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The U.S. Agency for International Development gave Gaza’s Islamic University $140,000 in 2005 - 2006, mainly for scholarships. Unlike other aid recipients, grantees need not pledge to avoid terrorist activity. Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin launched Islamic University in 1978. Sixteen of its instructors are Hamas parliamentarians. Hamas’ prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, is an Islamic University trustee.

AID last year gave $2.3 million to the West Bank’s Al-Quds University. Just as American schools host College Democrat and College Republican clubs, Al-Quds boasts campus chapters of Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In January, Al-Quds staged a weeklong celebration of Yahyah Ayyash, “the shahid [martyr] engineer” who, in the 1990s, invented the suicide belt and trained Islamofascist bomb makers.

According to a local newspaper translated by Palestinian Media Watch, Al Quds administrator Yusuf Dhiyab opened the festivities by discussing “the mark that the shahids left on the history of the Palestinian nation and how they succeeded in uniting the nation.”

“Providing U.S. assistance to a terrorist-controlled university in Gaza was out of the question and, in fact, violates U.S. law,” Rep. Tom Lantos (D., California) said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing last month. “This outrageous support for terrorism must and will end.”


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