Palestinians expressed their rejection of US administration decision to stop funding for UNRWA, Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Dr. Saeb Erekat, said on Saturday.
“We reject and condemn this American decision in its entirety,” Erekat said in a statement.
He said that the United States of America is not entitled to cancel UNRWA, which was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 302 of 1949, which stipulated that UNRWA should provide services in all areas until The issue of refugees in all its aspects.
Erekat added that this decision is in violation of international law and the UN resolution, which created this agency to provide relief to Palestine refugees.
“The United States of America is not entitled to support and blessing the theft of Palestinian lands and the illegal Israeli colonization of Palestinian land and the theft of Jerusalem and its annexation to Israel and is not entitled to act according to the whims of Sheldon Adelson and Binyamin Netanyahu,” Erekat said.
The decisions of the US administration towards Jerusalem, refugees and settlement represent a destruction of international law and security and stability in the region and gifts to the extremism terrorism forces of and in the region.
We ask the world’s countries to reject this resolution and to provide all possible support to UNRWA to respect the United Nations resolution establishing UNRWA until the issue of refugees in all its aspects has been resolved, as stipulated in the resolution.
He argued that “UNRWA is not a Palestinian agency” but was established by the United Nations, “and there is an international obligation to assist and support it until all the problems of the Palestinian refugees are solved.:”UNRWA is not an institution of the Palestinian Authority. It was created by a resolution of the United Nations. Therefore, the entire international community must reject and condemn the American decision and provide every unskilled skill needed to help UNRWA continue its responsibilities towards the Palestinian refugees”.
Erekat added :”By cutting aid, the U.S. is violating international law,” Erekat said, speaking several hours before the State Department announcement.
Erekat added: “Some may argue that it is U.S. taxpayers’ money and that it is up to them how it is spent. But by the same token, who gave Trump the damn right to steal my land and my capital and my future and my aspirations and my freedom by deciding to blindly support the occupying power called Israel?”
Erekat also predicted that the potential end of UNRWA, if other funding is not forthcoming, would spell disaster for places where large numbers of Palestinian refugees reside, leaving them at risk for recruitment by extremist groups such as the Islamic State.
The United States government has decided to stop all funding it gives to a United Nations agency that provides assistance to millions of Palestinian refugees, ending a decades-long policy of supporting it, according to a former senior United States aid official.
The American move was pushed hardest by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and top adviser on the Middle East, as part of a plan to compel Palestinian politicians to drop demands for many of those refugees to return to what they call their homeland, said the former official, R. David Harden, who worked at the United States Agency for International Development until April.
Each year, the State Department transfers money by the end of September to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, known as Unrwa, which provides aid to Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.
Since 2010, the average annual contribution from the United States to the United Nations agency has been more than $350 million, a quarter of the agency’s budget. In 2017, the United States contributed about $360 million.
The decision was made this month at a meeting between Mr. Kushner and Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Harden said. Mr. Pompeo argued against cutting the funding so drastically, but Mr. Kushner took a strong stance and won out, he added.