World Vision on trial in Palestine

We post this message from The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN)

Mohammed el Halabi, the former manager of operations for World Vision in Gaza, has been detained by the Israeli authorities for nearly 6 years.

Mohammed el Halabi at World Vision

He is accused of diverting million of dollars in aid, much donated by the Australian government, to armed groups for “terrorism” purposes.

World Vision and the Department of Foreign Affairs conducted comprehensive audits, neither of which found evidence that funds were diverted. He faces decades in prison.

Halabi’s trial has been held behind closed doors, he has alleged torture in custody, his lawyer has been prevented from reviewing prosecution evidence, all of which are concerning signs that his trial has been neither fair nor transparent.

As the verdict in Halabi’s case nears, now is the time to pressure the Israeli authorities to respect his rights, including his right to a fair trial.

The Australian government must also call on the Israeli authorities to respect his rights, reiterating that their audit found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Register your attendance here:

Vigils will be held at:

Adelaide, Central Plaza, Rundle Mall
Alice Springs, Uniting Church lawns, Todd Mall)
Brisbane, King George Square
Cairns, The Esplanade (opposite RSL)
Canberra, Garema Place, Civic
Castlemaine, Victory Park
Hobart, Parliament lawns
Darwin, Nightcliff Foreshore (near pool) **6pm**
Launceston, Brisbane St Mall
Melbourne, Federation Square
Newcastle, Civic Park
Sydney, Customs House Square

Events all at 2pm local time, except Darwin which is at 6pm.

Join Amnesty International and APAN at vigils around Australia to mark Mohammed el Halibi’s birthday, on 2 April 2022.

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