Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Palestinians Says U.S. Attacks International Law with U.N. Funding Cuts

Palestinians Says U.S. Attacks International  Law with U.N. Funding Cuts

CAIRO - Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki said on Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to halt funding to U.N. Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA was an attack on international law.
The U.S. decision has left UNRWA seeking a shortfall of $200 million from Gulf and European states and has further strained tensions between the Trump administration and Palestinian leadership.
Ties with Washington have sharply deteriorated since Trump last year decided to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reversing decades of U.S. policy and prompting Arab warnings that it could fuel crises in the region. The international community, with exceptions including Israel, criticized the move.
“The U.S. administration has begun to attack the rights of the Palestinian people and international law,” Maliki said at a meeting of the Arab League in Cairo convened to discuss the issue.
Internationally-brokered peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians have stalled since 2014 and Israeli settlements in the occupied territories have steadily expanded.
Palestinian leaders say their political situation has deteriorated since Trump took office in 2017 as Washington has pursued policies that favor the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who is a close U.S. ally. (Reuters)