June 13, 2021

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Donating to fund Hamas terrorism – Are the US, EU, Egypt and the global community guilty?

 

While the Islamic Republic of Iran openly partners with Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist organizations; providing both funding and technical expertise on missile technology and military combat, the U.S and EU usually provide funds that are usually diverted to building sophisticated terror infrastructure by Hamas and Hezbollah or out-rightly paying terrorist wages and families of terrorists killed in action to encourage more terror volunteers.
Funding terrorism covertly or unknowingly must not be excused on the altar of benevolence and humanitarianism. As a result, several charity organizations in the U.S, Europe and Middle East have been accused or even convicted in court for utilizing their revenues ostensibly collected for humanitarian purposes to fund terrorism. For instance, International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy (IRFAN);black listed by Canada in 2014 for transferring $14.6 million worth of resources to Hamas through various associated organizations, Internationale Humanitäre Hilfsorganisation; outlawed in Germany also in 2014 for supporting Hamas financially while presenting its activities to gullible donors as humanitarian assistance, Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development; convicted by US federal court of funding Hamas on November 10, 2004. The list goes on. In fact Since September 11, the United States has designated not less than 7 foreign charitable organizations as having ties to al Qaeda and Hamas etc.
It is therefore troubling and beyond reason that the U.S government would in 2021 still be providing funding directly to Hamas through its political arm; the Palestinian Authority like Joe Biden did on April 7th 2021 in announcing the provision of $235 million in US aid to the Palestinian Authority. These funds, as everyone knows, will no doubt be diverted to rebuilding Hamas terror tunnels and other terror infrastructure and is incomprehensible.
Furthermore, while Hamas was still firing rockets at Israel, Egypt already pledged to allocate $500 million to rebuild Gaza! If Egypt, an African country that receives American aids pledged a donation of this magnitude to rebuild Hamas-inflicted destruction on Gaza without condemning rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas, it might as well consider opening its shared boarder with Gaza to completely signal to the world that what Hamas is doing is not bad. Keeping its border with the Hamas controlled enclave tightly sealed and secure, disallowing cross-border activities with the terrorist controlled strip while providing tacit support for its activities against Israel is deplorable.
Ceasefire is in place now and predictably, it’s only a matter of time before Hamas starts another cycle of rocket attacks on Israel once they rearm. America, EU and global comity of nations must not in trying to portray themselves as impartial, charitable and veritable tools of goodwill actually become facilitators of evil.

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