Just the Facts: U.S. Role in Palestine

Understanding the U.S. Role in Palestine: Just the Facts…
  • At least 26 states have enacted laws infringing upon the right to boycott the Israeli state for its abusive and illegal practices.
  • The United States has vetoed at least 53 UN Security Council resolutions critical of Israel.
  • In 2018 the United States, under President Trump, severely cut aid to Palestine and Palestinians, including $231.5 million of bilateral economic assistance intended for the West Bank and Gaza (including $25 million for occupied Jerusalem hospitals).
  • U.S. aid to Palestine in 2019 was a measly $0.6 million.
  • In March 2021, the Biden Administration allocated $15 million for COVID response and emergency food assistance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • In April 2021, the Biden administration announced the resumption of some aid, including $115 million in bilateral aid to Palestinians and $10 million to peacebuilding programs.
  • That aid is still a fraction of the $496 million in aid provided in 2012.
  • It also reinstated $150 million in contributions for humanitarian response to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA);
  • But that too is a fraction of the $359.3 million it gave to UNRWA in 2017.
  • Meanwhile, Israel receives $3.3 billion annually in foreign military financing (FMF) and $500 million for missile defense systems, along with other subsidies and tax-breaks.
  • Israel receives more FMF from the U.S. than all other countries in the world combined.

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Learning More 

You might want to read “10 Things to Know: Biden’s Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” by Ambassador Hesham Youssef for the United States Institute of Peace.  ​To go deeper, we will be developing an extensive list of Additional Resources at the bottom of this week’s entry as well as a YouTube playlist on the subject.