Despite USAID’s claim of having a vetting process to ensure grant recipients have no ties to terrorism, it has failed to prevent American taxpayers’ funds from being used to support organizations linked to terrorist groups. A recent Civic Participation and Community Engagement grant of almost $80,000 was awarded by USAID to the Palestinian nonprofit, the Community Development & Continuing Education Institute (CDCEI). However, NGO Monitor’s report revealed that Imad Al-Zeer, the board chairman of CDCEI, was photographed at a celebration event in 2019 with the U.S.-designated terrorist group Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). The report also found that other board members, including Mike Salman, had posted on Facebook celebrating the anniversary of the death of “prince of martyrs, Khalil Al-Wazir,” while Jiries Abu Ghannam and Rana Abu Farha had social media posts glorifying Palestinian terrorists and their attacks against Israel.
Palestinian Group Received Handout From Biden Admin Despite Leaders Cheering For Terrorists: REPORT https://t.co/mcMAtsjSMr
— US Burning (@UsBurning) March 3, 2023
The CDCEI’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, aimed at pressuring businesses to withdraw support for Israel to protest against alleged apartheid policies, highlights the organization’s lack of concern for U.S. values and objectives. It is unacceptable that U.S. taxpayers are inadvertently financing a group that is actively working against their interests.
Biden Admin Awards Grant to Palestinian Activist Group Whose Leaders Hailed Terrorist as 'Hero Fighter'
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) March 3, 2023
The United States government must take responsibility for its mistakes and ensure that all grant recipients are thoroughly vetted before receiving any funds. It is unacceptable that taxpayer money is being used to support a group that is affiliated with terrorism and actively works against U.S. values. We must hold our government accountable and demand that they take steps to ensure that this does not happen again.
It is clear that the United States government has failed to protect American taxpayers from funding organizations with ties to terrorism. It is for this reason that we should be more cautious about vetting potential grant recipients. We must ensure that our government is taking the necessary steps to ensure that taxpayer money is not being used to fund groups that are affiliated with terrorism or actively work against U.S. values. It is time for us to take a stand and demand that our government take responsibility for its mistakes and ensure that all grant recipients are thoroughly vetted before receiving any funds.
Source: The Daily Caller