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JEREMY CORBYN criticised Donald Trump at the weekend over his “shameful” decision to axe financial support for the UN’s Palestinian aid agency.
The Labour leader also urged the British government to help make up the shortfall in funding for the United Nations relief and works agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) left by the withdrawal of the US, which was its biggest donor.
He also wrote on Twitter: “Support for Palestinian refugees is a vital commitment until there is a just and viable settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict.”
The US State Department announced on Saturday that it was ending all funding for UNRWA and claimed that the US makes a “very disproportionate” contribution to the agency, which it branded “irredeemably flawed.”
Middle East Minister Alistair Burt also threw his weight behind the UN agency, saying that Britain remained “firmly committed” to it as a “necessary humanitarian and stabilising force in the region.”
In a statement, he pledged: “We will do everything we can to maintain continuity of essential services at this time.”
UNRWA was originally set up to help Palestinians displaced by the 1948 war that accompanied the foundation of Israel.
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