Palestine on Trump Aid Cut Threat: ‘We Won’t Be Blackmailed’

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PLO top official Hanan Ashrawi warned President Trump that “Palestinian rights are not for sale.”

Palestinians condemned as blackmail Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to withhold future aid payments over what he called the Palestinians’ unwillingness to talk peace with Israel.

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In a statement Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s Executive Committee, condemned Trump’s decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as the “capital” of Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

“We will not be blackmailed,” Ashrawi said. “By recognizing Occupied Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump has not only violated international law, but he has also single handedly destroyed the very foundations of peace and condoned Israel’s illegal annexation of the city.”

Her comments came less than a day after Trump tweeted that his government gives the Palestinians “HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect.

They don’t even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel … with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

His tweet echoed comments made earlier Tuesday by his ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who threatened to cut funding for the U.N. Relief and Works Agency, which provides aid to millions of Palestinian refugees.

The U.S. president “sabotaged our search for peace, freedom and justice. Now he dares to blame the Palestinians for the consequences of his own irresponsible actions!” Ashrawi added.

“He doesn’t want to give any additional funding until the Palestinians agree to come back to the negotiation table, and what we saw with the resolution was not helpful to the situation.”

UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness told Reuters Wednesday “UNRWA has not been informed by the United States administration of any changes in U.S. funding to the Agency.” Trump’s threats were welcomed by Israeli far-right politicians who are against a Palestinian state.

The United States is the largest donor to the agency, with a pledge of nearly US$370 million as of 2016, according to UNRWA’s website.

According to UNRWA’s website, there are 5.9 million UNRWA refugees and other registered Palestinian people eligible for its services, which include education and health care, in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Via TeleSur

One response

  1. I am no longer amazed how deep some western politicians stoop in support of a rogue state credited with the distinction of being in violation of highest number of UN resolutions. As if that is not enough, they are always in search of a stronger bonding agent to glue their lips to Israel’s backside. However, Trump and his UN rep have displayed a remarkable ignorance of the fact than any US aid to the PA and UNRWA are in effect for pacification of Palestinians for Israel’s benefit. Besides, if the PA collapses, the feeding of Palestinians under occupation becomes Israel’s responsibility, not to mention the Palestinian security apparatus becoming a resistance movement too. All this suggests that Israel and its stooges cannot see beyond their nose.
    Lastly, all that is needed for a peace settlement is compliance by Israel with all UN resolutions particularly that Palestinian inalienable national rights are not negotiable.

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