Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are two of the more than 25 celebrities and public figures who expressed horror at President Donald Trump's decision to cut the budget for UN agencies that deal with Palestinian refugees UNRWA, according to the statement Hoping Foundation Thursday 25/1).
"The real target of this deadly attack is the Palestinians themselves," the group said in a joint statement. "The decision was taken with the clear aim of stripping their rights (Palestine) by dismissing the institutions accused of protecting them."
Actress Gilian Anderson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton are among the celebrities who co-signed the criticism. 19659002] The criticism was released by the Hoping Foundation, an organization based in London and has been assisting Palestinian children.
Frustrated by the stalled Middle East peace process, Trump this month blamed the Palestinians for the congestion and threatened to cut American aid. America subsequently suspended the $ 65 million payment to UNRWA, the UN agency providing education, health and other social services to more than five million Palestinian refugees and their descendants spread across the Middle East.
While in Davos on Thursday, Trump said the new United States would pass the grant back if the Palestinians returned to the negotiating table. America is the largest single donor to UNRWA and the agency has launched a global fundraiser to cover the shortfall due to American action.
Overall UNRWA needs hundreds of millions of dollars a year for the Palestinians. [em/al]