Even as Hamas continues to hold civilian hostages, including about 10 Americans, no less than 17 Hamas-linked charities are operating in the open, sending money to Hamas or Hamas proxies and sometimes spreading Hamas propaganda in return.
A Middle East Forum investigation published in the Focus on Western Islam documents over $260 million donated to Hamas-aligned 501(c)3, tax-exempt charitable organizations. According to the report, “Donors include the foundation arms of household companies such as PayPal, Fidelity, Shell, J.P. Morgan, Bank of America, Schwab, along with major philanthropic charities such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”
When the FBI is making a lot of noise about increasing the pace of its investigations into people with Hamas connections, somehow, these charities that are pumping money into Hamas while giving the donors millions of dollars in tax breaks are on no one’s radar.
It isn’t only large corporations and philanthropies that are supplying Hamas that contribute to Hamas’ estimated annual budget of $2 to $3 billion. The US government also funds some of the groups with direct, in-your-face ties to US-designated terror organizations. For instance, American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) works closely with the Unlimited Friends Association, is aligned with senior Hamas leaders, and advocates killing Jews.
UFA often hosts events to sponsor “the families of martyrs and prisoners.” These events include collaboration with prominent Hamas figures such as Mustafa Sawwaf, who calls “Israel’s disappearance … a necessity [according to] the Koran”; as well as Mohamed Abu-Shkian, a senior Hamas leader who praises the “strikes of the mujahideen” and leads events in Gaza lionizing slain terrorist operatives.
On its social media, UFA encourages violent hatred against Jews, publishing posts on its official Facebook page promising to “free Al-Aqsa Al-Sharif from the filth of the most dirty Jews.”
Yet, ANERA is a regular recipient of US grants.
The faucet was shut off during the Trump administration, but it has received over $2 million each year of the Biden regime.
This is not to pick on one of Hamas’ many donors. But when there are obvious connections between a so-called charity in the US and a designated international terrorist organization, one has to ask not only why they are still in business but why our government is giving them money. If charities can’t find non-terrorist partners in an area, then maybe, now, stay with me here because this is going to get wild; they shouldn’t work in the area.