US stops all aid to Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza
February 2, 2019 11:09 am
A Palestinian man carries sacks of flour supplied by the UN in Gaza City [Source: BBC]
The US has confirmed it stopped all aid to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, in a step linked to new anti-terrorism legislation.
More than $120m in annual funds for the Palestinian security services has now ended, and – while Israel has backed some previous cuts in US aid for Palestinians – officials have expressed concern about this move.
It is thought that co-operation with Israeli forces, which helps keep relative calm in the West Bank, could be affected.
The Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, passed by Congress and then signed into law by President Donald Trump last year, has just come into force.
This allows Americans to sue those receiving foreign aid from their country in US courts over alleged complicity in “acts of war”.