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Germany outlaws charity over alleged Hamas links


Global Response to PA Breaches of the Oslo Accords



Germany outlaws charity over alleged Hamas links

Authorities believe the Internationale Humanitaere Hilfsorganisation (IHH), which is registered in Frankfurt, has been funneling money to Hamas.

Australia diverts Palestinian money amid fears of support for terrorists

The Turnbull government is stopping its $10 million funding to the Palestinian government through the World Bank out of concern it might be freeing up other money to support convicted terrorists. Instead, the money will be spent through a United Nations program to pay for health care, food, water, improved sanitation and shelter, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said in a statement on Monday.
The Age, David Wroe

International Aid to the Palestinians: Between Politicization and Development

Following the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993, an international conference was held in Washington to assure the financial solvency of the newly-established Palestinian National Authority (PA). Key goals at the time included financing economic development in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, contributing to stability in the Middle East, and introducing liberalized markets while also working to sustain democratic institutions and protect human rights.
Arab Center Washington DC, Omar Shaban

Biden administration to restore $235m in US aid to Palestinians

US President Joe Biden's administration plans to provide $235m (£171m) of aid to Palestinians, restoring part of the assistance cut by Donald Trump. Two-thirds will go to the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, Unrwa, which has suffered a financial crisis since it lost $360m of US funding in 2018. Mr Biden wants to "restore credible engagement" by the Palestinians in long-stalled peace talks with Israel.

U.S. to cut indirect aid to Palestinians

Senior State Department officials says U.S. to cancel or suspend more than USD 240 million in projects aimed at assisting Palestinians out of concern money could go to help new Hamas leadership

Crucial PA admission: UNRWA is a political, not a humanitarian organization

Donor countries should be concerned about what is happening with their money. The international community is giving UNRWA a billion dollars this year because it wants to solve the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugee camps’ residents. However, contrary to the goals of the donors, the PA insists that UNRWA is a political organization serving the political goals of the PA and the PLO

Is the decision to renew US funding to UNRWA consistent with US law?

The Biden administration recently announced that it will contribute an additional US$135.8 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the UN body that exclusively serves the Palestinian refugees. According to the announcement, the latest sum will be additional to the initial US$150 million pledged by the US in April and the US$33 million pledged following the May war. The contribution was made possible after the signing of a new framework agreement between the US and UNRWA. While the process would appear to be a reflection of good governance and diligence, in practice, the decision to renew US funding to UNRWA raises a number of pressing issues.
Maurice Hirsch, PMW

Middle East: ‘No justification’ for terrorism or violence against civilians, Security Council hears

Despite “inflammatory rhetoric and violent clashes” between Palestinians and Israeli Security Forces (ISF) at the Holy Sites, Tor Wennesland said that the situation in Jerusalem remains “relatively calm.”
United Nations

USA: House Passes Taylor Force Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1164, the Taylor Force Act.
Foreign Affairs Committee GOP

European Parliament passes resolutions condemning Palestinian failure to stop hate in school textbooks

The resolutions were adopted as amendments by the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control by MEPs across the EU political spectrum including members of the three largest political groups, the Center-Right European People’s Party (EPP), the left leaning Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the liberal Renew Europe (RE) party. The resolutions were passed by over 60% majority of the European Parliament, writes Yossi Lempkowicz.

Norway to withhold funding to Palestinians over hateful, violent textbooks

The European Union commissioned a report by the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research following a report by the NGO IMPACT-se that found incitement to hatred and violence.
Jerusalem Post

EU Foreign Affairs Committee Blasts UNRWA Chief over Palestinian Textbooks

The chair of the E.U. Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee, MEP David McAllister, called UNRWA’s failure to address hate education an “endless saga” and demanded “sustainable improvements.”
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