Amr hailed Biden’s decision restore all the financial aid to the Palestinians that President Trump had cut off. “We’ve given more than $680 million to UNRWA over the last 18 months and we are going to stay committed to supporting that organization,” Amr said, and added that the U.S. was now the agency’s largest donor.
Who is Hady Amr? According to Daniel Greenfield, Amr, originally appointed by Biden as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Israel/Palestine, is noted for saying shortly after September 11th, “I was inspired by the Palestinian intifada,” discussing his work as the national coordinator of the anti-Israel Middle East Justice Network.
Hady Amr had accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and coordinated an organization that had accused Israel of “apartheid” making his appointment, like that of Maher Bitar, an anti-Israel activist appointed as the Senior Director for Intelligence on the NSC, a statement about the Biden administration’s hostile relationship to the Jewish State.
Amr’s job offer from Biden isn’t surprising. The Beirut-born Amr who grew up in Saudi Arabia had dived into politics as the director of ethnic outreach for Al Gore’s failed presidential campaign. And the Biden campaign listed Amr as one of its bundlers who fueled it with cash.
Biden’s move puts Amr, who had repeatedly advocated for a deal with Hamas, and worked closely with a terror state that serves as a major backer of Hamas, in a key policy position.
Hady Amr had been the founding director of the Brookings Doha Center and had led it between 2006 and 2010. A Times report noted that the institution had forbade criticism of Qatar. Qatar is a major state sponsor of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas. It has been accused by US government officials of being utilized by Al Qaeda and the Taliban for fundraising purposes.
“The Qataris have a history of terrorist sympathies,” the NSC’s former chief counter-terrorism adviser wrote. “It has been true that Qatar has served as a sanctuary for leaders of groups that the U.S. or other countries deem to be terrorist organizations.”
Hady Amr’s backing for Islamic extremists mirrored the support for terrorists by the Qatari regime. Over the past few years, Amr has repeatedly urged negotiations with Hamas.
The troubling connections between Qatar, an Islamic terrorist state that is allied with Iran, is a major sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood and its terrorist arm, Hamas, and the influential Brookings Institute think-tank makes Amr’s appointment all the more problematic.
The Biden administration made a decision in April to resume funding for UNRWA despite the fact that it promotes violence against Israelis and that its schools – by the U.N.’s own admission – have been used as weapons caches and as launching pads for Hamas rockets.
Currently, U.S. law, under the Taylor Force Act, forbids funding the Palestinian Authority directly as long as it pays stipends to terrorists and their families. The Biden administration is ignoring that law.
The move was “unprecedented,” Amr told reporters, and underlined the Biden administration’s commitment to Palestinian statehood (which means the elimination of Israel, as they refuse to recognize, let alone live next to a Jewish state).
The Biden administration must pressure Israel into allowing the U.S. to reopen its consulate just for the Palestinians in East Jerusalem (there is no such thing as East Jerusalem), Amr said. The consulate served as a de facto mission to the Palestinians that the Trump administration rightly shuttered in 2018, along with the PLO offices in Washington.
On Wednesday, UNRWA announced the discovery of another terror tunnel under one of its schools in Gaza.