Will Trump and Israel Cut Off Aid to Millions of Palestinian Refugees?
As questions mount over whether Trump will cut funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Newsweek turns to USCPR Executive Director Yousef Munayyer to discuss the ramifications of such a move.
“Should UNRWA disappear, Israel, the occupying power in the West Bank and Gaza, which is legally charged with the well-being of the civilian population in the territory, would assume greater responsibility for the over 2 million refugees in the territory which UNRWA supports,” Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told Newsweek.
He continued, “Israel is sending two messages. Privately, it understands that U.S. 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. Publicly, it does not want to break with President Trump.”
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