Addressing the UN Security Council, US adviser Jason Greenblatt said UNRWA was a "bandaid" and that it was time to hand over services assured by the UN agency to countries hosting the Palestinian refugees and NGOs.
As they commemorate the Nakba, or 'catastrophe', Palestinians see the UNRWA as a vital ingredient in the struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
Malaysia has been stripped of holding a sporting event because it would not allow Israel to participate in the competition. Is the decision fair - and is Israel held to the same standard?
A tally by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem says 254 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 34 others in the West Bank, and most had been "unarmed [at the time of their death] and posed no danger to anyone."
The Lebanese government and the UNRWA say the boy's time was up, while his family accuses both the authorities of ignoring the ailing child because of his identity.
Of those affected by the budget shortages, 27,000 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank will lose food service, and another 166,000 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip will receive reduced services.
Yarmouk refugee camp in southern Damascus, a once-busy district, is now a ghost town heaped with rubble and mangled steel rods. Here’s how Palestinian refugees are living through Syria’s war.
General strike paralyses operations of UN’s cash-strapped Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA. The agency faces a shortfall of more than $200 million after the US slashed funding earlier this year.
Under a tight blockade by Israel and Egypt, the people of Gaza are well acquainted with suffering. Now the Trump administration will be compounding their suffering by cutting much needed financial aid.
The push to raise money comes after the United States slashed its contribution earlier this year, leaving a 200-million-dollar shortfall.
The United States earlier this year cut its aid to UNRWA to $60 million from a promised $350 million for the year, saying the agency needed to make unspecified reforms and calling on the Palestinians to renew peace talks with Israel.
Pierre Krahenbuhl, director of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees, says a 50 percent funding cut by the US is endangering basic services such as food assistance in Gaza and medical clinics spread among the five areas.
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