Over $400 Million in Taxpayer Funds Have been Sent to Gaza Since Hamas Takeover

Ever since the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas first took over the territory of the Gaza Strip in 2007, the United States has sent more than $400 million in taxpayer dollars to the region.

According to the Washington Free Beacon, documents from the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the $400 million spent over the last 14 years since 2009 has allegedly gone towards development projects. Despite USAID’s insistence that the money could only be spent on humanitarian purposes, many critics have warned that the funds could be used by Hamas to fund its acts of terrorism against Israel and the West.

The funding only accelerated once Biden took power, with the Administration spending “at least $5.5 million in Gaza” in 2021 alone on “cash assistance and health care” programs. In addition, another $90 million was donated to a United Nations (UN) organization operating in Gaza. The Biden Administration then announced in mid-2022 that another $316 million aid package would be sent to Gaza, primarily for the purpose of constructing 4G wireless networks.

All totaled, the Biden Administration plans to spend “over $500 million in programming to support the Palestinian people,” as described by USAID documents. These projects would allegedly include “wastewater management in both the West Bank and Gaza,” plus projects intended to help “vulnerable populations in the West Bank and Gaza.”

Further documents reveal that in March of 2021, Biden’s State Department drafted a sanctions exemption request regarding more funds to Gaza. The document acknowledged that “there is a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit from U.S. assistance to Gaza,” and added that “there is less but still some risk U.S. assistance would benefit other designated groups.” But despite this, the State Department nevertheless went on to say that “notwithstanding this risk, State believes it is in our national security interest to provide assistance in the West Bank and Gaza to support the foreign policy objectives.”

Such funding is one of many aspects of Biden’s foreign policy that is facing renewed scrutiny in the aftermath of the weekend’s attacks, during which Hamas invaded Israel on a scale never seen before, killing over 1,200 Israelis. Biden is also facing criticism for his decision last month to unfreeze $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets, with many pointing out that Iran is a primary backer of Hamas and could have used these funds to help pay for the resources used in the attacks.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: RISHON LEZION, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 12: Soldiers carry the coffin of Dor Yarhi, who was killed in a battle with Palestinian militants near the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip during his funeral on October 12, 2023 in Rishon Lezion, Israel. Israel has sealed off Gaza and launched sustained retaliatory air strikes, which have killed at least 1,200 people with more than 300, 000 displaced, after a large-scale attack by Hamas. On October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel from Gaza by land, sea, and air, killing over 1,200 people and wounding around 2800. Israeli soldiers and civilians have also been taken hostage by Hamas and moved into Gaza. The attack prompted a declaration of war by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)