The State Department announced Monday that the U.S. is providing an immediate $6 million dollars of funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), an organization that has been accused of aiding and abetting Palestinian terrorist groups.
The State Department press release regarding the “Humanitarian Assistance” read:
In response to the devastating crisis in Yarmouk, Ambassador Samantha Power, the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced April 24 that the United States is providing an additional $6 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
This contribution will go toward the Yarmouk Emergency Call for Funds to provide urgent aid, reinforcing our support for not only those trapped in Yarmouk, but all Palestinian refugees and Syrian civilians for whom UNRWA provides a life-line. Yarmouk has been under siege by regime forces since mid-2013, and as many as 18,000 civilians remain there, 3,500 of whom are children. Throughout this siege, including the recent takeover of the neighborhood by ISIL, civilians have experienced severe restrictions on food, medicine, clean water, and electricity that have left the population on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe.
The United States remains committed to addressing the needs of the Palestinian people, and this funding comes in addition to the more than $57 million in humanitarian assistance the United States Government has provided UNRWA’s Syria crisis response in 2015, bringing total U.S. contributions to over $63 million.
The United States continues to be UNRWA’s largest funder, contributing hundreds of millions of dollars to the Palestinian refugee organization each year.
Videos have shown that some UNRWA schools in the Palestinian territories preach radical jihadist doctrines to grade-school children, indoctrinating them with genocidal ideals against Israel and its Jewish community.
During the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas, reports found that on at least three occasions, the UNRWA schools were used by Hamas militants to stockpile missiles. The sites frequently provided cover for offensive attacks against Israel’s civilian population centers.