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Conservatives Demand Congress Defund Palestinian Terror Groups

Updated: Oct 15, 2023

Most Americans are unaware – indeed most would find it unbelievable – that the United States government has poured billions of dollars into the coffers of the Palestinian organizations and quasigovernment entities that have for decades been waging war against Israel.

But it’s true, and it should have stopped a long time ago, and it absolutely must stop now.


According to the Associated Press, from 2014-2020, U.N. agencies spent nearly $4.5 billion in Gaza (much of it from US taxpayers) including $600 million in 2020 alone. More than 80% of that funding is channeled through the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, who make up three-fourths of Gaza’s population. Some 280,000 children in Gaza attend schools run by UNRWA, which also provides health services and food aid.


Qatar has provided $1.3 billion in aid to Gaza since 2012 for construction, health services and agriculture. That includes $360 million pledged in January for 2021 and another $500 million pledged for reconstruction after the war in May. Qatar’s aid also goes to needy families and to help pay Hamas government salaries. Many Hamas terrorists are ostensibly Hamas “government employees.”


After President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. aid, President Joe Biden restarted it, with a commitment that, “Between September 2021-2024, USAID will provide over $500 million in programming to support the Palestinian people.”


And, just this past June, Joe Biden announced a contribution of $153.7 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). UNRWA is little more than a money laundering operation through which fungible aid dollars are used for dual use projects that benefit the Palestinian terror networks.


For example, Germany and other European countries will spend nearly 70 million euros ($80 million) on water projects in Gaza this year, in addition to their contributions to UNRWA. Those water pipes were later diverted to rocket production to attack Israel.

Now, a broad coalition of conservative leaders and organizations, including ConservativeHQ.com, have come together to demand that Congress put an end to this travesty. The United States must not fund terrorist organizations like Hamas, that use whatever funding given to Palestinians to carry out terrorist operations and attacks like the one we just witnessed. Congress must demonstrate its unwavering support to Israel and cease funding the Palestinians.

Text of the letter and list of signers follows:

Dear Members of Congress:

We the undersigned demand the immediate and complete defunding of the Palestinians via the appropriations process underway this fiscal year. In light of the heinous war against Israel started by Hamas and supported by other Palestinian elements in the region, not one American taxpayer dollar should flow to or underwrite any Palestinian entity or person, whether government or non-government, whether direct or indirect, and whether military, political, or civilian.


The language in the relevant appropriations legislation, including continuing resolutions, composite appropriations bills, and individual appropriations bills, must be clear, very specific, comprehensive, and not able to be circumvented by unscrupulous bureaucrats.


We stand ready to assist you in any way to accomplish these objectives above. Thank you.


Most sincerely,


Paul Teller

Executive Director

Advancing American Freedom


Ed Meese III

Former Attorney General

United States of America


Robert Wilkie

Former Veterans Affairs Secretary

United States of America


Mary E. Miller

Member, IL-15

U.S. House of Representatives


Hon. Yleem D.S. Poblete, Ph.D.

Former Assistant Secretary

U.S. Department of State


Ellie Cohanim

Former Deputy Special Envoy to

Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

U.S. Department of State


William G Boykin

Retired Lieutenant General

United States Army


Bob McEwen

Former Member for Ohio

U.S. House of Representatives


Morton A. Klein

President

Zionist Organization of America


Mitch Silberman

Co-Founder

Jewish Republican Alliance


Duvi Honig

Founder and CEO

Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce


Michele Bachmann

Dean

Regent University


Governor Scott Walker

President

Young America’s Foundation


Meghan McCain

NYT Bestselling Author


Timothy R. Head

Executive Director

Faith & Freedom Coalition


Ben Domenech

Editor at Large

The Spectator

(Professional Affiliation for ID Only)


Kristen A. Ullman

President

Eagle Forum


Josh Hammer

Senior Editor at Large

Newsweek

(Professional Affiliation for ID Only)


Steven J. Buri

President

Discovery Institute


Sarah N. Stern

Founder and President

The Endowment for Middle East Truth


Mat Staver, Esq.

Founder and Chairman

Liberty Counsel


Jonathan M. Alexandre, Esq.

Senior Counsel for Governmental Affairs

Liberty Counsel Action


Barbara Ledeen

Former Professional Staff Member

Senate Committee on the Judiciary


Donna Jackson

Director of Membership Development

Project 21 Black Leadership Network


Brad Johnson

President

Americans for Intelligence Reform


Gary L. Bauer

President

American Values


Richard Manning

President

Americans for Limited Government


Bunni Pounds

President

Christians Engaged


Maureen Blum

Executive Director

Catholics Count


Dr. Jianli Yang

Founder and President

Citizen Power Initiatives for China


Elaine Donnelly

President

Center for Military Readiness

(Professional Affiliation for ID Only)


Gary Marx

President

The Concord Fund


Hon. George K Rasley Jr

Managing Editor

ConservativeHQ.com


Jeffrey S. Trimbath

President

Maryland Family Institute


Dr. Steven J. Allen

Vice Chairman & National Field Director

The Conservative Caucus


Fran Bevan

State Leader, Pennsylvania

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles


Shea Bradley-Farrell, Ph.D.

President, Counterpoint Institute for

Policy, Research and Education


Allen Roth

President

Secure America Now


Don Feder

President

Don Feder Associates


Ron Armstrong

President

Stand Up Michigan


Carrie E. Simms

CEO

For Such A Time As This


John Pudner

President

Take Back Our Republic Action


Jason I. Poblete

President

Global Liberty Alliance


Mark J Schwartz

Councilmember

Township of Teaneck


Eli M. Gold

President

Gold Institute for International Strategy


Ginni Thomas

Founder and President

Liberty Consulting


Philippe Blumenthal

Founder and CEO

Governmental Savings Institute


C. Preston Noel III

President

Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.


Brad Louth

Retired Vice President of Finance

JPMorgan Chase & Co


Jeffrey Berk

Founder

TruthTells


Jay D. Homnick

Senior Fellow

London Center for Political Research


Deborah Weiss

Founder and President

Vigilance, Inc.



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