State Department Sued for Funding Palestinian Terrorism

Ari Lieberman is an attorney and former prosecutor.


On October 8, 1997 the United States State Department designated the rejectionist group Hamas a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO). Other Palestinian terrorist groups, such as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the PFLP-General Command were similarly designated. The designation of FTO makes it unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to the designated terrorist organization.

However, a recent lawsuit brought by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli civil rights organization, has brought to light the disturbing prospect that the State Department might be violating its own laws. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 24 Americans against Hillary Clinton and the State Department, alleges that U.S. money is doled out to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations Refugee Worker’s Administration (UNRWA) without proper oversight and that the State Department has failed to adhere to congressional safeguards and reporting requirements. This of course raises the distinct and ominous possibility that monies allocated toward humanitarian efforts have found their way into Hamas’s coffers.

Since the mid-1990s the United States has provided the Palestinian Authority with more than four-billion dollars in aid. Moreover, the United States is the largest single donor nation to the UNRWA, providing that agency with more than four-billion in contributions since its creation in the early 1950s.

The Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the PLO in 1993 stipulated that the Palestinians would undertake a commitment to renounce violence and terrorism. However, far from renouncing terrorism, the Oslo Accords ushered in a reign of terror against Israelis not experienced since the founding of the State. Moreover, among the victims of the Palestinian campaign of terror were more than 50 Americans killed and some ninety injured.

Palestinian malfeasance with respect to U.S. aid is well documented and reports highlighting misallocation of U.S. funds have repeatedly surfaced throughout the years. In July 2012, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that PA President Mahmoud Abbas deposited thirteen-million dollars into a secret Jordanian bank account, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

But PA malfeasance is on full display in even more noxious forms. According to Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Authority is spending five-million dollars a month in salaries for 5,500 terrorists imprisoned by Israeli authorities on various terror related offenses. This misappropriation of U.S. aid directly contravenes congressional oversight regulations. The Palestinian Authority routinely glorifies Palestinian terrorists guilty of carrying out the most barbaric of crimes. As recent as November 22, senior PA figure Nabil Shaath showered the now deceased arch Hamas terrorist, Ahmed Al-Ja’abari with adoration and praise referring to the murderer as a hero and a martyr. As the Palestinian Authority moves closer toward full reconciliationwith Hamas and cozies up to those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity, the lines between the two groups become increasingly blurred.

The State Department’s failure to adhere to minimal congressional oversight requirements has resulted in a kafkaesque like scenario whereby U.S. taxpayer money is being used, directly and indirectly, to finance terrorist operations against U.S. citizens. Congressional efforts to halt aid to the Palestinian Authority in response to provocative, unilateral PA actions have been stymied by the Obama administration.

Continued U.S. aid to the PA and UNRWA without proper safeguards and transparency facilitates terror against U.S. citizens and its allies. Why this absurd situation continues to fester is a matter that will hopefully be addressed through the legal efforts of Shurat HaDin. It is however disheartening to note that the needless deaths of innocent civilians, Americans and Israelis, did nothing to stir the State Department to act and that legal action was required to bring this most pressing matter to fore.

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  • Tan

    It's about time someone brought the fight to the far-Left that supported enemies of America and Israel. The far-Leftist politicians or whoever deserve their coming punishment from the courts if they ever are found guilty. Hopefully, this will teach them not to be irresponsible. Then again, the far-Left seems to never learn.

    • Gee

      Obama has funneled money a few times again to the palistines knowing it was against the wishes of congress. I think it was $192 million and then another $144 million. This has got to stop i sincerely hope we can punish all involved in this criminal act of aiding the terrorist .

      • Daisy

        Well, the far left just seems to do what ever they want, and we Americans are doing nothing about it as a people. We are not acting on our rights to stop this madness. Why?

    • http://facebook willie

      please don’t hold your breath

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "…a recent lawsuit brought by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli civil rights organization, has brought to light the disturbing prospect that the State Department might be violating its own laws. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 24 Americans against Hillary Clinton and the State Department, alleges that U.S. money is doled out to the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United Nations Refugee Worker’s Administration (UNRWA) without proper oversight and that the State Department has failed to adhere to congressional safeguards and reporting requirements."

    Get 'em!

  • SoCalMike

    Hillary and the pernicious malignant State Dept parasites should hang for giving taxpayer money to the PLO.
    Any other bureaucrats or politicians with their fingers on this should too.

  • Asher

    Helping our enemies is not what the US government should be doing…We want justice above all for Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods, and Sean Smith….also Christopher Stevens, but I think he was helping another gun running operation to AlQaeda.

  • Mladen Andrijasevic

    About time!

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  • marios

    State Department was always anti-Semitic. With Muslim Pres. in WH it reach pick. Anti-Semitism under mask of anti-Israel is in rise in our own country. It is shame that liberal Jews supported Dem's party and anti-Semite Pres. It is good precedent that Israel civil right organization sue Anti-Semits in Power. Unfortunately MSM will not even mention about it. Thank you Frontpagemag for your great job to enlighten us.

  • Arlie

    The Oslo accords was a very, very bad deal for Israel. It broke God's covenant – do not give away any of God's land that is deeded to you, Israel. Do not every trust anyone named Clinton or is a progressive democrat. They have purely evil intentions. All of American government is corrupted as is the UN. Progressives have aligned with Communists and Islamists to destroy capitalism as we know it. After we're all either dead or slaves they will fight it out between themselves for the evil power they seek. Everyone, world-wide is suffering under this plague of lies, corruption and global governance agenda (except the elite planners). God help us.

  • Ghostwriter

    What have we got for giving the PA all that money? Nothing but violence and terrorism,that's what we got.

  • Liz Wagner

    Glad to hear about this suit. It seems there is no policy or agreement the U.S., EU or U.N. won't flout when it comes to vilifying Israel to appease the world's Islamo-fascists. best of luck to Shurat HaDin!

  • EagleWindSong

    Sounds like to me if the President and the democrats would stop funding our enemies we would have a lot more money to balance the budget deficit with…but there seems to be those that have been working underneath for years, both here and abroad, that are now openly working against the people's of the United States and Israel's best interest…to put it gently…Who or what is the power behind this travesty ????? think about it……… Is it just the President or those that put him in office and I don't believe it was the common people… :O( It has been money all along…and those that have it in high places…..I am not into politics nor am I knowledgeable about government agendas but if a common person like me can see there is something amiss…why can't those in the places to do something about it …do something about it…??????