Cuts Palestinian Refugees Aid, Celebrities Cry Trump

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]

Humanitarian Aid Group Warns US on Fund Ammunition for Palestinian Refugees

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]

US Arrests Funds to Millions of Palestinian Refugees

The United States said Tuesday it was holding tens of millions of dollars from a UN agency used to help the Palestinians, and could reduce the funds if reforms were not done.

US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert confirmed to reporters that President Donald Trump's administration would withhold $ 65 million from a 2018 contribution to the aid agency and UN or UNRWA's work. He said the $ 60 million fund would still be disbursed to avoid a "negative impact."

The United States gives about 364 million dollars a year to UNRWA, which is payable in two stages of payment. This amount of funds makes America a major donor to the world body.

Asked if the fundraising was a continuation of the trumpeted President Trump on January 2 that criticized the Palestinian Authority for disrespecting or respecting US aid and Palestinian reluctance to hold peace talks with Israel, Nauert suggested the media contact the White House.

In Twitter, Trump said: "It's not just Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars, but also many other countries, for example, we pay Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars a year and they do not value, they do not even want to negotiate …"

"We do not agree that taking care of other countries and others should be solely the responsibility of America," Nauert said, adding Washington asked other countries to contribute more to UNRWA.

The top ten UNRWA donors gave more than eighty percent of the agency's revenue.In addition to America, other donor countries are the European Union, Germany, Sweden, England, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Switzerland, Norway and the Netherlands.

UNRWA provides education and health services to the five million Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. [ps/jm]

Palestinian President: Trump Should Feel Shy

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday that president Donald Trump should feel ashamed of himself for saying that Palestinians refuse peace talks.

In a two-hour speech denouncing the Palestinian Trump-related policy, Abbas told the House Palestinian Center, he will no longer accept America as a mediator of peace.

"We can reject anyone if the matter concerns the fate of our people, and now we reject Trump," Abbas insisted.

Abbas called for a non- .

Trump has threatened to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians, who are accused of abandoning the talks. Abbas challenges Trump to show evidence that the Palestinians reject peace. [ds/sp]

Trump Freezes $ 125 Million Fund for Palestinian Refugees

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 The United States (US) froze a grant of USD 125 million for refugees in Palestine. It was decided a few days after US President Donald Trump threatened to cut off aid to Palestine in order to force him to join peace talks.

Reported by Reuters and Channel News Asia on Saturday (6/1/2018), the funding is one-third of the US annual donation to aid agencies and the United Nations. The aid is frozen until the US government completes a review of its assistance to the Palestinian Authority.

Some time ago, Trump said it would withhold aid money to Palestine. He also once pointed out that the United States regretted giving aid to Pakistan.

"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan over 33 billion dollars (US) in aid for the last 15 years and they give nothing but lies and deceit , think our leaders are stupid, "cuit Trump.

Referring to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) website, throughout 2016, the US has contributed to the agency for nearly USD 370 million Rp 4.99 trillion).

Previously, the Palestinians insisted Jerusalem was not sold and it could not be 'blackmailed' by Trump. "Trump has sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice, and now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!" (19659004) Palestinian Senior Officer Hanan Ashrawi said in a statement, as quoted by AFP on Wednesday (3/1).
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