Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton A. Klein released the following statement:
ZOA thanks President Joe Biden and his administration for sanctioning several senior Hamas finance officials and a network of Hamas-affiliated-and-controlled investment companies that generate revenue for Hamas by managing a Hamas investment portfolio of over $500 million. (See “Treasury Targets Covert Hamas Investment Network and Finance Official,” U.S. Dept. of Treasury press release, May 24, 2022.) Impeding the funding sources of U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization Hamas is essential for combatting Hamas’ terror activities, massive rocket fire into Israel, antisemitic propaganda, and unrelenting genocidal goal, set forth in the Hamas charter, of murdering every Jew in the world and annihilating Israel.
We appreciate the Biden administration’s new sanctions.
But, we must ask, why is the Biden administration itself continuing to financially assist Hamas, by sending $150 million per year of U.S. taxpayer funds to UNRWA? UNRWA hides bomb factories and rockets for Hamas in UNRWA buildings and camps; transports weapons for Hamas in UNRWA ambulances; employs numerous Hamas operatives; and teaches Hamas’ genocidal ideology in UNRWA schools. The Biden administration needs to act consistently to impede Hamas’ financial ability to carry out its terror activities. ZOA thus once again urges the Biden administration to stop sending U.S. taxpayer dollars to UNRWA.
And here at home, why has the Biden administration failed to condemn antisemitic Hamas-supported “Squad” members? For instance, ZOA’s analysis of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s financial filings revealed that her financial backers include Hamas supporters, and a Hamas- related CAIR (Council on American Islamic Relations) political action committee, and CAIR officials.
In sum, the Biden administration’s sanctions against certain Hamas finance officials and a Hamas investment network are important steps in the right direction. But the administration must act consistently and do more to disable the funding that enables Hamas’ terrorism.