Gifts for Terrorists: Your Tax Dollars at Work

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Most Americans either intuitively or consciously understand that money collected from them in taxes is fungible, meaning that, while it may be collected under the auspices of paying for one thing, it may actually end up paying for something else. In early October, Congress apparently began recognizing the consequences of such fungibility when they put a hold on $200 million in aid to the Palestine Authority (PA). Unfortunately, as columnist Debbie Schlussel reveals, last year’s grant of $100 million to Palestinians via the federal government’s USAID program has helped to underwrite a particularly egregious enterprise: gifts provided by Hamas to terrorist mass murderers released in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

Each of these thugs was given $2000 and a Nokia X3 cellphone, no doubt as a reward for their efforts to exterminate Jews. Who are these prisoners? Men like Yehya Sinwar, 49, who helped establish Hamas’s military wing in Gaza as well as its internal security apparatus, which killed Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel. He was serving four life sentences for his involvement in the 1994 kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldier Nachshon Wachsman. As far as Sinwar is concerned, kidnapping or capturing Israeli soldiers “is the best news in the universe, because [a Palestinian prisoner] knows that a glimmer of hope has been opened for him,” he told The New York Times.

Other hard-core terrorists among the 477 prisoners released include: Walid Anajas, 31, who was serving 36 life sentences for his role in two suicide bombings at Jerusalem’s Café Moment and the Rishon LeZion pool hall in which a total of 27 Israelis were killed; Husam Badran, who helped plan four suicide bombings during the Second Intifada, killing a total of 81 Israelis; Ahlam Tamimi, proud of being the first female Hamas combatant, who was serving 16 life sentences for her role in the 2001 attacks on a Sbarro pizzeria in Jerusalem, killing 15; Nasser Yataima, who received 29 life sentences for planning the bloody Passover bombing of the Park Hotel in Netanya, killing 30; and Abd Al-Hadi Ghanim, who received 16 life sentences for grabbing the steering wheel of a bus en route to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, steering it into a ravine, killing 16 people on board during the first Intifada in 1989.

Adding insult to injury, Sinwar and his fellow terrorists were greeted like heroes upon their release. And in a perverse bit of reporting, The New York Times acknowledged the “progress” Hamas had made between the time Sinwar was incarcerated and his release, noting that “he came home to a world he could not possibly have imagined during his long incarceration. As a young guerrilla fighter, he had collected knives and guns. But as he was driven from the Egyptian border to Gaza City on Tuesday, he saw thousands of Hamas fighters lining the highway, carrying automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades and driving pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.”

How much of that “progress” was funded by U.S. taxpayers is impossible to determine. How much aid we provide to Palestinians in general, however, is not. A report released this month by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reveals that since the mid-1990s, “the U.S. government has committed over $4 billion in bilateral assistance to the Palestinians,” who, the report also noted, “are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid.” Furthermore, from FY2008 to the present, “U.S. bilateral assistance to the West Bank and Gaza Strip has averaged over $600 million, including annual averages of over $200 million in direct budgetary assistance and over $100 million in non-lethal security assistance for the PA in the West Bank.” The United States is also “the largest single-state donor to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).” This is despite the fact that the actual benefit of such aid to US interests “remains a polarizing question, particularly with respect to its presence in Hamas-controlled Gaza.”

The ostensible rationale for providing such aid? Incredibly, the first of three reasons given in the report is “Combating, neutralizing, and preventing terrorism against Israel from the Islamist group Hamas and other militant organizations.” The other two reasons are equally pie-in-the-sky suspensions of reality: “Creating a virtuous cycle of stability and prosperity in the West Bank that inclines Palestinians–including those in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip–toward peaceful coexistence with Israel and prepares them for self-governance,” and “Meeting humanitarian needs and preventing further destabilization, particularly in the Gaza Strip.”

One is left to wonder how such nonsense can sustain itself, especially when one considers that as recently as two weeks ago, it was reported that PA President Mahmoud Abbas will resume efforts to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal for “renewed talks on ways of achieving unity” between the two factions. This reality makes an utter mockery of the CRS report which states that “Because of congressional concerns that, among other things, funds might be diverted to Palestinian terrorist groups, U.S. aid is subject to a host of vetting and oversight requirements and legislative restrictions.” Schlussel explains that such vetting “is minimal and on the surface only” and that “we don’t have the guts to end it, but for a few Republicans, led by Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who are trying to stop this.”

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  • Jim

    If they bought cell phones they bought them from some non Muslim phone maker. Could it be we were smart enough to rig the phones for informational purposes only?

    • Sonnys_Mom

      Since rigged cell phones are used to remotely detonate explosive suicide vests and IEDs, doesn't this mean that the Obama administration is indirectly supplying the tools of terrorism?

  • StephenD

    What is there to talk about? We have a law making it illegal to provide support for ANY Organization that cooperates with any known terrorist Organization. HAMAS is a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION. The "Palestinians" have united with them. Let the pound sand. When they stick out their hand tell them to ask Hamas for the aid. We are the fools if we give them one more cent. Anyone that does (Obama) ought to be up on charges. It is illegal.

  • Brujo Blanco

    We need to start obeying our own laws. We need to stop funding those that will kill us.

  • Stephen_Brady

    Isn't there anyone with some imagination, in this process? My vision …

    Terrorist gets cellphone. Terrorist turns on cellphone. Terrorist dials number and puts phone to his ear. C4 inside phone detonates. No more terrorist …

    • BIg Irish

      Stephen – I like that idea very much!!!!!…maybe Mobama needs a new cell?

  • Vermont Yid


    • Beth

      That is racism

    • Beth

      I have no doubt that some of the greatest Christians are Arabs. If any group has suffered at the hands of muslims (in muslim nations) certainly, they have.

      Being a muslim has nothing to do with race. Anyone can be a muslim. With a statement like "KILL AN ARAB" – you do more harm than good. That's the mentallity of the muslims who obey their koran.

  • medforth

    Bosnian Muslim terrorists attack US Embassy
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  • LindaRivera

    These filthy terrorist killers lived like rock stars in Israeli jails with many special privileges, and ate the best food. Even studying for university degrees. I'm surprised these serial killer monsters were not all issued with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades when they were set free. They were given everything else.

  • Beth

    Excellent!!! report Arnold Ahlert. I find it sickening that U.S. tax dollars are going to murderers – continuously. (they are vile murderers – not freedom fighters). How much of that money went into blowing up buses with unsuspecting people riding them? or night clubs filled with young people?

    We need U.S. leaders who are appalled at murderers.

    Bravo on this report! (which should be reported by the 'drive-by' media – shame on them. If you support a murderer – you are one)

    Stop calling them terrorists. They are murderers.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Reading this article and the comments it is very apparent to me how much PC multiculturalism completely pervades our society, dominates its lexicon, and totally shapes the way in which we view the world. Even among most people that consider themselves to be anti-jihadists.

    Indeed, jihad and terrorism are two mutually exclusive and completely different manifestations altogether. Yet thanks to PC multiculturalism that pervades our society, jihad is always conflated as being terrorism. Thus, what are really deliberate acts of war are not recognized for being what they really are, instead they are seen as desperate acts of extremists.

    Thus, in the context of discussing Islam and Muslims, PC multicultural loaded terms such as terrorist, terrorism, moderate, extremist, extremism, radical, etc., should be avoided like the plague because all they do is reenforce false PC multicultural fantasies, myths, and assumptions. For instance, jihad is not the desperate act of political extremists who are terrorists, instead it's a deliberate act of war, as jihadists are soldiers of Allah fighting unbelievers in the cause of Allah to make Islam supreme.

    • Beth

      "jihad is not the desperate act of political extremists who are terrorists, instead it's a deliberate act of war" – Exactly!!!

      I wish I had just a little of your talent (the ability to write well)

      I refuse to accept the idea that the leaders of non-muslim nations are ignorant of the facts. Most likely, there is a long money trail. The voters really need to acert that blessed power (to vote) to get rid of them.

      • ObamaYoMoma
        • Beth

          From the Article" Europe, Globalization and the Coming Caliphate"…

          "Bat Ye'or says, Europe has effectively facilitated its own Islamization"

          America is following suit.


          "Multiculturalism has also resulted in rapprochement between Islam and Europe, a multilateral partnership between the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the U.N., and the Palestinianization of European policy to delegitimize Israel and cast it as the occupier/victimizer of Arab-Palestinians."

          Explains perfectly, who and what that u.n. is all about.


          "In summary, in Europe, Globalization and the Coming Caliphate, Bat Ye'or observes that the EU experience, which began as a bulwark for security and defense, a means to fuel its economy and a quest for global empowerment, has become a foolhardy enterprise that has led to Eurabia, the subjugated status of dhimmitude. Under Eurabia, Europe is now experiencing the gradual eradication of human rights, the legitimization of jihadist terrorism and the demise of the democratic values of freedom, justice, tolerance and equality."

          Wake Up America.

          (thank you for that link ObamaYoMoma)

  • Muhammad Talha