On October 27, the Canadian government announced it would match donations, up to $10 million, for the Humanitarian Coalition’s Gaza Humanitarian Emergency Appeal. This is part of Canada’s allocation of “$50 million in humanitarian assistance funding announced on October 21, 2023.”

The Humanitarian Coalition comprises 12 NGOs, self-described as “trusted Canadian humanitarian aid organizations.” However, NGO Monitor research shows that a number of coalition members have links to proscribed terror groups or partner locally in the West Bank and Gaza with NGOs affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

The following analysis provides information on four of these NGOs.

World Vision

  • On June 15, 2016, Mohammad El-Halabi, the manager of operations for World Vision in Gaza, was arrested by Israeli authorities. He was accused of diverting approximately $50 million over ten years from World Vision’s Gaza budget to the Hamas terrorist organization, including creating humanitarian projects and fictitious agricultural associations to act as a cover for the hijacking of monies and materials for Hamas.
  • On June 15, 2022, the Be’er Sheva District Court convicted El-Halabi of contact with a foreign agent, membership in a terror organization, illegal use of property for terror purposes, possession of weapons and ammunition, illegal military training, and providing information to the enemy while employed by the NGO World Vision. (For additional details, see NGO Monitor’s analysis: “Verdict in case of Mohammad El-Halabi/World Vision Diversion of Funds to Hamas.”)
  • Although the Humanitarian Coalition is marketing its appeal as the “Gaza Humanitarian Emergency,” World Vision has not been active in Gaza since El-Halabi’s arrest.

Islamic Relief Canada

Save the Children

  • On May 18, 2018, Save the Children co-sponsored a workshop at the Dar al Huda kindergarten in Gaza, “Training of Teachers on Positive Discipline in Everyday Teaching.”
    • On May 26, 2018, the Dar al Huda kindergarten in Gaza held a graduation ceremony that included the mock killing and kidnapping of Israelis by children dressed as combatants. The simulation included sophisticated equipment such as drones, body cameras, military fatigues, body armor, and sniper camouflage. Children wore headbands representing the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terror group.
    • According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, Dar al Huda held similarly exploitative military-style events in 2017 and 2016.