From American Overlook

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Authorities in Palestine are handing out cash grants to convicted terrorists with $148 billion in aid from the U.S.

Beginning on Aug. 18, the Palestinian Authority supplied “Dignified Life Grants” to over 5,000 prisoners being released from Israeli prisons.

The U.S. gives over $400 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority every year. By law, none of the aid can go to terrorists or former terrorists.

“We have a lot of funding that goes to the PA that is fungible and co-mingled and there is a lot of concern the money is going to radical causes and extremist issues,” said Jonathon Schanzer, vice president for research at Foundation for Defense of Democracy.

“There are many problematic questions concerning the way the Palestinian Authority disperses funds and especially those coming from the U.S. This is not unique. We’ve seen in the past, monies allocated from the PA’s budget to the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, which is a designated terrorist organization, and all of this points to a troubling trend whereby the U.S. has tried to get a handle on financing within the P.A.,” Schanzer said.

The U.S. has not yet obtained documentation of the individuals who’ve received “Dignified Life Grants,” however, reports show that Palestinian prisoners “swarmed” government offices in Gaza after authorities announced the grants.

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