Biden admin takes major loss in lawsuit over taxpayer dollars sent to Palestinian Authority

 October 16, 2023

The Biden administration just took a nasty loss in court, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for the struggling president. 

According to Townhall, Judge Matthew J. Kacsmary, a Texas-based federal judge, advanced a 2022 lawsuit filed against the Biden administration by the America First Legal (AFL), in which the group claimed that Biden and his top officials approved payments to the Palestinian Authority, therefore likely having those funds end up in the hands of terrorists.

The AFL claims that U.S. taxpayer funds, to the tune of $1 billion, were sent by Biden and Secretary of State Atony Blinken to "directly benefit and subsidize the Palestinian Authority," which is known for funneling money to terrorists organizations and specifically, it's "Pay to Slay" program.

Former President Donald Trump had frozen any funds from funding the PA during his time in the White House.

Slam dunk

The federal judge overseeing the case held nothing back in his order.

The AFL's "recent production of records shows that the Government knew its economic support fund (ESF) funding in the West Bank and Gaza was benefiting Palestinian terrorists, thereby ‘increasing the risk of terrorist attacks against the Plaintiffs and others similarly situated.'"

He added, "They aver that the Government's ‘admission that its activities in the West Bank and Gaza benefit Hamas suggests, with reasonable particularity, the possible existence of other facts, currently hidden, establishing traceability.’ These reasons, in concert with Hamas's recent attack on Israel that killed fourteen Americans and resulted in others being held hostage, provide a sufficient basis for Plaintiff's Request."

The lawsuit detailed the "Pay to Slay" program.

"Under Pay to Slay, the Palestinian Authority rewards terrorists and/or their families with increased rewards in proportion to the casualties inflicted. Terrorists who are married, or have children, or are Israeli residents/citizens receive an additional payment. Terrorists who spend more than five years (in a single term or cumulatively) in prison are paid a guaranteed salary by the Palestinian Authority for the rest of their lives," it read.

More details

Townhall noted:

Congress previously prohibited providing any grant or award from U.S. taxpayer dollars that "directly benefits the Palestinian Authority" unless the Secretary of State certifies that the Palestinian Authority is taking steps to end acts of terrorism against Israelis and United States citizens.

There still hasn't been any updates from Congress regarding the state of the program.

With the recent Hamas-led terrorist attack on Israel, it's disgusting to think that even a single U.S. taxpayer dollar might have funded it, but it looks more evident than ever at this point.

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