I just happened to check in at Counterpunch for the first time in a while when I saw the news about Riad Hamad. To say that I am shocked would be an understatement.
I have been donating to PCWF for four or five years. I exchanged a few e-mails with Riad and spoke to him on the phone once or twice. I always
felt that he was a decent and trustworthy fellow.
In the past I have reviewed the donation records listed on the PCWF website and those listed under my name appeared to be correct as far as I could tell. One of the donations I made was to plant an olive tree in Palestine and I received a photo of the tree with my name on it (there were lots of tree planting pictures posted on Yahoo images, so I know that they planted a unique tree just for me). I recently received a photo of the Palestinian boy I sponsor as well.
Last spring I sent Riad my regular donation and I included an extra three hundred dollars for him to use as he saw fit. He chose to send me a big box of olive oil, honey and soap from Palestine. Why in the world would a dishonest man do that? He sent me so much that I’m still using them today. But from now on it’ll break my heart when I drink a cup of tea with that sweet Palestinian honey.