Trump moving to strip refugee status of great-grandchildren of Palestinians
President Donald Trump and his administration are making moves to strip millions of so-called Palestinians of their refugee status, according to FP magazine report.
As part of the initiative, President Trump along with his senior adviser Jared Kushner, have been trying to disrupt the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.
UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem at a time when the UNHCR deals with global refugees problems, creating a situation in which there are great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not refugees but who are cared for by the agency.
It also perpetuates the narrative of the right-of-return, in order to eliminate the State of Israel.
In January, the US government announced that it was withholding $65m of a planned $125m funding instalment to the agency.
Prior to the announcement, Kushner, in a leaked email obtained by FP, wrote: “It is important to have an honest and sincere effort to disrupt UNRWA.”
“This [agency] perpetuates a status quo, is corrupt, inefficient and doesn’t help peace,” he reportedly wrote in an email dated January 11 and addressed to several senior US officials.
The report also mentioned two bills in the US Congress that try to redirect more funding away from UNRWA, and significantly reduce the number of ‘Palestinian refugees’ eligible for US aid.
Those steps are all reportedly part of Kushner’s so-called “deal of the century” to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Trump administration announced on Friday that it has decided to cut $200 million from the aid budget to the Palestinian Authority and Gaza, that was approved by Congress earlier this year.