The U.S. Supreme Court ruled yesterday to uphold the federal law banning any aid, humanitarian, as well as military, to terrorist groups. The decision came with the support of liberals and conservatives on the Court. Even the Obama administration stated:
The material support law is one of its most important terror-fighting tools. It has been used about 150 times since Sept. 11, resulting in 75 convictions. Most of those cases involved money and other substantial support for terrorist groups.
The Court’s ruling comes within a couple of weeks of the Gaza Flotilla incident that is still making waves in Israel and the United States. As of now, no less than three commissions are investigating Israel’s actions of self defense against Hamas and those who have tried to assist them. Even more interesting is the fact that Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn openly and notoriously offered support to the Free Gaza Movement that organized the illegal flotilla in support of Hamas.
Although Ayers’ and Dohrn’s names have not been floated, a bipartisan Congressional group is attempting to apply federal law prohibiting U. S. citizens from providing aid to Hamas. In a June 10 press conference, Congressman Brad Sherman’s Office (D) released the following statement:
In fact, the United States Agency for International Development gives grants to the following additional organizations for Gaza aid operations: American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA), Catholic Relief Services (CRS), CHF International, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Mercy Corps, Relief International, Save the Children, World Vision, and World Food Program. All of these organizations accept private donations.
The Israeli government and the United Nations operate aid corridors at land-border crossings. These allow the Israeli government to ensure that no weapons are brought into the territory and that the aid makes its way to groups that will provide it to the Gaza people, not to Hamas or other terrorists.
It is a crime to provide assistance of any kind to Hamas, which is a foreign terrorist organization. However one feels about the blockade and embargo or the wider politics of the Arab-Israeli dispute, people subject to United States (U.S.) jurisdiction cannot provide assistance to groups designated by the U.S. government as terrorist organizations. By bypassing the legitimate aid corridors, the participants in the flotilla knew that the material they carried would be given to Hamas once the ships reached Gaza’s port.
What more do we need? Progressives and conservatives in the Supreme Court, the White House, and Congress all agree that U.S. citizens offering support, even humanitarian aid, to Hamas should be prosecuted. The role of Ayers and Dohrn is also well documented in this case. Not satisfied with their own terrorist past, they now apparently assist the Radical Islamic organization Hamas. Isn’t it time for the F.B.I. to launch a full investigation?
P.S. If you are not convinced, watch this brief video from 1998 when Ayers and Dohrn were asked if they regretted their past acts of terrorism.