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Global Response to PA Breaches of the Oslo Accords
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.
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.”
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.
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