Monday, April 23, 2007

USAID funding Hamas?

In a late March story that did not receive the attention it deserved, Joel Mowbray revealed that the United States indirectly funds the terrorist group Hamas. USAID -- a taxpayer-funded development organization -- gave nearly $150,000 to Gaza's Islamic University since 2004 and $2.3 million to Al-Quds University.

Al-Quds, for example, has on-campus student groups aligned with terrorist organizations and recently held a weeklong celebration of the inventor of the suicide bomb-belt.

And no one questions Hamas' deep ties to Islamic University. The founder of Hamas actually founded the school in 1978 and several of its leaders have used the school's campus as a base of operations. Hamas has also hosted conferences at the school.

Hamas, of course, is the violent terrorist group best known for its suicide bombings and other attacks against civilians. Hamas' charter still calls for the destruction of the State of Israel. And, even now, Hamas isn't exactly trying to fly under the radar.

Gateway Pundit calls attention to the prayers of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmad Bahr (via Publius Pundit and MEMRI):

Yes, [the Koran says that] "you will be victorious," but only "if you are believers." Allah willing, "you will be victorious," while America and Israel will be annihilated, Allah willing. I guarantee you that the power of belief and faith is greater than the power of America and Israel. They are cowards... who are eager for life, while we are eager for death for the sake of Allah...

America will be annihilated, while Islam will remain.

Yep, I'm sure these are just the folks American taxpayers want to fund.

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