PALESTINIAN ARABS: They are not our friends. They do not wish us well. They are not democrats. They are not part of the West. They believe that Muslims are the “best of peoples” and non-Muslims “the most vile of creatures.” They support terrorism and honor Palestinian terrorists by using hundreds of millions of dollars annually from America (until stopped by President Trump) to pay the salaries of these terrorists. They hate Jews.
FrontpageMag Yet decade after decade, with both our direct aid, and our generous contributions — we are the largest donor — to UNRWA, we remain the biggest financial supporters of the Palestinians. Why is it our duty, and not, say, that of the rich Sunni Arab states of the Gulf, whose people share a language, a faith, a culture, with the Palestinian Arabs?
The previous administration ended American contributions to UNRWA. It decided to stop funding the farce of ever-longer lists of “Palestinian refugees,” the result of treating the Palestinian Arabs – as distinct from all other refugee groups – as being able to pass down through the generations that refugee status, to their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on, world without end. UNRWA claims there are “five million Palestinian refugees.”
But if we apply the normal definition of a refugee, as someone who “is forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster” there are fewer than 30,000 refugees still alive who left Mandatory Palestine and Israel just before, during, and after the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli war.
A second reason for the previous administration ending contributions to UNRWA was the continued appearance of antisemitic passages in the schoolbooks UNRWA uses in its classrooms, despite its repeated promises to revise those texts. The Americans simply got tired of hearing the same false assurances from the practiced liars at UNRWA. They didn’t want to continue to fund antisemitism. Does the Biden Administration think they were wrong?
The Trump administration also decided to end its aid to the Palestinian Authority. The Palestinians continue to support the “Pay-For-Slay” program that provides generous subsidies to the families of dead and imprisoned terrorists.
In fact, Washington was legally required to end such aid, as mandated by the Taylor Force Act of 2018, an Act of the U.S. Congress to stop American economic aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until the PA ceases paying stipends through the Palestinian Authority Martyr’s Fund to individuals who commit acts of terrorism and to the families of deceased terrorists.
The Biden Administration wants to restart aid to the Palestinians as “quickly” as it can. A report on that misplaced eagerness is here: “Biden Administration Confirms Will Look to Resume Aid to Palestinians ‘Very Quickly,’” i24 News, February 3, 2021:
Since money is fungible, what the State Department spokesman described as “humanitarian aid” will only free up other moneys the PA and Hamas have, to spend on terror tunnels, weaponry, and the Pay-For-Slay program. And some of that aid will also go to fill the coffers of a handful of grasping rulers.
There is a long history of mismanagement and colossal corruption by both Hamas in Gaza and the PA in the West Bank. Two leaders of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal and Mousa Abu Marzouk, have each amassed fortunes of at least $2.5 billion.
The PA’s President-For-Life Mahmoud Abbas has accumulated a nest egg of $400 million. Why does the State Department now think it will be abe to prevent such massive diversion of its aid in the future, since it was unable to do so in the past? Has it put in place some new safeguards, given that the Palestinian leaders are world champions at such grand theft?
The cuts in aid, we are assured, “only harmed innocent Palestinians”? Nonsense. That previous cutoff in aid has especially harmed, or harmed to a greater degree, the rapacious leaders who now have less aid money from which to steal.
How does the Biden Administration plan to deal with scandal-ridden UNRWA? Will it contribute to that agency even though its schoolbooks remain full of antisemitic passages? Isn’t withholding funds the best way – the only way – to eventually bring about the removal of texts which would not be out of place in the Third Reich? And does the Administration intend to resume aid to UNRWA without discussing the preposterous definition of a “Palestinian refugee” that has been foisted on the world? How will there ever be an end to the “Palestinian refugee” bloat if their numbers are uniquely allowed to keep growing, for reasons no one can either articulate or understand?
What is UNRWA?
And how does the Biden Administration intend to get around the Taylor Force Act, which forbids the American government from aiding the Palestinians as long as they continue giving subsidies to terrorists and their families through their “Pay-For-Slay” program?
Does President Biden think he has found a way to ignore that law? Or is Mahmoud Abbas, who knows full well that, as Muhammad said in a famous hadith, “war is deceit,” planning to disguise those subsidies as something else – say, simply “aid to poor families,” their poverty a result of their major breadwinner being either dead or imprisoned for life? That might get by with some, but it won’t pass muster in Congress. The Taylor Force Act is not an executive order that Biden can easily undo. It’s a law.
Haste, unseemly haste. Makes all kinds of waste. Don’t rush to offer financial solace — sorry, “humanitarian aid” — to Mahmoud Abbas. But do ask him how he’s enjoying his $13 million palace in Ramallah, and his $50 million jet parked nearby, and the $400 million fortune — some say he now has more than $500 million, but who’s counting? — he’s acquired, and the money he continues to receive from foreign donors that is sent directly to his office, and from there is transferred into foreign bank accounts that have been opened in the names of his grandchildren. He’s a doting grandfather. I’m sure he’d love to talk about them.