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Homedigital originalsSocialist Twitch star Hasan Piker raises $1 million for Palestinian aid

Socialist Twitch star Hasan Piker raises $1 million for Palestinian aid

Leftist commentator Hasan Piker raised more than $1 million for Palestinian medical relief in a matter of days through a Twitch campaign.

“I’m incredibly proud of you guys,” Piker told his fans as the donations poured in. “It’s incredible, it’s unimaginable, it is ridiculous. This is where this community thrives.”

Hasan Piker sits behind microphone

Leftist Twitch streamer Hasan Piker and his fans raised more than $1 million for Palestinian aid in less than a week. (Screenshot courtesy HasanAbi/YouTube)

State Department officials previously warned that sending U.S. aid to the Gaza Strip could risk benefiting terrorist groups, while also arguing that such a trade-off is necessary for national security.

“We assess there is a high risk Hamas could potentially derive indirect, unintentional benefit from U.S. assistance to Gaza,” the State Department wrote in a March 2021 draft sanctions exemption request obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. It is unclear if the warning made it into the final request.

On one of his hours-long livestreams, Piker acknowledged the “great difficulty in getting money into Gaza for obvious reasons” and said the four charities he selected are “heavily scrutinized.” 

Hannah Ray Lambert is an associate producer/writer with Fox News Digital Originals.

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