Allred Backed 2021 Funding Despite Hamas Risk
- October 13, 2023
Jonathan Richie, The Dallas Express
Amid the political battle over whether to release U.S. taxpayer funds to Palestinians, despite the risk that these funds would support Hamas operations, political rivals Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took vastly different approaches.
In the wake of the recent terror attacks against Israel, newly released documents show that U.S. taxpayer money was sent to the Gaza Strip despite clear warnings that the funding would likely benefit Hamas and other terror cells.
The attacks came shortly after the administration of President Joe Biden unfroze $6 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds to Iran for “humanitarian uses,” per the New York Post. As Iran is one of the leading supporters of Hamas, this action garnered suspicion, suggesting that the country used the money to fund the attacks.
However, Secretary of State Antony Blinken contends “not a single dollar has been spent from that account,” and the U.S. Treasury is closely monitoring these funds. Documents recently obtained by the Protect the Public’s Trust revealed that the State Department was concerned about Hamas’ terrorist efforts.
Additionally, the documents show that the Biden administration believed it needed additional approval to allocate the funds in Gaza and the West Bank due to the likelihood that the funds would be used to further terrorism and violate American law.