In Trump Reversal, U.S. Gives $15m to Palestine For COVID ‘Aid’

The U.S. Government announced Thursday that it is giving $15 million to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, both areas of Palestine for COVID “aid.”

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations, disclosed the news at the monthly Mideast announcement for the U.N. Security Council. In her statement, she said that the U.S. Agency for International Development would be providing the money to Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to tackle COVID-19 in the Palestinian area.

“This urgent, necessary aid is one piece of our renewed commitment to the Palestinian people,” Thomas-Greenfield said. 

This move shows a sharp contrast to the Trump administration’s strong opposition to giving aid to the area, in which almost all aid was cut off because of their tense relations with Israel. President Trump also moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capitol, which had Jewish religious significance.