Abbas Spokesman: Ending U.S. Aid to Palestinian ‘Refugee’ Agency a ‘Flagrant Assault’ on Palestinians

Palestinian spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh (center) announces the latest update on the health of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat October 28, 2004 in th grounds of Arafat's Mukata headquarters in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Abu Rudeineh told the press that Arafat's condition was stable and that a decision would …
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The Times of Israel reports: A spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas assailed the US for announcing Friday that it will end all funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, calling the move a “flagrant assault” against all Palestinians.

“The consecutive American decisions represent a flagrant assault against the Palestinian people and a defiance of UN resolutions,” Nabil Abu Rudeineh told the Reuters news agency late Friday, alluding to a series of US moves opposed by the Palestinians including the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

“Such a punishment will not succeed to change the fact that the United States no longer has a role in the region and that it is not a part of the solution,” he added.

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