Biden administration reverts to Trump-era approach on UN Palestinian agency funding, for now

President Joe Biden’s administration is moving closer to the policy put in place by his predecessor for funding a United Nations program aimed at aiding Palestinians in strife-torn areas. Or, more precisely, not funding it.

The Biden administration on Jan. 26 suspended funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which is supposed to provide humanitarian services in Gaza and elsewhere. The move came in light of recent allegations that 12 UNRWA employees were involved in the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, which claimed 1,200 lives. In Israel’s post-Oct. 7 counteroffensive, an estimated 25,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, though a significant fraction of that is believed to be Hamas terrorists.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the United States hasn’t done an investigation into Israel’s claims about UNRWA. But Blinken called them “highly, highly credible.”

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