After US cuts, Palestinian refugee agency seeks donations

UNRWA Calls on UN Member States After US Cuts $65M from Palestinian Aid

State Department officials insisted the decision was not taken to pressure Palestinian leaders, but because the USA wants other countries to help pay for and reform UNRWA. UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl said 525,000 boys and girls in 700 UNRWA schools could be affected by the fund cut, as well as Palestinian access to primary health care.

The State Department said that the remaining $60 million would still be released to the agency to prevent it from running out of money and closing down. If those countries also suddenly face the burden of having to deal with under- or unfunded schools, medical clinics and other services, "this will create a very, very serious problem", Guterres said, "and we'll do everything we can to avoid this situation to occur". She said the U.S.is instead asking other governments to "step up to the plate" and increase funding for the agency. But after a highly critical January 2 tweet from Trump on aid to the Palestinians, the State Department opted to wait for a formal policy decision before sending its first installment.

Last year, Haley assured UNRWA that the United States would maintain current levels of funding for its operations.

"At this time, we will not be providing that, but that does not mean - I want to make it clear - that does not mean that it will not be provided in the future", Nauert said. The letter also makes clear that additional United States donations will be contingent on major changes by UNRWA, which has been heavily criticised by Israel.

But voluntary payments from the United States are the biggest single source of support for the 68-year-old body, and other USA officials opposed an immediate and total suspension.

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In a statement on behalf of the PLO executive committee, Hanan Ashrawi accused the White House of "following Netanyahu's instructions".

More than 600,000 Palestinians were pushed out or forced to flee their homes before and during 1948 when the state of Israel was established.

- United Nations resolutions, particularly resolution 194, affirm that the basic requirement for Palestinian refugees is to achieve their rights, which the global community has not effected for various reasons, including USA positions. Making these technical changes puts it in line with all other refugee agencies and reduces the number of Palestine refugees from 5.3 million to around 20,000.

The United States, Trump complained on Twitter, pays the Palestinians hundreds of millions of dollars each year and gets "no appreciation or respect...." Trump and Haley have since threatened to cut off humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians unless the Palestinian Authority agrees to participate in US -brokered peace talks with Israel.

The State Department wrote a letter notifying UNRWA of the decision, spokeswoman Nauert said.

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