By Joel Mowbray – WASHINGTON TIMES
[Based on Report from PMW]
Millions of dollars in U.S. foreign aid have been given in the past several years to two Palestinian universitiesâ€”one of them controlled by Hamasâ€”that have participated in the advocacy, support or glorification of terrorism. The fundingâ€”principally in scholarships to individual studentsâ€”is being eyed by several members of Congress and their aides, who say they may violate U.S. law.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has provided more than $140,000 in assistance to the Hamas-controlled Islamic University in Gazaâ€”including scholarships to 49 of its studentsâ€”since Congress changed the law in 2004 to restrict aid to entities or individuals â€œinvolved in or advocating terrorist activity.â€
No U.S. assistance was directed to Islamic University last year, but USAID continues to fund multimillion-dollar programs through the American Near East Refugee Aid program (ANERA), which is building a high-tech facility for the school. U.S. law requires that any recipient of U.S. aid have no association with terrorists. CONTINUE