Biden Administration Invests $100,000 in Palestinian Women’s Wellness Project

(HorizonPost.com) – Just weeks before the October 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, the US State Department approved a $100,000 grant to “Free to Run,” a US-based nonprofit group, to increase “Palestinian girls’ and young women’s resilience through running,” the Washington Examiner reported.

On its website, “Free to Run” said it seeks “to increase the opportunity for women and girls to engage in public life” in “areas of conflict” by using sports.

The grant was awarded through State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and is an example of how the federal government spends taxpayer money to fund initiatives for the Palestinian people, something Republican lawmakers oppose.

The $100,000 grant will be used for a “Free to Run” program in the West Bank.

Since the October 7 attack, Republican lawmakers have expressed concern about how much taxpayer money is going to the West Bank and Gaza, particularly over the risk that the money could end up in the hands of Palestinian terror groups.

House Foreign Affairs Committee member Tim Burchett (R-TN) told the Washington Examiner that he did not understand why the federal government would use taxpayer money on a “running program halfway across the world” when the United States has “so many issues” that need to be fixed at home.

Texas Republican Rep. Troy Nehls told the Washington Examiner that the administration’s spending habits have confused him. He said while none of this surprises him, awarding grants like the one to “Free to Run” should “frustrate the hell out of the American people.”

Homeland Security Committee member Anthony D’Esposito (R-NY) told the Washington Examiner that there are American schools that serve “disadvantaged youth” here at home that “struggle with funding shortages.” He said it was shameful that the State Department would “divert taxpayer money” for programs supporting foreign students rather than funding programs that benefit needy American students at home.

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