web analytics
August 28, 2014 / 2 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



State Dept. Fights Suit by Americans Claiming US Funds PA Terror

The State Dept. has forked over $4 billion to the Palestinian Authority since the Oslo Accords. Some funds go to terrorists, but the State Dept. is arguing against a suit challenging its largesse.
Terrorist mastermind Marwan Barghouti receives monthly "salary" while in jail

Terrorist mastermind Marwan Barghouti receives monthly "salary" while in jail
Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

The U.S. State Dept. has filed a motion to dismiss the claims of a group of Americans who allege American aid money to the Palestinian Authority funds terrorism.

The Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act requires the State Department to certify that none of the money is used for terror.

“It is estimated that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the State Department, via USAID, has given over $4 billion to Palestinians, according to the Israel Law Center (Shurat HaDin). The sum includes U.S. funding to UNRWA, the United Nations body that operates in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

The lawsuit, filed by 24 Americans living in Israel last November in the U.S. District Court for Washington, contends that the State Department has ignored Congressional safeguards and transparency requirements which govern financial assistance to the PA.

The Jewish Press and other media have frequently reported that the Palestinian Authority pays fat salaries to its suicide bomb masterminds serving time in Israeli jails, spends money to build monuments to glorify suicide bombers and funds its media to disseminate incitement to terror against Jews. Millions of dollars also are transferred to Hamas, which the State Dept. itself classifies as an illegal terrorist organization.

The attorneys for the U.S. government, who have asked the court not to allow the case to continue, claim that the plaintiffs lack standing to bring this civil action and that the case raises “political questions.”

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs and director of the Israel Law Center explained in a statement Tuesday that the issue is the lack of transparency on the part the officials at Foggy Bottom in Washington.

“Rather than defend the government’s foreign aid policy on its merits and provide proof that it truly knows where taxpayer money to the PA is going, the government’s lawyers are trying to dismiss the lawsuit on legal technicalities,” she said. ”They are saying that it is pure speculation that Americans can be injured by terrorism in Israel and that the issue of funding is a foreign policy power reserved to the U.S. President and cannot be reviewed by the courts.”

Darshan-Leitner added emphasized that the lawsuit does not challenge the Executive Branch’s right to conduct foreign policy but simply want transparency.

“U.S. funds are being utilized by the Palestinians for terrorism which threatens Americans, and the plaintiffs will be responding to this motion and asking that the case be allowed to go forward,” Darshan-Leitner stressed.

The Department of Justice has declined to comment on the case when asked to do buy the Washington Free Beacon.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

5 Responses to “State Dept. Fights Suit by Americans Claiming US Funds PA Terror”

  1. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The same State Department has fought the fight on behalf of terror states likes Iraq, Libya, Syria, Egypt and Iran, not to mention the ottomans. And reality check: State does what obama tells them to, and obama will not tolerate having terrorists pay for their crimes – given his assertion that this is not 'terrorism; but instead 'reactions to islamophobic videos' and he cannot 'reward those offending the profit'.

  2. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    The same State Department has fought the fight on behalf of terror states likes Iraq, Libya, Syria, Egypt and Iran, not to mention the ottomans. And reality check: State does what obama tells them to, and obama will not tolerate having terrorists pay for their crimes – given his assertion that this is not 'terrorism; but instead 'reactions to islamophobic videos' and he cannot 'reward those offending the profit'.

  3. The same State Department that has refuse all legal claims of victims to get their court awarded compensation. This is illegal under the US Title laws but the government merely ignores court rulings.

  4. Jerry Laughlin says:

    … lets review… Al-Qaeda was once funded by U.S… we attacked Iraq on grounds for WMD's & terror activities… lol the definition of "terrorist" can go both ways… retaliation toward a faction or group doesn't give a country imperialistic invasion capabilities…

  5. Yechiel Baum says:

    why not give the USD$4 billion to the remnant Holocaust survivors who endured the camp while the US failed to bomb the railways and give arms to the Jewish partisans fighting the Nazi's. Don't they deserve it more than those who do nothing for Amercia than blow up American interests? Do you reward Hitler for your dontations to his allies? Quite absurd Amercian diplomacy? If these are Harvard graduates, better to hire illiterates since they would know better.

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
PM Binyamin Netanyahu
Bibi, Abbas Met Before Ceasefire
Latest News Stories

IDF soldiers fired warning shots at a group of Gazans who approached the border fence near Nachal Oz. The group distanced itself from the fence, and there are no reports of injuries.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki

Only time PLO seems interested in justice for Palestinians is when Israel is involved

UNRWA Rocket Logo

The United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) has come under increasing fire in recent weeks for aiding Hamas in the terror group’s war against Israel, with one advocacy group lodging a formal complaint against the organization. As evidence seems to continue to emerge of the use of the agency’s schools and clinics as Hamas storehouses, […]

Jews in Mariupol, Ukraine are trapped as rebels, Russians and Ukraine forces advance towards their city to fight for control.

One Arab tried to infiltrate Israel and dozens stoned IDF troops over the Gaza security fence Thursday, as Gazans celebrated their “victory” over Israel by initiating low-level clashes near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. IDF forces responded with warning shots in the air. No injuries or property damage were reported.

Uzi Arad launches ferocious attack on Netanyahu, DM Ya’alon. Praises home front but says pols giving nothing but marketing spin.

For the third time in a week, an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was shot down, this time in Iraq, near the Baghdad Airport.

An advocacy group has lodged a formal complaint claiming UNRWA has far exceeded its mandate by aiding and sustaining the psychological and physical assault on Israeli civilians and infrastructure.

Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations is demanding the world body take action against Hamas for its use of human shields.

A Spanish Islamic cleric near Madrid is calling for the ‘destruction of the Jews’ and prays God will “not spare a single one of them.”

Two people were wounded after numerous mortar shells were fired into northern Israel from Syria on Wednesday in 3 separate attacks.

Overnight another rocket or shell was launched at Israel from Syria.

With Hamas, fear of failure will keeps you on your toes, literally…

Too much celebrating? Ismail Haniyeh moves from the sub-basement to an upper floor of Shifa hospital…

More Articles from Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
The three salesmen -Netanyahu, Ya'alon and Gantz

Has Netanyahu ever heard of Lincoln’s phrase, “You cannot fool all of the people all of the time?”

Fears for the life of New Jersey yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, studying in Israel, grow with each passing day since his disappearance on Friday.

The case of missing U.S. yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, studying in Israel, remains unsolved after six days.

“The posts went forth in haste by the king’s commandment, and the decree was given out in Shushan…but the city…was perplexed.” – Book of Esther

If Netanyahu cracks, Israel about to pay through the nose for not finishing up the job of beheading, figuratively speaking, the Hamas regime.

Never forget that anti-Semitism cannot happen in the largely Jewish-populated Upper East Side of New York, right? Never forget.

Hamas rejects latest ceasefire proposal while Islamic Jihad says a truce is imminent. Rocket fire resumes at dawn.

A protester who shouted “Jews aren’t safe – we’re coming to get you“ got a big surprise. Aliyah? Perish the thought.

Is Woodstock still leading the world to destruction?

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/state-dept-fights-suit-by-americans-claiming-us-funds-pa-terror/2013/04/10/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: