US Halts $125 Million in Funding for Palestinian Refugees

Arabs seek recognition of Jerusalem as Palestinian capital full Palestinian UN membership

ReutersBoris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, today said that Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of Israeli and Palestinians states.

In his interview with Palestinian radio, Erekat added that the American administration wants to impose dictates on the Palestinian leadership by the way of "abolishing UNRWA, cutting aid, starving refugees and closing schools".

Speaking at his weekly Cabinet meeting, Netanyahu also reiterated his support for Trump's threat to cut aid to the Palestinians.

Government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud condemned calls by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for dismantling UNRWA as a way to end the Palestinian refugee issue. He added that the organization "must disappear" because the Palestinians' right to return to Israel was a stance meant to eliminate the State of Israel.

UNRWA spokesman Sami Mushasha said in response to Netanyahu's statement that "what perpetuates the problem of Palestinian refugees is failure of the parties to deal with this issue, which should be resolved by the parties to conflict through peace negotiations based on United Nations resolutions and worldwide law as well as active involvement from the global community".

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When US President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last month, he was very careful to not use the words "united" or "undivided", as Israel insists the city must remain. The Palestinians have strongly protested the decision, and Trump has threatened to take action against those who challenged him.

"We pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect", Trump tweeted. The U.N. agency, founded in 1949 to aid Palestinian refugees, is a main provider of educational and health services in the Gaza Strip. Privately, it understands that USA support for both UNRWA and the Palestinian Authority is in Israel's interest because it maintains the status quo and alleviates a financial burden for Israel.

The U.S.is the largest donor to UNRWA and ending its aid could have a particularly damaging effect in Gaza, where the majority of residents are eligible for its services.

The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA, with a pledge of almost $370 million as of 2016, according to the organization's website.

"What perpetuates the refugee crisis is the failure of the parties to deal with the issue".

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