Joe Biden Plans to Send $200+ Million in Palestinian Foreign Aid
When President Donald Trump stopped sending $400 million in aid to Palestinians in 2018, it was the first time in around 70 years that funding stopped.
But on April 7, 2021, President Joe Biden restarted the funding of up to $110 million. Soon after, Hamas rockets rained on Israel.
Then, in May, Biden announced another $110 million in funding to help the Palestinians rebuild – after Israel fired back and defended itself from 4,000 rockets.
Since 1950, American taxpayers have sent more than $6.3 billion to subsidize Palestinian refugees living in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. The money was sent through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.
In 2016, his last year in office, President Barack Obama sent $359 million to the Palestinian Authority, a practice that Trump ended in part because some of the funding was used to pay pensions to families of dead terrorists who they call “martyrs.”
The Wall Street Journal called this practice of funding dead terrorist families, “pay for slay.”
Those UNRWA funds from the U.S. hit its peak during the Obama administration, $398.7 million and $390.5 million in 2014 and 2015, respectively.
In May 2018, the U.S. relocated its embassy to Jerusalem, angering Palestinians. In August of that year, the Trump administration froze all further funding to UNRWA. Despite the rhetoric and predictions of doom, the area was relatively peaceful for a few years.
However, the late Saeb Erekat, then-secretary general of the PLO, accused the U.S. of violating international law.
“There is an international obligation to assist and support it until all the problems of the Palestinian refugees are solved,” he said in 2018.
Certainly, the American taxpayer does not have a continuing 71+ year obligation to subsidize anyone overseas.
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