United States freezes payment to United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

Hazem Qassem, a Hamas spokesmen in Gaza, said that the PLO "should immediately withdraw its recognition of the Israeli entity", reports Xinhua.

"The apostate Hamas gang group has taken advantage of the grand place of Al Aqsa mosque, which God has placed in the hearts of Muslims to accomplish political gains, even if the blood of Muslims was a price for those worldly gains", said the video's unknown narrator, referring to Islam's third-holiest site, which is in Jerusalem.

On Tuesday, Breitbart Jerusalem Bureau Chief Aaron Klein applauded Trump's threat to cut Palestinian aid, saying that the PA is an "anti-Western" entity that supports terrorism and incites violence against Israel.

"What perpetuates the refugee crisis is the failure of the parties to deal with the issue".

UNRWA was set up in 1949, following the establishment of the state of Israel. It has accused Hamas of trying to moderate itself to work with the US -backed Palestinian faction Fatah, in order to appeal to the West. ISIS fighters began an exodus from Syria and Iraq to the Sinai.

The Palestinian Authority suspended contacts with the Trump administration last month after the president announced that the USA would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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"Israel is complicit in the deliberate downgrading of living conditions in the Strip", said Gisha, an Israeli not-for-profit whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Many Israeli officials have lobbied the U.S.to stop payment because UNRWA is influenced by Hamas.

Leaders around the world have gotten used to this "bluster", Wittes says, but they should not discount it.

So why is ISIS going to war against Hamas?

"It also fights supporters of the Islamic State in Gaza and the Sinai and prevents the migration of these supporters from Gaza to the Sinai", said a speaker in the video, who is referred to as Abu Kazem al-Maqdisi, an Islamic State preacher in the Sinai, originally from Gaza.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - occupied by Israel - might eventually serve as the capital of an independent Palestinian state. Around 15 to 20 megawatts come from Egypt, but the supply is not stable due to security in the Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

Other reports by GizPress

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