The leaders of 21 international humanitarian aid groups have urged the United States to reconsider its decision to withhold $ 65 million from the United Nations aid agency for Palestinian refugees, warning of the dire consequences that would ensue if the funds were cut.
worried over the linking of aid to political goals by the Trump Administration. In a letter to the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and other top officials, published on Thursday (25/1), they wrote that this marked "a dangerous and striking abandonment of American policy on humanitarian aid."
Haley has linking aid to the Palestinians with their willingness to start negotiations with Israel.
America is the largest donor to the aid agency, providing education and other social services to some 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. [uh]