Tell Congress: Amend the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act so that Palestinians Can Continue to Receive Humanitarian Aid
When President Trump signed the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) in October 2018, legal experts warned that it would effectively terminate all U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories, putting the lives of the most vulnerable Palestinians at risk and jeopardizing regional security. The Palestinian Authorities’ announcement in January that the new conditions imposed by the ATCA made them unable to accept U.S. humanitarian aid confirms these dire predictions.
Contact your members of congress today and tell them to amend the ATCA to remove these restrictive conditions.
The Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act was intended to assist the families of terrorist attack victims collect damages from foreign governments, but the strings it attaches to U.S. humanitarian aid make it impossible for the Palestinian Authority to accept any aid. This not only includes economic assistance but also funding for programs that combat drug trafficking, weapons proliferation, and--ironically--international terrorism. ATCA further undermines an already dire economic situation and prevents relief organizations from providing much needed assistance.
Call on your members of congress to ensure a resumption of vital U.S. humanitarian assistance to Palestine by amending the ATCA.
The ATCA is only the latest attempt by the Trump Administration to use humanitarian aid for political leverage. In 2018, the U.S. suspended all funding for the United Nation Relief and Works Agency that assists Palestinian refugees. In addition, the Trump Administration reprogrammed Fiscal Year 2017 economic assistance that goes toward funding NGOs in their work in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The President hopes that these cuts will force the Palestinian Authority to agree to resume peace negotiations on his terms.
Take action today and tell congress that humanitarian aid must not be used as a political bargaining chip.
Thank you for voicing your support for restoring U.S. humanitarian aid to the Palestinian territories. By making yourself heard, you are standing up for the lives of some of the most vulnerable people caught in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict and furthering the chances for a just peace.
Director of Advocacy and Government Relations
Churches for Middle East Peace
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