- Ella Emhoff, 24, shared link for Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund with 315,000 Instagram followers
- The crowd-sourced appeal has raised almost $8 million dollars so far, but Van Drew claimed the cash could end up in the hands of Hamas
- The House Homeland Security Committee member branded the move ‘abhorrent’
The 24-year-old recently shared a link to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund with her 315,000 Instagram followers.
So far, the widely-shared appeal has raised almost $8 million for the non-profit, which was established by Americans to help youth in the besieged area, which has a population that is 50% children.
But Rep. Van Drew (R-NJ) claimed that any cash raised would almost certainly be used by Hamas, whose October 7 terrorist attack killed 1,400 Israelis and sparked the retaliatory strikes.
‘It’s of tremendous concern and I find it abhorrent,’ Van Drew, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee told the New York Post.
‘To be honest with you, I am kind of stunned by it. It’s disturbing to the maximum degree.’
Emhoff’s father is U.S. Second Gentlemen Doug Emhoff, who is Jewish, though she herself has said she does not consider herself to be Jewish.
It comes as President Biden called for a humanitarian pause in the bombings, which have so far killed more than 9,000 people, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health.
‘I think we need a pause,’ Biden said, during a press conference earlier this week.
He stopped short of calling for a ceasefire, and said the ‘pause’ meant ‘time to get the prisoners out’, referring to the Israeli hostages.
While the President has stated he supports Israel, international support for the Gaza strikes has waned in the wake of reports of devastating hits on refugee camps and churches.
‘This is incredibly complicated for the Israelis,’ Biden went on. ‘It’s incredibly complicated for the Muslim world as well. … I supported a two-state solution, I have from the very beginning.’
‘The fact of the matter is that Hamas is a terrorist organization. A flat out terrorist organization,’ he said.
Last month, Biden unveiled plans for $100 million in aid for Gazans, sparking fierce opposition from Republicans.
He was also involved in talks to convince Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to allow aid into Gaza.