The Clinton Foundation is drawing intense ire for scheduling the wife of a Palestinian terrorist to speak at a Clinton Global Initiative dinner on Tuesday.
Hanan al-Hroub, this year’s winner of the Global Teacher Prize, is scheduled to speak at the dinner — despite the fact that her husband, Omar, served 10 years in an Israeli prison for providing chemicals used in a 1980 terror bombing attack that killed six Israelis. This was apparently no big deal to the Clinton Foundation — even as the U.S. investigates the weekend bombings in New Jersey and New York, as well as the stabbing spree that occurred in a Minnesota mall.
“Today’s report that the Clinton Foundation is feting the wife of a Palestinian man convicted of helping bomb innocent Israeli citizens is deeply disturbing, especially in the wake of this weekend’s attacks,” Jason Miller, the senior communications adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign, said in a statement. “The decision to honor the wife of a terrorist by Hillary Clinton’s foundation shows a complete lack of judgment and a callousness that should disqualify her from holding the presidency.”
Raj Shah, the deputy communications director for the Republican National Committee, blasted the tone-deafness shown by the Clinton Global Initiative.
“In the wake of this weekend’s attacks, granting a platform to the spouse of a terrorist bomb-maker just miles away from where explosives were detonated days ago is an insult to the victims and makes a mockery of the Clinton Foundation,” Shah said in a statement provided to WSJ.
Trump has hammered President Obama and Hillary Clinton as responsible for the rise in global terrorist incidents and made the promise of security a key tenet of his campaign’s appeal.
“The threat from radical Islamic terrorism has only grown under Obama and Clinton, and ISIS has greatly expanded the number of countries where it is fully operational. Our enemies neither fear nor respect Hillary Clinton, and as a nation, that is dangerous, and it is disgraceful,” Miller said in a Monday statement addressing the past weekend’s attacks.
Despite al-Hroub being one of the keynote speakers for the CGI dinner on Tuesday, her speech and name are not listed on the Clinton Foundation website, despite her winning the $1 million Global Teacher Prize from the Varkey Foundation this year. The Varkey Foundation has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, the Journal noted.
The Varkey Foundation is the charitable arm of GEMS Education, a global for-profit K-12 education company that has paid Bill Clinton about $6.2 million since 2010 for consulting work, according to the tax returns released by the campaign of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president.
The award by the Varkey Foundation, named for the Varkey family that owns GEMS Education, recognizes an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the profession.
A Clinton Foundation spokesman also noted that the award to Ms. al-Hroub was announced via video by Pope Francis and afterward she was congratulated by Vice President Joe Biden, Prince William, and Bill Gates.
“In the wake of this weekend’s attacks, granting a platform to the spouse of a terrorist bomb-maker just miles away from where explosives were detonated days ago is an insult to the victims and makes a mockery of the Clinton Foundation” said Raj Shah, deputy communications director of the Republican National Committee.
Mid-morning, after The Wall Street Journal reported Ms. Al-Hroub’s absence from the Clinton Foundation website, her name and photo appeared on the list of speakers at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Omar al-Hroub was convicted on charges that he was an accomplice in a deadly bombing attack in Hebron that killed Israelis walking home from Friday night Sabbath prayers. According to an Associated Press account at the time, Omar al-Hroub was a chemist who provided chemicals needed for making the bombs.
One can only imagine what she teaches and where the one-million dollars will go.