Fatah: US action will restrict the work of UNRWA

Fatah: US action will restrict the work of UNRWA

Following Trump's announcement to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel the PA withdrew from any U.S. led negotiation saying that Washington had disqualified itself as an honest broker.

The United States is withholding more than half of its planned funding of a United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, renewing debate over the Trump administration's controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"First of all, UNRWA is not a Palestinian institution, it is a United Nations institution", he said at a United Nations press conference Tuesday.

Similarly, the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah also laid blame beyond Trump on Israel.

Instead she said that the Trump Administration would like to see the agency enact reforms. "All humanitarian aid should be provided on the basis of need", said ADC.

The last talks collapsed in 2014, partly because of Israel's opposition to an attempted unity pact between the Fatah and Hamas Palestinian factions and to Israeli settlement building on occupied land that Palestinians seek for a state, among other factors.

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The statements suggests that while the USA aims to bring the Palestinians to the negotiation table by way of slashing aid, the Palestinians are evaluating other options. "Here you've got the Palestinians who are basically saying they're going to cut the U.S. out of the peace process". The PLO made a non-binding decision to suspend recognition of Israel, endorse boycotts against Israel, and terminate the Oslo Accords at the start of the week.

He accused UNRWA's leaders of allowing "terror tunnels" to be dug under schools and teaching Palestinian children to deny the existence of the state of Israel. Today, there are an estimated 5 million refugees and their descendants, mostly scattered across the region. This number isn't a political tally; refugees registered with UNRWA do not receive asylum protections in the traditional sense, the way a person who fled war in Syria would be once granted refugee status in a second country. "At stake is the access of refugees to primary healthcare, including prenatal care and other lifesaving services".

It is important to note that the US contribution to UNRWA represents neither support nor assistance to the Palestinian National Authority, to the Palestinian people in general or the development of the Palestinian economy. In the West Bank, there are more than 800,000 registered Palestinian refugees. The Trump administration funds UNRWA to the tune of $370 million in 2017 alone.

Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon lauded the decision.

De Croo said the Belgian government stepped up in response to the urgent call for help by the commissioner-general of UNRWA, an agency that provides humanitarian help to millions of Palestinian refugees.

However, on Tuesday State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert did not mention Palestinians returning to negotiations as a condition for releasing the frozen funds. Another official told reports that it was time for the other rich countries in the community of nations to step in and contribute to advancing the regional stability and security in the Middle East.

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