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Senate proposes $225 million in assistance to Palestinians, echoing bill passed by House

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The Senate Appropriations Committee released its 2022 fiscal year bill this week, which includes $225 million in funding for the Palestinians, mirroring funding passed in the House earlier this year. According to the State, Foreign Operations and Related...
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) speaking on the floor of the House about a bill to fund the Iron Dome missile-defense system to Israel. Source: Screenshot/C-SPAN.

After rough few days, Iron Dome funding prevails, but not without partisan finger-pointing

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Pro-Israel Democrats scrambled on Thursday to restore approximately $1 billion to help fund the replenishment of Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system after funding was stripped earlier this week from the House of Representatives’ legislation...
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Republican lawmakers introduce bill to block US foreign aid to UNRWA

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Republicans in Congress are responding to the resumption of U.S. foreign aid to the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) by the Biden administration earlier this year by introducing a...
Palestinians come to receive food aid from a UNRWA distribution center in the Khan Younis camp in the southern Gaza Strip, March 7, 2020. Photo by Fadi Fahd/Flash90

US transfers $135 million in aid to UNRWA

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The United States transferred $135.8 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) on Saturday, after signing a framework agreement with the refugee agency on July 14. UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe...
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French ambassador criticizes Lebanon’s prime minister for domestic ‘mismanagement’

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French Ambassador to Lebanon Anne Grillo criticized Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who placed blame for his country’s economic woes on the fragile domestic situation and explosions last summer in the capital city, instead of leadership. “What...
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EU commissioner calls for review of aid to Palestinians due to incendiary textbooks

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Oliver Varhelyi, the European commissioner for neighborhood and enlargement at the European Union, demanded on Monday that the E.U. review the conditions by which it funds education in the Palestinian Authority after a recent report exposed...
U. S. Representative Jamaal Bowman speaks during a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at NAN headquarters. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman explains support for bill to restrict aid to Israel

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Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) defended his support for a bill that would impose limitations on U.S. military aid to Israel. Bowman, who serves as the U.S. representative for New York’s 16th Congressional District, is one...
View of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) building during a strike in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on July 26, 2018. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

GOP senators to Blinken: UNRWA has outlived its mandate

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Saying that the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has outlived its mandate, a group of Republican members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee sent a letter last week to U.S....
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AIPAC applauds lawmakers for backing full US aid to Israel, without conditions

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AIPAC applauded the overwhelming majority of members of the House of Representatives on Thursday who signed a letter urging U.S. aid to Israel to be fully funded in the federal budget without condition, contradicting a handful...
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren during her presidential campaign in 2019. Credit: David Garcia/Shutterstock.

Warren urges US to explore conditioning aid to Israel to help it ‘adjust course’

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged the Biden administration to consider conditioning military aid to Israel in order to help the Jewish state “adjust course.” “We should talk about the elephant in the room—America’s military assistance to...