The Trump Administration has announced that they have further made cuts in aid to the Palestinians – this time, the Administration has stopped providing cancer treatments and other intensive care services to Palestinians in Jerusalem hospitals. An official from the US State Department told NPR that the government is planning to allocate $25 million to donate to the East Jerusalem Hospital Network which is a group of six hospitals that operate in churches, primarily for Palestinians.
According to the World Health Organization, in the past few years, US funds have paid for Palestinians to go to these hospitals to receive medical treatment that cannot be treated in the West Bank and Gaza – from heart and eye surgery to neonatal intensive care and child dialysis. President Trump said he has cut aid to the Palestinians and force them to reach a peace agreement with Israel.
Palestinian Authority minister for Jerusalem affairs, Adnan Hussein has said “This is not surprising at all. Let America know that all these acts will not change our position toward our cause one bit. On the contrary, it consolidates our positions toward every issue, including Jerusalem.”
These East Jerusalem hospitals have recently received preferential treatment from the United States which is one of the few projects in the United States that has exempted the “Taylor Artillery,” a new law that restricts Palestinians from assisting Palestinians in protest against Palestinian attacks on Israel. This is the third consecutive Friday that US officials have revealed Palestinian cuts.
Last week, officials said that the United States would no longer provide funds to UN agencies to open schools and clinics for Palestine refugees, equivalent to cutting $300 million in expected aid. In the previous week, officials said that the United States is cutting more than 200 million U.S. dollars for humanitarian and development assistance in the West Bank and Gaza.