Congressman pushes ban on tax dollars to Hamas-tied UN agency

Congressman pushes ban on tax dollars to Hamas-tied UN agency

  • January 29, 2024

Gabe Kaminsky, Washington Examiner

EXCLUSIVE — A new congressional proposal would prohibit federal dollars from being directed to a Hamas-linked United Nations agency dishing out Palestinian aid.

The State Department revealed Friday it paused funding to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency and is reviewing allegations that 12 of the office’s employees may have participated in the Hamas-led Oct. 7 massacre of more than 1,200 people in the Jewish state of Israel. On the heels of multiple countries also halting aid to UNRWA, Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) is introducing legislation Monday aiming to gut the office to the very core, according to a copy of the bill text obtained by the Washington Examiner.

Internal documents obtained by the watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust show the Biden administration worried in 2021 that there was a “high risk” of Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist factions benefiting from restarting aid to Gaza.

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