Republican Senator James Risch is blocking $50 million in economic assistance to the Palestinian people that has already been approved by Congress. Many Democratic lawmakers have demanded that Risch release the aid as it is delaying critically needed reconstruction of water resources and roads damaged during Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip in May 2021.
USCPR Executive Director Ahmad Abuznaid commented on this block in Al Jazeera, saying:
“I just don’t see any justification for withholding the release of funds, other than the continued dehumanisation, ridicule and collective punishment of the Palestinian people, particularly in Gaza.”
“It’s a part of the consistent collective punishment of the Palestinian people, particularly the people of Gaza,” Abuznaid told Al Jazeera.
“Aid to Palestinians promised by US blocked by Republican senator” by William Roberts in Al Jazeera.