‘Why do the sick people have to pay the price of political conflict?’: East Jerusalem hospitals respond to US funding cuts | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

‘Why do the sick people have to pay the price of political conflict?’: East Jerusalem hospitals respond to US funding cuts

The Palestinian Authority has allegedly pledged to remedy the budget deficit caused by the Trump administration’s announcement on Saturday that it would be cutting $25 million in aid to Palestinian hospitals in occupied East Jerusalem.

In a press conference on Monday, the Secretary General of the East Jerusalem Hospital Network Walid Namur told journalists that he received a call on Monday from the Palestinian Minister of Health saying that President Mahmoud Abbas had ordered $25 million from the PA’s general budget to go towards the hospital network.

“At the end of every tunnel, there is light. We saw that light today,” Namur told the crowd as he spoke of Monday’s phone call.

“This is very good news for us because it means we can continue serving our patients, and we can continue essential services that are otherwise unavailable in Gaza or the West Bank,” he said.

The $25 million budget, which is transferred from the US through USAID to five hospitals in East Jerusalem, was passed by congress for the current year as part of the country’s foreign aid budget.

Despite reported heavy lobbying by Christian groups in the US who support some of the affected hospitals, the administration moved forward with the cuts, saying the money would be put towards other “high priority projects” — a claim that the administration has made when announcing several devastating budget cuts to Palestinian agencies over the past months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would very politely suggest to President Trump, that these humanitarian cuts in aid to Palestinian health care outlets, is not going to lessen the Palestinians' desire for the right of return in the least.

What he is doing with these cuts, is hurting ill people, who desperately need what little care these hospitals can provide.

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