How US donations to UN Palestinian relief agency could be used by Hamas
- October 18, 2023
Karah Rucker, Straight Arrow News
Iran is the biggest financial supporter of Hamas, but U.S. taxpayer money could potentially be going to the terrorist group as well. According to an analysis of some United Nation funds being sent into Gaza, there is a distinct possibility that some U.S. funding could be going to Hamas.
Opposite of Biden, the Trump administration stopped funding the UNRWA in August 2018. The administration called it an “irredeemably flawed operation,” and gave no donations at all in 2019 and 2020.
In 2021, before the Biden administration resumed its donations, the State Department warned that the money could end up funding terrorist groups such as Hamas.
“We assess there is a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit from U.S. assistance to Gaza,” a State Department memo said.
The United Nations does not allow terrorist groups to receive any financial support. ISIS and Al-Qaida are sanctioned and cut off from receiving assistance. However, the U.N. does not classify Hamas or Hezbollah as “terrorist organizations.”
While the U.S. does consider Hamas a terror group, the U.N. is still in control of where the money donations from UNRWA go.