The Trump administration is preparing to take a series of tough measures against the UNRWAT ( United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) The humanitarian aid and education sectors in Gaza would be most affected. The United States is the largest donor to UNRWA, and last year transferred more than $360 million to the organization.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supports the dismantling of UNRWA, which he believes perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem. Israel, however, has told Washington on several occasions over the past year that a dramatic and sudden cut in the agency’s budget could lead to a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and strengthen Hamas.

According to an Israeli television report, the United States will freeze funds to UNRWA in the West Bank and ask Israel to restrict its operations.

UNRWA Humanitarian Facility (Photo: UNRWA)
UNRWA Humanitarian Facility (Photo: UNRWA)

Senior U.S. government officials recently visited the agency’s West Bank facility. A senior Trump administration official told reporters this month that “UNRWA’s mandate has perpetuated and compounded the refugee crisis and must be reformed”.

The comments followed reports that Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, pressured Jordan to eliminate the refugee status of some two million Palestinians living in the country.

In January, the United States stopped sending tens of millions of dollars to UNRWA.

In response, the agency carried out major cuts and laid off dozens of teachers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank and some 100 workers in 13 refugee camps in Jordan.