Blackburn Op-Ed: Helping Palestinians Requires Eradicating Hamas, Not Funding It — As Biden’s Aid Package Would Do

October 26, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) penned an op-ed in New York Post underlining the importance of destroying Hamas in order to help both Israelis and Palestinians.

Last week, Senator Blackburn introduced legislation to halt all funding for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, which is a key organization that the State Department uses to funnel aid to Gaza.



Biden’s Continued Aid To Palestinian People Will Go Directly Into The Hands Of Terrorists

The best way to provide humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people is to eradicate Hamas. Yet the United States is once again poised to enable terrorism against our greatest ally in the Middle East. President Joe Biden’s proposed aid package provides the Palestinian people up to $9 billion in support. But much of the money funneled to the region through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and other supposed “humanitarian” organizations will prop up Hamas terrorists.


Hamas Steals Aid Through The United Nations Relief And Works Agency For Palestine Refugees

The United States has sent well over $6 billion to UNRWA since its creation. Biden has directed $1 billion alone to the agency since he took office. Hamas is a direct beneficiary of this aid. When it executed the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust, Hamas came equipped with UN-supplied medical kits. The terror group has long used UNRWA facilities — even schools — to stash weapons and launch attacks against Israel. Just last week, Hamas stole 24,000 liters of gasoline from UNRWA, which the agency immediately tried to cover up. Hamas, of course, is not using this fuel to provide fresh water its people desperately need or power hospitals for civilians. Instead, Hamas will almost certainly use the fuel to power its vast network of underground tunnels to avoid detection by Israeli forces.


To Truly Support Israel And Palestinian Civilians, The U.S. Must Halt UNRWA Funding And Help Israel Eradicate Hamas

Instead of bowing to pressure from Rep. Rashida Tlaib and other Hamas sympathizers in Congress, Biden can take real steps to stop propping up the terror group and help the Palestinian people. The president should call on Congress to pass my legislation to halt all UNRWA funding. It is in the best interests of Israelis, Palestinian civilians and Americans to destroy Hamas once and for all and to demilitarize Gaza. Only then can Palestinians have the opportunity to thrive and achieve peace with Israel. Biden must understand the reality on the ground: We can only help the people of Gaza by aiding Israel in its mission to obliterate Hamas. This is the only way Israelis and Palestinians can move forward together.

Read the full op-ed here.