UN Palestinian aid office criticized for Hamas ties following Oct. 7 attack on Israel
- January 2, 2024
Staff, Conservative News Daily
A United Nations agency responsible for providing aid to Palestinians is facing renewed congressional scrutiny over its alleged connections to terrorism, as the conflict between Hamas and Israel continues. The recent attack by Hamas on October 7th has brought the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) into the international spotlight, with Republican lawmakers and national security experts demanding investigations into reports that the agency’s staff is deeply embedded with Hamas and that it aids terrorists in the Middle East.
In 2018, former President Donald Trump cut off United States funding to the UNRWA due to concerns about antisemitism and the agency’s ties to terrorism. However, President Joe Biden renewed the aid in 2021, sending $730 million in taxpayer dollars to the UNRWA. Internal documents obtained by the watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust revealed that State Department officials privately expressed concerns about the “high risk” of unintentionally benefiting Hamas through US assistance to Gaza Despite these concerns, the aid was still transferred.