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Why is the U.S. funding a United Nations group that transfers weapons to terrorists?

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Last Wednesday, a United Nations relief organization discovered 20 rockets hidden in one of its schools in Gaza -- and promptly transferred those weapons to "local authorities," thus allowing them to be controlled by the terrorist group Hamas.

This behavior by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency would be bad enough on its own, but what makes this even worse is that the United States is the largest single funder of the organization.

According to UNRWA, the organization received $294 million from the U.S. in 2013, which represented roughly a quarter of the organization's budget.

Just last week, after finding the rockets UNRWA released a statement "strongly condemn[ing]" the fact that the rockets had been stored in one of its schools, calling it a "flagrant violation" of international law which "endangered civilians including staff and put at risk UNRWA's vital mission to assist and protect Palestine refugees in Gaza."

As I've detailed, the fact that Hamas stores and fires rockets from schools, hospitals and residential areas is the leading factor driving up Palestinian civilian casualties, and the rockets, when fired, are being directed at Israeli civilians.

It's important to keep in mind that promoting Palestinian terrorism is par for the course for UNRWA, as the organization's schools have been caught inciting anti-Semitism and violence against Israel.

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