Tell your Senators: Restore US aid to UNRWA now!

Action Alert

A chance to make your voice heard and let them know you support restoring aid to Palestinians.

By Churches for Middle East Peace | Dec 3, 2020

Today, UNRWA is left without the funds to pay its November and December salaries for all of its 28,000 staff, including health care workers and teachers.

In 2018, the Trump administration announced its decision to cut all US aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). This agency helps administer critical services and resources such as health care, education, and emergency food assistance to Palestinian refugees throughout the Middle East. UNRWA’s work is even more important now as COVID-19 greatly exacerbates the difficult conditions that Palestinian refugees endure. Without US funding, UNRWA is unable to execute its important activities that serve millions of Palestinians. Before the $360 million dollars in US funding was cut, it accounted for nearly 30 percent of UNRWA’s budget. Today, UNRWA is left without the funds to pay its November and December salaries for all of its 28,000 staff, including health care workers and teachers. US funding is critical to help relieve the financial crisis UNRWA currently faces and to help provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable Palestinian refugees.

In response to this crisis, it is important that members of the Senate retain the provisions in the House passed bill H.R. 7608 directing immediate resumption of humanitarian funding to the Palestinian people, including UNRWA. With the December 11th deadline for appropriations for the 2021 fiscal year quickly approaching, it is imperative that senators hear from their constituents who support restoring humanitarian aid to Palestinians.

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