospital in the Middle East to be nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (2005).

The chairman of paediatrics at Hadassah Hospital and director of the cystic fibrosis clinic at its Mt. Scopus campus, Professor Eitan Kerem, was responsible for establishing a cystic fibrosis clinic at the Al-Durrah Children’s Hospital in Gaza City.

Says Alissa Woolf, Executive Director of Hadassah Australia: “Most people, Jews included, have no idea how deep and complex the relationships are between Israelis and Palestinians. Not everyone likes this type of engagement, but who can doubt that getting to know one’s ‘enemy’ is an appropriate step towards reconciliation and peace.

“Understanding that might help to appreciate the challenging environment that organisations like World Vision are required to deal with every day.”

Tim Costello will deliver the 2016 Annual Hadassah Australia Oration on the topic: ‘Charity in a Time of Terror – from Gaza to Nauru: My World Vision.’ He will be introduced by Robert Goot SC, President of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry.

Hadassah’s Tikkun Olam Award will be presented to Professor Hugh Taylor AC, the Founder of Eye Research Australia and President of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Tickets for the 2016 Annual Hadassah Oration and Tikkun Olam Award are available at trybooking.com or call (03) 9272 5600.

Hadassah Australia supports and raises funds for Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, Israel’s oldest and most decorated hospital. It supports every aspect of life in the country and the lives of people well beyond its borders. Many of its programs connect the Australian community with Israel.

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