US Cuts Aid To Palestinians, Cites Policy Differences

A Father and his daughter cross a street under renovations as part of a USAID grant in the village of al-Badhan, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 25, 2018. - Since January, US financing for humanit... A Father and his daughter cross a street under renovations as part of a USAID grant in the village of al-Badhan, north of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on August 25, 2018. - Since January, US financing for humanitarian programmes serving the Palestinians has been suspended, with Washington saying it is being reviewed. President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to force the Palestinians back to the negotiating table with Israel. (Photo by Jaafar ASHTIYEH / AFP) (Photo credit should read JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 25, 2018 10:05 am
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has decided to cut more than $200 million in bilateral aid to the Palestinians, following a review of the funding for projects in the West Bank and Gaza.

The department notified Congress of the decision Friday in a brief, three-paragraph notice sent first to lawmakers and then to reporters. It said the administration will redirect the money to “high priority projects elsewhere.”

One main issue the U.S. has had with support for the Palestinian Authority had been its stipends paid to the families of Palestinians killed, injured or jailed for attacks on Israel.

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