US cutting of medical aid to Palestinians an act of blackmail: Ashrawi

September 9, 2018 Off By Web Desk

Member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Dr. Hanan Ashrawi said that the decision of the United States to cut $20 million from occupied East Jerusalem hospitals was an act of political blackmail that goes against the norms of human decency and morality.

By cutting vital funds to hospitals in East Jerusalem, which includes the Augusta Victoria Hospital and the St. John’s Ophthalmic Hospital, the United States administration is threatening to cause serious instability and grave harm to thousands of Palestinian patients and their families from across the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Ashrawi said in a press statement on Saturday.

This hurts the livelihood of thousands of workers in the Palestinian healthcare sector in the occupied city, she added.

With its recent disastrous and irresponsible decision-making and policies, including defunding UNRWA and redefining the status of Palestinian refugees, recognizing occupied Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and relocating the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem the US is undermining the global rule of law and its standing, credibility, security, and interests around the world, the PLO’s official continued.

Such spiteful and dangerous American moves will further enable Israel to persist with its systematic plans targeting occupied Jerusalem and the Palestinian people as a whole with full impunity.

Ashrawi said the key to any proper solution lies in ending the military occupation and enabling the Palestinians to exercise sovereignty and control over their own land and resources. With this, we would be able to build a thriving economy without any foreign assistance.

She reiterated the call to all members of the international community to assume their legal and human responsibilities and exhibit the political will necessary to hold Israel to account before the requirements for a just peace and stability are destroyed indefinitely.

On Friday, the Trump administration announced a decision to cut more than $20 million in foreign aid to East Jerusalem hospitals from a previously approved US budget. The cut is part of President Donald Trump’s plan to pressure Palestinians to make a peace deal with Israel.

Source: International Islamic News Agency