US mulls another drastic cut to Palestinian aid agency’s budget

(Worthy News) – U.S. lawmakers have introduced a new piece of legislation that would drastically reduce U.S. funding for the United Nations relief agency for Palestinian refugees, known as UNRWA.

The United States is UNRWA’s biggest contributor. In January, the State Department notified the agency that the U.S. would be withholding $65 million of the $125 million earmarked for it, saying that additional U.S. donations would be contingent on major changes by UNRWA.

UNRWA says there are 5.2 million Palestinian refugees. However, this is mainly because it considers the descendants of Palestinians that were displaced in 1948 as having refugee status even if they are not living as refugees. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More…) ]

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