Posts Tagged ‘UNRWA’

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Financial war on terror: recommended reading

August 21, 2014
  • Time for a good old-fashioned asset freeze, arms embargo, and international travel ban against 6 ISIS terrorists… more>>
  • The beltway chatter is that the U.S. can’t do much to stop the financing of ISIS because it makes millions locally, which is harder to interdict that international funds transfers. Newsmax disagrees… more>>
  • ISIS may be behind high-profile cyber-hacks against Tony Blair, P-Diddy, and banks in order to finance their terror in Iraq… more>>
  • A British mosque will host a fundraiser with a speaker from the radical Hizb ut-Tahrirmore>>
  • U.S. taxpayer dollars fund UNRWA, a UN agency in the Palestinian territories staffed by a Hamas-run labor union whose members’ salaries are siphoned by Hamas as union dues… more>>
  • The German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that the main civilian airport is Iran has been transformed into a “hub of terror” for arms shipments by the IRGC to Hezbollah… more>>
  • The feds will force 21,550 banks to mine more data on 8 million accounts a year. The American Bankers Association asks, “Once you have that information, what do you do with it?” more>>
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Hillary Clinton sued for funding terrorism

December 5, 2012

The U.S. finances terrorism by providing insufficient safeguards in the distribution of foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority and United Nations Refugee Worker’s Administration (UNRWA) according to a lawsuit filed against Hillary Clinton and other Obama administration officials.

Money Jihad has been making this point for years: why is it a crime when ordinary citizens send money to terrorists, but when the federal government does nobody bats an eye?

This lawsuit is about unlawfully disbursed aid to the Palestinian territories, but the same wrongdoing applies to U.S. negotiations with the Taliban.  If you and I communicate with the Taliban and give them money in order to incentivize a certain behavior, we’d be in prison. If the State Department does uses taxpayer money to help bribe the Taliban to sit across from them at the negotiating table, they get praised by the foreign policy “experts.”

In either case, what federal officials are doing is providing material support—money—directly or indirectly to a terrorist organization in violation of U.S. law.

From Shurat HaDin on Nov. 27:

Hillary Clinton sued by Americans over funding of Palestinian terror groups

Federal suit alleges that the US State Dept violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and abandoned Congressional safeguards, transparency and reporting requirements  

Tel Aviv, Nov. 27, 2012: A group of 24 Americans living in Israel, including victims of terrorism, filed a lawsuit today against the US government over its funding of Palestinian terrorism in the West Bank and Gaza.

The civil action, filed in the district court of Washington DC, alleges that the US Department of State, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements attached to US aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA). In addition, the plaintiffs claim that the White House has not been complying with the regulations and reporting obligations governing presidential waivers which facilitate emergency funding to the Palestinians. As a result of this non-compliance, US funds have been flowing to terror groups like Hamas, the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Palestine Liberation Front.

According to the lawsuit, Americans living in proximity to these Palestinian terror groups are in the class of individuals that Congress sought to protect through the safeguards and regulations that the White House, State Department and USAID are disregarding.

The suit asks the federal court to review the conduct of  the State Department and the safeguards on funds being distributed by USAID in its programs to the PA and to the United Nations Refugee Worker’s Administration (UNRWA) and seeks to suspend future American aid to the PA and UNRWA until all the Congressionally legislated regulations and reporting requirements are fully complied with.

Click here to view the lawsuit

The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys Norman Steiner of New York and Nitsana Darshan-Leitner of Tel Aviv.

Darshan-Leitner, the director of Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center, stressed that “once handed over, US funding of the PA and UNRWA is difficult to trace and the State Department has been lax in requiring the Palestinians to utilize bank accounts and other transfer methods that ensure transparency.” The founder of the Israeli counter-terror group added that “elements of the US Government, particularly the State Department and USAID, are breaking the law and must cease all funding of the PA immediately. US aid to the Palestinians is killing innocent people.”

Steiner added: “The American people are opposed to terror and do not want to fund it via their taxes. The ongoing non-compliance of the White House and State Department with Congressionally mandated protections cannot be allowed to continue.”

The United States Department of State, under the  Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, is prohibited from providing “material support” to proscribed terrorist groups. It is estimated that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the United States State Department, via USAID has given over $4 billion to Palestinians, with portions of that funding illegally landing in the hands of terrorists. During the last four fiscal years, average aid has been roughly $600 million per year. Additionally, the United States gives approximately $200 million to the United Nations body UNRWA, each year, and during the fiscal years 2008 and 2009, UNRWA gave roughly $500 million of their funding to recipients in the West Bank and Gaza.

Under the Anti-Terrorism Act, the State Department is required to certify that the Palestinian government is committed to a peace co-existence with Israel before distributing funds, and ensure that no part of funding is used for Palestinian terrorism.  The plaintiffs allege that these crucial safeguards, transparency obligations and reporting requirements are being negligently ignored.

One of the lawyers handling the case is Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the director of Shurat HaDin, the Israel Law Center, which appears on our blogroll.

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UNRWA joins with pro-Hamas charity in Gaza

July 18, 2012

You didn’t think that international donor aid only helped Hezbollah did you?

UNRWA has announced a joint project with Human Appeal International, an Islamic charity that has been revealed to be a member of the Union of Good charity network that supports Hamas.  The project is intended to help “education,” and we can expect that the curriculum will not be moderate, peaceful, tolerant, or secular.

Hat tip to Twitter user Sharkiya East ‏@Sharkiya for the insight and link to UNRWA’s press release:

Human Appeal International and UNRWA launch education project in Gaza

29 June 2012
Gaza

UNRWA and Human Appeal International, an Emirati NGO based in the Emirate of Ajman, have launched their first joint education project in Gaza. Under the project, nine additional classrooms will be constructed at the Al Durj Primary School in Gaza City. A ceremony held to mark the signing of the agreement between the Agency and the contractor was attended by the director of Human Appeal in Gaza, Mr. Imad Haddad, and the deputy director of UNRWA operations in Gaza, Mr. Scott Anderson.

Welcoming this contribution, Mr. Anderson said: “Providing education is one of the Agency’s most important interventions in Gaza, and we are delighted that Human Appeal International has come on board with us as a partner. These new classrooms will go a significant way in easing the strain on space in Al Durj School. UNRWA, the students, and the teachers are very grateful to Human Appeal International for its support.”

Mr. Imad Haddad, director of Human Appeal in Gaza, said: “We look forward to continuing our co-operation with UNRWA in different fields such as health, relief and social services, and especially education. This latest project builds upon our past efforts in Gaza, especially during the 2008-2009 war, and we hope to take further steps towards enhancing co-operation in the future.”

Al Durj Primary School currently educates 1900 students in two shifts. The new classrooms will help to ease the overcrowding that has been endemic in Gaza schools by providing additional learning space for some 630 students in the morning and afternoon sessions. Due to increasing need for places in UNRWA schools in Gaza, students are often crowded into classrooms with insufficient space, with three children frequently having to sit on desks designed for just two students, which has affected concentration levels and academic achievement.

UNRWA provides education to some 218,000 children in Gaza in 243 schools, many of which suffer from overcrowding and run-down premises as rapid population growth rates have increased demand on UNRWA schools. To address this, UNRWA with the support of its generous donors, has embarked on a plan to construct additional schools and classrooms across the Gaza Strip.

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Your taxes -> UNRWA -> Palestinian terror

July 21, 2011

Elder of Ziyon has been running a clever poster series for quite some time now.  Since my computer monitor isn’t a big screen, I tend to think of these as “handbills” more so than “posters,” but that’s just me.  EoZ‘s latest:

Medical coverage for jihadists

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We fund Hamas through U.N.

January 31, 2011

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld’s wants the U.S. Congress to stop letting money flow to the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA) because the cash bleeds over into Hamas’s piggy bank.  Here are some of Ehrenfeld’s more salient and excellent points:

  • “The May 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report includes UNRWA’s admission that it does not screen prospective staff or aid recipients for ties to Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic Jihad (IJG), or other local terrorist groups.”
  • UNRWA employs a Hamas-controlled labor union of nearly 29,000 Arab workers.  Hamas siphons off 3 to 5 percent of UNRWA employees’ salaries as union dues which directly enrich Hamas.
  • Hamas has used UNRWA schools for weapons storage.
  • Over half of the Palestinian Authority’s revenues, much of which comes from international aid, is transferred to Gaza and pays Hamas municipal employee salaries.

Money Jihad readers may also recall that the international aid transferred by the PA also funds Gaza policemen who moonlight as Hamas militants

Read Ehrenfeld’s full piece at The Terror Finance Blog.

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Hillary’s millions will fund Hamas

November 26, 2010

Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton announced an additional $150 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority.  Caroline Glick has written an extensive piece about everything that’s wrong with that plan (hat tip to Israel Matzav and to all who sent this in).  Of particular interest is her analysis of how the aid ends up in the pockets of Hamas:

…The simple truth is that it is impossible to prevent US budgetary assistance to the PA from financing Hamas, in contravention of US law. Each month Fayyad transfers funds to Hamas-controlled Gaza to pay the salaries of PA employees there. Fayyad has argued that this assistance cannot be considered material aid to Hamas, since the employees are employed by the PA. But this is nonsense.

These employees serve at the pleasure of Hamas. Paying their salaries contravenes US law as well as international law, which prohibits states from providing any assistance whatsoever to areas controlled by terrorists. This is true even if the actual money he transfers to Gaza comes from other income sources. Without the direct US budgetary assistance, he wouldn’t be able to funnel money to Gaza.

PROVIDING DIRECT budgetary assistance to Fayyad isn’t the only way the US finances Hamas. It also contributes to Hamas by funding UNRWA. Read the rest of this entry ?