NZ must denounce Trump’s funding cut to UNWRA

14 Sep

Video: Trump’s funding cut to UNRWA affects millions of Palestinian refugees

Yumna Patel, Mondoweiss, Bethlehem, 12 September 2018,

Just days after Palestinian children returned back to school, the Trump administration announced it would be cutting all funding to UNRWA — the UN agency responsible for providing life saving services to 5 million Palestinian refugees across the Middle East.

VIDEO: Mondoweiss spoke with some of those affected, who expressed fears of losing essential services like food assistance, jobs, water, and most importantly, education.

 

NZ Palestine Solidarity Network statement, 14 September 2018

Call for NZ government to denounce Trump’s funding cuts of UNWRA

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the Labour-led coalition government to condemn recent unilateral actions of the United State of America administration towards Palestinians which contravene accepted international humanitarian law, UN resolutions and certain Geneva Conventions. PSN echoes the words of Hana Ashrawi of the Palestine Liberation Organisation

“The United States administration’s reckless and spiteful political moves, including recognizing occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, defunding Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem and UNRWA, redefining the status of Palestinian refugees, refusing to refer to the 1967 borders and the two-state solution, refraining from addressing the illegality of settlements, and most recently its closure of the General Delegation of the PLO in Washington D.C., all form a comprehensive and deliberate assault, not just on Palestinian rights and the components of peace, but also on the global legal and institutional system of laws and resolutions.”

Our government has been silent on these actions and must be challenged to take a position which reflects the values of most New Zealanders. We observe the daily horrors of collective punishment of Palestinians by Israel whether they are in Gaza, West Bank or refugees exiled for decades in camps in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon, even Palestinians in the diaspora who are  denied the right of return to their ancestral land.   

The NZ government must denounce the menacing moves by Trump and his advisors, otherwise our silence is taken as complicity. 

PSN: admin@palestinesolidaritynz.net

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