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24 January 2018
Australian Friends of Palestine Association
Saving UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency)...
~ Cuts to UNRWA funding threatens Palestinians livelihood
~ Global NGOs condemn Trump's decision to slash UNRWA funding
~ Belgium pledges extra €19m to fund UNRWA
and ICYMI... Israeli army sues Palestinian family for damages caused to vehicle that killed its son
UN General Assembly vote on Jerusalem
IMAGE ABOVE: Palestinian school funded by United Nations Relief and Works Agency
Donald Trump's funding cut to Palestinian agency UNRWA leaves refugees fearing 'a catastrophe'
ABC News Australia, 22 Jan 2018
UNRWA provides free schooling to half-a-million impoverished Palestinian children in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and in camps like the one Mr Ghanam lives in Lebanon.
It also supplies healthcare to millions who could not afford it otherwise and food aid to nearly one million Palestinians living in poverty in Gaza.
But the Trump administration has announced massive cuts to the UNRWA budget, freezing two planned payments worth more than $US100 million
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Global NGOs criticise drastic US cuts of UNRWA funding
Al Jazeera News, 17 Jan 2018
International NGOs have condemned the US government's decision to cut more than half of its planned funding to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a Twitter post late on Tuesday that Washington was "holding Palestinian kids' humanitarian needs hostage to political agendas".
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Belgium pledges €​19m extra aid to Palestinians to make up for Donald Trump’s funding cut
The Independent UK, 18 Jan 2018
Belgium has reacted to Donald Trump’s decision to cut aid destined for Palestinians by pledging to donate an extra €19m (£17m) to help make up the shortfall.
The announcement came a day after the US slashed its funding for the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) by $65m (£47m).
Alexander De Croo, Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister and international aid minister, said UNRWA was “the last lifebuoy” for many Palestinians.
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And in case you missed it...
Israeli army sues Palestinian family for damages caused to vehicle that killed its son
WAFA, 11 Jan 2018
In an unprecedented and bizarre move, the Israeli army is suing a Palestinian family for damages caused to a military vehicle that ran into a wall while chasing its son at high speed and then flipped over him and killed him.
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Poetry of Palestine

31 JANUARY 2018, 6PM-9PM

Enjoy an evening of verse, spoken word and poetry from Palestine, including the sublime poetry of Palestine's national poet, Mahmoud Darwish.

Tickets: $20 / $10

Venue: The Urban Cow Studio, Cinema Place, East End Rundle St, Adelaide city

Event will be catered and bar available.

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