UN worker aided Hamas in Gaza

UN worker aided Hamas in GazaIsrael on Tuesday has charged a UN humanitarian aid worker in the Gaza Strip with using his position to provide material assistance to the militant Hamas movement. It is a second such case in a week.

Waheed Borsh from Palestina has worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Gaza as an engineer since 2003. His areas of responsibility include demolishing houses damaged during armed conflicts and clearing the rubbish from sites after demolition.

Waheed Borsh was arrested on 16 July 2016 by the Israel Police and Israel Security Agency (ISA) and indicted in a civilian court in southern Israel on Tuesday, August, 9. He was charged with assisting Hamas, an internationally-recognized Islamist terrorist organization.

Israel's Shin Bet security agency said Waheed Borsh admitted aiding Hamas. During the investigation, it was discovered that he had been instructed by a senior member of the Hamas terrorist organization to redirect his work for UNDP to serve Hamas’ military interests.

Among other wrongdoings last year Borsh helped build a military jetty in the northern Gaza Strip to be used by Hamas’ naval forces. In 2015 he convinced UNDP to prioritize the rehabilitation of housing in area, where Hamas members live mostly.

Another aspect is that Borsh told about other Palestinians who work for aid organizations and are also working for Hamas.

Last week Israel charged a Gaza charity chief Mohammed El-Halabi with infiltrating the World Vision humanitarian aid NGO in order to divert funds and other resources for Hamas. Mr Halabi's lawyer said his client denied the allegations.

Hamas said the allegations were "incorrect and baseless".
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