Media Outlets Report On U.S. Aid Cuts To Palestinians

Reuters: USAID assistance in the West Bank and Gaza has ceased: U.S. official
“The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has ceased all assistance to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, a U.S. official said on Friday. The decision was linked to a Jan. 31 deadline set by new U.S. legislation under which foreign aid recipients would be more exposed to anti-terrorism lawsuits. The deadline also sees the end of about $60 million in U.S. aid for the Palestinian security forces, whose cooperation with Israeli forces helps maintain relative quiet in the West Bank…” (Farrell/Lubell, 2/1).

World Politics Review: Despair Sets in Among Vulnerable Palestinians Hit by U.S. Aid Cuts
“Last year, the United States curtailed its humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories by cutting hundreds of millions of dollars in direct development assistance and funding to the United Nations. That has exacerbated a humanitarian crisis, with aid organizations on the ground reporting that they are no longer able to provide critical food aid to vulnerable households in Gaza and the West Bank. Lana Abu-Hijleh is the local director for one such aid group, Global Communities, based in the West Bank. In an interview with WPR, she discusses the impact of U.S. aid cuts on food security and the difficult situation facing Palestinians who previously relied on American assistance…” (1/31).

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