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Have USAID’s intentions ever been truly humanitarian?

14 9 23

The decision to stop funding USAID projects in Palestine is another tactic by the Trump administration to block all humanitarian assistance to Palestinians, even when such assistance is inherently compromised to suit US interests. It follows hard on the heels of cuts to US donations to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Shutting down USAID operations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip is linked to the US Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act of 2018. The legislation stipulates that recipients of US aid are subject to lawsuits, should American citizens sue for harm or injuries as a result of “acts of war”. As a recipient of US assistance, the Palestinian Authority would be required to acquiesce to US legal jurisdiction if sued and be liable to pay compensation to the injured party. Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah is reported to have informed the US administration that the PA “unambiguously makes the choice not to accept such aid.” He had little choice, given the explicitly pro-Israel nature of recent US legislation.


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