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April 9, 2013 12:39 pm

U.S. Government Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit that Claims it Helps Fund Palestinian Terror

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Aftermath of terror attack on bus in Tel Aviv. Photo: Screenshot

The U.S. State Department has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a group of Americans who claim U.S. aid money helps fund Palestinian terrorism.

The 24 Americans now living in Israel who are the plaintiffs in the case filed the lawsuit in the United States District Court for Washington, DC in November claiming that the State Department had ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements which govern financial assistance to the PA.

In a statement, Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs and director of the Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin (Israel Law Center ) explained: “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. 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 US President and cannot be reviewed by the courts.”

The plaintiffs, some of whom are victims of terror themselves, claim that as a result of White House non-compliance with federal regulations, funds have been flowing to terror groups like Hamas.

“This lawsuit does not challenge the President and the State Dept’s right to conduct foreign policy nor fund the Palestinians. These plaintiffs simply object to the executive branch’s funding of the PA without oversight. It is a legitimate objection by two dozen Americans, who are the class of individuals Congress sought to protect through their safeguards. US 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.

According to the Shurat HaDin, during the last four fiscal years, average aid has been roughly $600 million per year. Additionally, the United States gives approximately $200 million to the United Nations body UNRWA an agency which provides aid to Palestinian Arab refugees.

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  • I used the above information in my most recent essay.
    Our media, when forced to report on something amiss choose to address the issue as government related and yet they usually manage to omit Obama as a factor. One thing that I loved in the above was “funding is a foreign policy power reserved to the US President”. It fit quite nicely into the theme of my essay.

  • Sonia Willats

    Although one notes that the lawsuit is not based on the President’s powers, speaking from outside the USA it seems that a President, appointed by the people, should not have sole discretion to expend approx.$600 million per year towards one cause. (Is this the rule of the people, by the people, for the people?) It also appears FORESEEABLE that monies given to an organisation that declares death-threats to a neighbouring nation and is known (historically) to have committed acts of terrorism WILL CONTINUE TO USE A FAIR PROPORTION OF THE MONIES FOR TERRORISM AGAINST THE NATION IT HAS THREATENED AND ATTACKED IN THE PAST.

    • TheAZCowBoy


  • It is true I supply some of the Intel to congress, the IRS, FBI and Israeli Security showing American nonprofits and the UNWRA are supports of Hamas.