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04 February 2009

How to Avoid Funding Hamas: Scrutinize Those Who Receive U.S. Aid

from Counterterrorism Blog by Matthew Levitt

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is one of the primary vehicles the U.S. government intends to use to provide newly pledged aid to Gaza. Amazingly, the agency is resisting efforts to implement a program to ensure that U.S. funds do not inadvertently support terrorism.

On Friday, the U.S. government announced that President Obama has authorized the use of $20.3 million to address critical post-conflict humanitarian needs in Gaza. Under the system as it exists today, some or all of those funds could end up in Hamas coffers.

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