Coalition for Jewish Values: 1,500+ Rabbis Warn That Biden Administration is Funding Terrorism

By Michael W. Chapman | April 9, 2021 | 1:54pm EDT
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(CNS News) -- By deciding to renew funding for the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the Biden administration is funding terrorism, said the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, representing more than 1,500 Orthodox rabbis. 

"Today, Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) condemned the decision of the Biden administration to renew funding to both the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)," said the organization in an April 8 statement

Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, CJV’s Israel Regional Vice President.  (CJV)
Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, CJV’s Israel Regional Vice President. (CJV)

"Neither has implemented any of the reforms demanded by humanitarian groups and the Taylor Force Act, which was signed into law in 2018," said the CJV. 

“It is unconscionable that the Biden administration would abandon the successful pro-peace policy agenda of its predecessor,” said Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, CJV’s Israel Regional Vice President.

“The Biden administration has chosen to support organizations that continue to encourage and reward acts of terror and, thus, have not shown a hint of necessary reform," said the rabbi. "Three Israelis were murdered in 2020. Fortunately, that is the lowest number since the 1940s. But if that now rises, the current administration will be directly implicated.”

On April 7, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced the administration's plans to "restart U.S. economic, development, and humanitarian assistance for the Palestinian people."

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"This includes $75 million in economic and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza, $10 million for peace-building programs through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $150 million in humanitarian assistance for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)," said Blinken.  "We are also resuming vital security assistance programs."

He added that the U.S. is "resuming support for UNRWA’s services, including education for over 500,000 Palestinian boys and girls, thereby providing hope and stability in UNRWA’s five fields of operation in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the West Bank and Gaza Strip."

However, the CJV noted that the "UNRWA was forced to admit earlier this year that its 'educational materials,' including math textbooks, encourage suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism."

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Also, on "multiple occasions during earlier conflicts, its schools were used as storage sites and launch facilities for missile attacks against Israeli civilians, incriminating UNRWA itself in war crimes," said the CJV. 

The Jewish organization further commented, "the Palestinian Authority retains its infamous 'Pay to Slay' program, which provides generous rewards to Palestinians – or their families – who murder innocent Israeli and American citizens."

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who are seeking to delay the funding, issued a statement on April 7. 

"The PA is spending millions annually to compensate terrorists while the international community pays for the well-being of the Palestinian people," said the congressmen. "A recent Government Accountability Office report rightly calls for increased oversight of Palestinian assistance to ensure compliance with anti-terrorism policies."

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"The Biden administration should use all available leverage to secure behavior changes from the PA, including ending terror payments," they said. "We will continue to scrutinize every proposed program to ensure the administration’s actions are in lockstep with the Taylor Force Act and in compliance with all laws governing assistance to the Palestinians."

“Additionally, we are disappointed that the Biden Administration has decided to resume funding for UNRWA without securing any reforms from the organization," said Risch and McCaul.

The CJV is a non-profit organization that "advocates for classical Jewish ideas and standards in matters of American public policy."

 

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