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Arab League decries “US bias” towards Israel

CAIRO, The Arab League on Tuesday slammed what it said was “blatant US bias” towards Israel, particularly Washington’s decision to slash funding to a United Nations agency aiding the Palestinians.

The remarks by the Arab bloc’s assistant secretary general Saeed Abuali came amid urgent talks involving representatives of Arab states hosting Palestinian refugees, which focused on the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) funding crisis.

He cited Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, its closure of the Palestine Liberation Organization office, among other recent US decisions, as further affirmation of the aforementioned bias.

The official spoke of how UNRWA’s support for the Palestinians dates back more than 71 years, providing some 5.5 million Palestinian refugees with urgent aid running the gamut from food and healthcare to education.

He pointed to the fact that the UN agency’s budget shortfall currently stands at USD 151 million, calling on Arab states to support the renewal of UNRWA’s mandate.

UNRWA provides services to about 5 million Palestinian refugees across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza.

Source: Kuwait News Agency