U.S. government funnels taxpayer funds to an organization filled with Hamas terrorists

Sunset over the Israel-Gaza war zone, via Reuters live stream video.


Topline: The U.S. government has given $1.2 billion to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency since April 2021, according to a report from OpenTheBooks.com.

UNRWA exists to provide humanitarian support for Palestinian refugees. But 10% of the agency’s employees are believed to have connections to the terrorist group Hamas, according to a recent Wall Street Journal report.

At least 12 employees were directly involved in the Oct. 7 attacks against Israel, including one teacher who allegedly kept a hostage in his attic for 50 days.

Key facts: U.S. taxpayers have spent over $8 billion to help Palestinian refugees since 1950, OpenTheBooks found.

The U.S. has provided almost one-third of UNRWA’s total funding, more than any other country. President Barack Obama’s administration spent more than any other president, with annual payments reaching nearly $400 million.

Former President Donald Trump cut all aid to UNRWA for the first time in 71 years because of concerns it could support Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which used funds to support the families of dead terrorists.

President Joe Biden restarted U.S. support in 2021 and spent over $300 million each year. Biden said at the time that providing balanced support to both Israel and Palestine was the best way to work toward a two-state solution.

But concerns were expressed as early as 2014 that UNRWA was “effectively a branch of Hamas.”

Even after Oct. 7, the Biden administration sent another $121 million in Palestinian aid to UNRWA. Funding did not stop until this January.

A Biden-backed bill moving through Congress would redirect UNRWA funding toward other humanitarian groups in Gaza.

Critical quote: Ethan Mayer-Rich of the Arab Center Washington D.C. opposed the U.S.’s recent decision to pause UNRWA funding.

“We’re seeing a pretty quick departure from what used to be a split down party lines,” he said. “It’s reckless, and ultimately I think history is going to see [the U.S.] as being completely complicit in what is unquestionably an incredibly tragic and dire situation.”

Supporting quote: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) wants the U.S. to permanently end UNRWA funding, not just temporarily pause it.

“Weapons have been found in UNRWA schools. Hamas tunnels have been found adjacent to UNRWA facilities. Hamas has stolen $1 million in UNRWA supplies since October 7, while UNRWA facilities may have been used to hold hostages,” Issa said in a letter obtained by the New York Post. “UNRWA has also faced longstanding criticism over its educational programing which indoctrinates Palestinian youth in antisemitism and terror.”

Summary: Concerns have long existed that the $1.2 billion the U.S. sent to UNRWA since 2021 could be used to fund terrorist activities. Tragically, those concerns appear to have been borne out.

The #WasteOfTheDay is a project of forensic auditors at OpenTheBooks.com

This article was originally published by RealClearInvestigations and made available via RealClearWire.


  1. The Biden Administration is complicit in the actions these terrorists have taken. In April 2021 when they restarted funding for an organization known for supporting the terrorists Hamas. In its first month in office the Biden Administration removed the Houthis from the Specialli Designated Global Terrorists list, when they added them back to the list (only after having fired ballistic missles numerous times at international shipping carriers and US Navy vessels) they didn’t immediately list then as terrorists but granted the terrorists a month to be added to the list. The Bud3n Administration speaks out of both sides of their mouths, while claiming to denounce terrorism they support those who engage in it and provide funding and comfort to those who support terrorism. Recently the Biden Administration sent top aidesto Michigan to shore up support from Muslim leaders there who have openly supported the terrorists in Hezbollah and Hamas.

    • Hell, by giving pallets of cash to Iran, Grandpa Bloodstains funded this atrocity.

      And yet there is a very good chance he’ll get re elected in part by Jewish voters.

  2. “Let them eat vanilla ice cream… I know I am…” – Joe Biden. The grift of the American tax payers continues, while prices in the US and national debt soar… under the rule of the incompetent and incontinent…

  3. Of course we are. Grandpa Bloodstains is losing votes over Hamas.

    I’d hope that the Jewish voters would see this, but they are so culturally bound to the Democrats they will continue to vote for a party that hates them.

  4. Can’t we just end all aid to Israel and Palestine. Let the Semites fight it out.
    Let’s worry about preserving our Anglo Saxon heritage.

    • How many innocent women has the IDF raped and kept prisoner?
      How many mothers where burned alive by Israelis?
      When did Israel’s “police state” attack a music festival with the intent of killing innocents?
      How many unguided rockets does Israel shoot into civilian areas of its surrounding countries?
      How many tons of food and clean water has travelled through Gaza to support the poor in Israel?
      Whataboutism is below you, or at least I thought it was.

  5. Why are we, a country already over $30T in debt, sending aid funding anywhere?
    (For the cheap seats, the debt is over $34,000,000,000,000 and climbing at a rate of $1T every 100 days.)
    And, because numbers that massive are a bit tough to put into perspective…
    If you made $100,000 a year, it would take you 340 Million Years to earn that amount.

  6. The US and Israel are terrorist organizations. They make Hamas look like Girl Scouts. Get real.

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