I don’t understand this…
Hamas was voted into power by the Palestinians, which led to crippling sanctions in Gaza because Hamas is a known terrorist organization. Again…the PEOPLE voted Hamas in!
So what do we do? “The US will not abandon the people of Gaza”
So we keep pumping more and more money to a collective group of thugs and murderers? We reward the people who voted in Hamas by not abandoning them and keep pumping millions in to Gaza when we have no accountability of where the funds go? This is freaking beyond absurd…
JALAZON CAMP, West Bank (AFP) – The United States will provide additional aid to Palestinian refugees, including those living in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday.
In January, the US government contributed 40 million dollars to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA), and Sam Witten, assistant secretary of state in charge of refugees, said more would be forthcoming.
“We will be making additional substantial contributions in the near future,” he told reporters during a visit to an UNRWA-built girls’ primary school and clinic in the Jalazon refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Much of that support will go to the more than one million refugees living in the Gaza Strip, which has been under crippling economic sanctions since the Islamist Hamas movement seized power there in June.
“The United States is not abandoning the people of Gaza and our additional contribution will be of assistance to them,” Witten said, adding that Washington is the largest bilateral donor to UNRWA.
The United States, along with the European Union, considers Hamas a terrorist organisation, and has said mechanisms are in place to prevent aid from reaching the organisation.
Last year the United States gave more than 154 million dollars to UNRWA, which provides basic services to 4.5 million Palestinian refugees, mainly in Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.