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Attorney General Murrill Urges Congress to Defund Terrorist-tied U.N. Agency

Attorney General Liz Murrill joined a 24-state coalition in a letter to Congressional leadership, urging Congress to permanently cut all funding to the terrorist-embedded United Nations Relief and Works Agency (“UNRWA”).

On October 7, 2023, dozens of UNRWA staff participated in the largest attack on the Jewish community since the Holocaust. UNRWA’s ties to terrorism are not just the work of a few bad apples; as much as 10% of its staff is tied to Hamas. UNRWA even concealed a Hamas command center beneath its headquarters and stored hidden weapons in UNRWA schools.

Not only has UNRWA aided terrorism, it has fueled antisemitic hate. Nearly 300,000 Palestinian children in Gaza attend UNRWA schools, where they have been indoctrinated by antisemitic teachers with textbooks and education materials that even the European Parliament have warned promote violence and antisemitism.

"Tax dollars from the hard-working men and women of Louisiana should not be funding an organization tied to the terror organization Hamas. I join my fellow attorneys general in calling for the United States Congress to permanently ban American funding to the United Nation’s Relief and Works Agency," said Attorney General Murrill.

The States urge Congress to cut all funding to UNRWA. After the barbaric October 7 terror attacks, there is no excuse to pay UNRWA a single cent, much less billions of dollars.

Louisiana is joined by Iowa and South Carolina, who co-led the letter. Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming also signed on.