More winning: Trump administration withholds additional $45 million from jihad terror-linked UNRWA
JAN 19, 2018
This is not about cutting food money, contrary to the lies of Husam Zumlot and others. The UNRWA has multiple links to jihad terror. It is a viciously corrupt and dishonest organization, bent on enabling the jihad against Israel and willing to lie brazenly in the process. Every penny of U.S. aid should be withheld from the UNRWA, permanently.
“US State Department withholds additional $45 million from UNRWA,” Times of Israel, January 19, 2018:
The United States will not provide $45 million that it had pledged last month to the UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees, Reuters reported a State Department spokesman as saying Thursday.
The announcement came days after Washington withheld a separate $65 million, arguing that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) needed a “fundamental re-examination.”
The money was meant for food aid as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by UNRWA last month.
The funds had originally been pledged by State Department Comptroller Eric Hembree in a December 15 letter to UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl, Reuters said.
“The United States plans to make this funding available to UNRWA in early 2018,” the letter said. “An additional letter and contribution package confirming this contribution will be sent by or before early January 2018.”
Explaining the decision to withhold the cash, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Thursday that the $45 million was not a guarantee.
“At this time, we will not be providing that, but that does not mean — I want to make it clear — that does not mean that it will not be provided in the future,” Nauert said.
“Money coming in from other countries needs to increase as well to continue paying for all those refugees,” she said, adding that the UN agency needed to reform.
On Wednesday, Arab League chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit charged that the US decision to freeze the funding was aimed at wiping out the whole issue of Palestinian refugees.
“This decision affects the education and health of Palestinians and aims to eradicate the question of refugees,” Gheit said at a conference in Cairo about Jerusalem.
Washington is the largest contributor to the UN agency.
UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness warned Wednesday that “this dramatically reduced contribution results in the most severe funding crisis in the history of the agency.”
Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said the freeze amounted to “cruelty” toward an “innocent and vulnerable population.”
The Palestinian envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, said,
“Palestinian refugees and children’s access to basic humanitarian services, such as food, health care and education, is not a bargaining chip but a US and international obligation.”…
Conservative Tribune, in addition also added to the Jihad Watch article:
Interestingly, other countries that were previously hesitant about pitching in have already begun sending money to UNRWA because of the Trump administration’s willingness to stand up for itself.
“Belgium on Wednesday pledged to allocate $23 million to UNRWA, the UN agency for ‘Palestinian refugees’, following the U.S. decision to cut by half the funding it provides to the agency,” Arutz Sheva revealed this week.
That said, some maintain that both the Palestinian Authority and UNRWA should be permanently defunded. UNRWA has previously been caught promoting antisemitism to impressionable children, while the Palestinians have likewise been busted engaging in every form of terrorism imaginable against the Israeli people.
Read the article Here.
The Oslo Accords, officially signed on September 13, 1993, on the White House lawn with President Clinton hosting, contained substantial provisions on economic matters and international aid: Annex IV of the Declaration of Principles (DoP) discussed regional cooperation and implicitly called for major international aid efforts to help the Palestinians, Jordan, Israel and the entire region.
Israel accepted the PLO as the representative of the Palestinians, and the PLO renounced terrorism and recognized Israel’s right to exist in peace. Both sides agreed that a Palestinian Authority (PA) would be established and assume governing responsibilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip over a five-year period. Then, permanent status talks on the issues of borders, refugees, and Jerusalem would be held. By the time Clinton left office, however, the peace process had run aground, and a new round of Israeli-Palestinian violence had begun.
Since that time, a lot of discussion about Palestine’s continued dependence on aid for survival, use of the funds other than for its intended purpose, and other matters have created a crisis situation not only for those in Palestine but for donors as well. In the main, the United States and the European Union have been the main donors with the financiers in Germany expressing deep concern over the throwing of money down the rabbit hole with no return of investment being seen.
The Congressional Research Service provided a detailed report released December 16, 2016 which included a lot of charts and graphs as well as other information about the US aid to Palestine. Since the establishment of limited Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the mid-1990s, the U.S. government has committed more than $5 billion in bilateral economic and non-lethal security assistance to the Palestinians, who are among the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid.
So the Oslo Accord fell apart. Why were we continuing to send money down the hatch of a sinking ship? Didn’t that mean that the committment of funds, etc. was no longer necessary?
Say what–WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION? What bull crap is this Palestinian envoy to Washington, Husam Zomlot, is trying to feed us?
We provided funds so that the PALESTINIAN government, not the world, would set up a free-standing state republic with economics and education being the main focus. We did not expect them to divert those funds and give them to Hamas or any other radical groups in order for them to slaughter and abuse people. Since they have been misusing these funds, then we should no longer feel an obligation to support their ragtag arses.
Glad Trump is standing by his word and for OUR needs rather than continuing to support a country that is no country except in name only. We need to use those funds to pay off our own debts or help someone who won’t spew hate and revile our name even as they greedily grab our money.