Cartoon portrays Trump snatching US aid from a young boy representing Palestinians
Cartoon published in the official PA daily The cartoon shows US President Donald Trump - with an Israeli military jet with a Star of David on it depicted as a bird of prey perched on one arm. With his other arm, he is snatching US aid away from a Palestinian boy who's kicking a stone at him. This refers to the recent US decision to stop providing funding to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). US President Donald Trump's administration announced on Aug. 31, 2018 that it was immediately cutting all $360 million of annual American funding to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). Explaining the decision, the US State Department said, "The fundamental business model and fiscal practices that have marked UNRWA for years – tied to UNRWA’s endlessly and exponentially expanding community of entitled beneficiaries – is simply unsustainable and has been in crisis mode for many years. The United States will no longer commit further funding to this irredeemably flawed operation." The move came after the US froze two planned payments to UNRWA in early January 2018 for more than $100 million, and the US administration spoke about the need to reexamine and conduct a reform of the UN body. This occurred after the PA refused to negotiate with Israel and cut diplomatic ties with America following US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Dec. 6, 2017.
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