Palestinians Need Our Support & Solidarity!
Dear Friend of The Jerusalem Fund,
On January 16, the Trump administration turned its back on Palestinian refugees by cutting millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This move comes in direct contrast to over 60 years of US support for the agency and for the over 5 million refugees that it serves.
This is the first time in American history that humanitarian aid has been withheld for political reasons, and it is also the first time that US aid to UNRWA has been “geographically earmarked,” as the funds cannot be used for services in Lebanon and Syria.
Without these funds, which make over a third of its budget, UNRWA operations are at risk of running out of funds and shutting down entirely. This means abrupt cuts of basic necessities for Palestinian refugee families will ensue.
Half a million children in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon could be without properly functioning schools or schools at all. Cuts in education will be among the immediate losses. However, that just begins to scratch the surface.
Nine million health consultations, which UNRWA doctors provide each year, will be dramatically reduced. 1.7 million refugees who lack basic needs could be without food and cash assistance, and 40,000 refugees with disabilities will be without support.
In Gaza, UNRWA serves over 1.3 million Palestinian refugees living under an illegal blockade by Israel. With 12 food distribution centers for eight of the most densely populated refugee camps in the world, one million Gazans rely on food assistance daily.
In Syria, UNRWA serves about half a million Palestinian refugees living amid a civil war under extremely dangerous conditions. Without UNRWA assistance, they will be even more vulnerable than they already are.
On top of this, 30,000 teaching staff, doctors, nurses, social workers, sanitation laborers and engineers employed by UNRWA could be out of a job.
Palestinian refugees have been victimized to no end since 1948, when they were driven from their homes, often at gunpoint. The international community, including the US, faced its moral responsibility and established UNRWA in 1949 to help refugees until they returned to their homes. They continue to suffer in waiting.
However, we do not have the heart to sit and watch as Palestinians suffer. We have created an emergency relief fund for Palestinian refugees in lieu of these inhuman aid cuts. 100% of your donation to this fund will be used to help Palestinian refugees, and 100% is tax-deductible.
Now, more than ever, Palestinian refugees need our support in combatting the consequences and realities of life under occupation, under siege, and in camps far away from their homeland. Please donate today.
With sincere gratitude,
|Subhi D. Ali, MD||Eid B. Mustafa, MD|
|Chairman, Board of Directors||Treasurer, Board of Directors|