LOS ANGELES, CA.- Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak began nearly two months ago, we have been addressing various public officials who have let their new-found power go to their heads.
From Gov. Cuomo to Gov. Whitmer, to Mayor de Blasio and the mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, we have outlined example after example of them taking a crisis and using it as a means to run roughshod over their citizens and the Constitution.
There is probably no better example than Garcetti. This guy, however, takes things to another level. His latest act? Accepting $5 million from the Islamic terror state of Qatar.
Qatar donated the money to the “Mayor’s Fund of Los Angeles,” which is supposed to help residents of Los Angeles during the current coronavirus pandemic. Not to be left out, two Taiwanese businessmen also donated $1 million to the fund.
The money is designated to be used to distribute “Angeleno” cards to LA residents in need. The card is a prepaid debit card that is sent to “qualifying individuals” in the city.
“This generous gift will save lives,” Garcetti said during his daily briefing.
Initially, the plan was to distribute 10,000 of the cards, but with the latest donation the city will be able to distribute 15,000 cards, which will help approximately 45,000 people, according to Garcetti.
“Thanks to a $5 million donation from Qatar to the Mayor’s fund for Los Angeles—the largest-ever single donation to the fund—the Angeleno Card program is being expanded,” Garcetti gushed.
Garcetti thanked the government of Qatar for the “truly generous humanitarian gift to Angeleno families,” noting that the gift had “special meaning” as it was given in conjunction with the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
One has to question what Qatar and Taiwan will be receiving in return for their “donation.”
This donation comes on the heels of a deal California Gov. Gavin Newsom made with China to obtain protective masks.
In 2017, Qatar was identified by President Trump as a “high-level” sponsor of terror. At the time Trump made the comments, several Arab states had cut off ties with the country and cut off transportation routes over claims at the time that the country had been backing terrorism in the region.
“The nation of Qatar unfortunately has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “So we had a decision to make, do we take the easy road or do we finally take a hard but necessary action. We have to stop the funding of terrorism. I decided…the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding,” he said.
According to The Federalist, Qatar has significant ties to Hamas, a group that has been designated by the United States as a terrorist organization, and which has avowed to the destruction of Israel. Qatar is one of the biggest funders of Hamas, having provided the terrorist group over $1.1 billion since 2012.
Qatar tries to pass off its funding as humanitarian in nature, but the funding as well as statements made last year by the emir of Qatar. He refuses to call Hamas a terrorist organization, and has gone on the record as supporting the group.
In an interview with CNN, the emir said, “Qatar supports all Palestinian people. We believe Hamas is a very important part of the Palestinian people.”
In 2014, for example, the U.S. intercepted funds that Qatar sent that was to fund the salaries of Hamas employees.
Likewise, in 2016 Qatar again funded Hamas employee salaries, which the senior leader of Hamas wanted to use to fund the group’s military wing, the Izz al-Din al Qassam Brigades, which between 2001-2014 ambushed Israel with over 17,000 missiles.
In fact according to Reuters, as late as 2019 Qatar attempted to fund members of Hamas.
Not only has Qatar tried to assist Hamas abroad, it also welcomed the group within its own borders, and offered the group protection.
The country has shielded some of Hamas’ most high-profile members, and allows the terrorist organization to convene at some of the most high-profile hotels in its capital city. They have “permitted Hamas to organize and campaign in broad daylight,” Reuters says.
Not only that, but Qatar has allowed Hamas to use Al-Jazeera, its state-owned, state-funded network to publish Hamas conferences and speeches.
Among programming Al-Jazeera has shared included a vigil for the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine—a terror group with Leninist-Marxist ties which is infamous for plane hijackings and murder—to include a full interview with a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Sounds like just the type of people that mayors should be making deals with outside of the auspices of the federal government. This might be something maybe the Department of Justice may just want to investigate.
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