Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

US Halts $125 Million in Funding for Palestinian Refugees

Palestinians clash with Israeli troops following a protest in the West Bank City of Nablus  Dec. 8 2017 Palestinians clash with Israeli troops following a protest in the West Bank City of Nablus Dec. 8 2017
Andrew Cummings | 14 January, 2018, 00:25

The two groups are also at odds over the role of Iran and the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Trump's announcement recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital is also displayed in the video, which criticises Hamas for cracking down on fellow Islamist organisations in the region.

The decision, backed by Israel and U.S. lawmakers, flew in the face of worldwide diplomacy and threatened to stall peace talks.

He added, "With the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?" Palestinian officials and other leaders in the Arab and Muslim worlds have said that the move essentially disqualified the us from brokering peace talks in the region.

USA aid accounts for 40 percent of the budget for the U.N.'s Relief and Works Agency (for Palestinian refugees only) better known as UNRWA.

Trump's statement has triggered wide protests in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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He accused Hamas of cooperating with Israel to crack down on jihadists sympathetic to IS in Gaza and work with the Egyptian government to obstruct the activities of IS branch in neighboring Egypt. "I am talking about the Palestinian Authority's official media outlets; their official schools; their official camps". UNRWA provides aid to Palestinian refugees.

"There are imperatives and requirements for peace, and unilaterally President Trump destroyed them", Ashrawi said.

The Israeli naval soldiers then forced them to take off their clothes, jumped into the water and swim towards the Israeli gunboat.

"President Trump is absolutely right, it is impossible to wait and wait and wait for so many years for the Palestinians to go forward, and renew the negotiations", said Tzachi Hanegbi, Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump tweeted he was considering halting payments to the PA.

According to Site, a U.S. monitoring agency that keeps track of jihadi platforms, the 22-minute video shows a man, identified as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, urging Islamic followers in Gaza to mount attacks on Hamas.

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