Warnings of fallout after US freezes funding for Palestinian refugees
[GEO.TV] The UN agency for Paleostinian refugees warned Wednesday it faced its worst funding crisis ever after the White House froze tens of millions of dollars in contributions, a move Paleostinian leaders decried as cruel and blatantly biased.
The agency provides Paleostinian refugees and their descendants across the Middle East with services, including schools and medical care, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long accused it of hostility toward Israel and called for its closure.
Around five million Paleostinians are eligible for its services.
On Tuesday, the United States held back $65 million that had been destined for the agency, two weeks after US President Donald Trump
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threatened future payments.
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Relief and Works Agency for Paleostinian refugees (UNRWA).
"The US has announced it will contribute $60 million to the programme budget. There is for the moment no other indication of possible funding," UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness told AFP.
"This dramatically reduced contribution results in the most severe funding crisis in the history of the agency."
He added, "stability in the Middle East is what we are talking about and the potential impact of UNRWA being destabilised is very likely to be widespread, profound, unpredictable and catastrophic."
Senior Paleostinian officials reacted with outrage to what they see as another move against them by Trump’s White House following his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Posted by: Fred 2018-01-18