Another 570 UNRWA employees were notified that they would be hired only on a part-time basis, while an additional 270 were told that their contracts would be terminated at the end of the year if the financial crisis is not resolved.
The financial crisis is the direct result of the US administration’s decision to suspend more than half of the annual funding ($65 million out of $125 million) to UNRWA.
Palestinians see the US administration’s move as being part of an Israeli-US “conspiracy” to “liquidate the right of return” for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to their former homes inside Israel.
They believe that US President Donald Trump has decided to gradually eliminate UNRWA so as to remove the issue of the refugees from the negotiating table between Palestinians and Israel. The Palestinians are convinced that the US administration’s decision to cut funds to UNRWA by half are part of the yet-to-be-announced Trump plan for peace in the Middle East, which is also known as the “deal of the century” or the “ultimate deal.”
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