US Gave $232,000 to Group Providing “Non-Violence” Training to Hamas
No this isn’t a joke. Or maybe all of it is one horrifying insane joke. That would probably explain a whole lot.
In a recent report, NGO Monitor revealed that the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a non-profit funded largely by the U.S. Congress (i.e. American taxpayers), gave approximately $232,000 to the Holy Land Trust (HLT) between 2006 and 2012. A search of NED’s website confirms that it has given multiple grants to the organization.
HLT is a Bethlehem-based “peacemaking” organization whose leader, Sami Awad, has stated publicly that his organization has given training in non-violence to Hamas and other militant groups in Palestinian society.
He did it in a speech he gave at the National Leadership Conference for the Vinyard Church in Galveston, Texas in 2009. “[W]e’ve actually done training in non-violence for Hamas leaders and other militant groups as well,” he told the audience.
It’s safe to say that the ‘non-violence’ training isn’t working too well. But at least more taxpayer money is being spent well on teaching terrorist leaders to be non-violent. And it’s not like we were using that $232,000 anyway.
It’s better off in the hands of a terrorism advocate.
Vis a vis the 2006 electoral victory that gave Hamas a leading role in the Palestinian Authority government, Awad said: “The victory of Hamas happened in a fair and democratic election.” He chastised Israel and “the international community” for boycotting the triumphant Hamas and thereby allegedly missing a golden “opportunity” to negotiate for peace with the organization whose raison d’etre is to bring about Israel’s ultimate annihilation.
Democracy. You’re doing it wrong.
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