A Palestinian boy stands leaning on to sacks of food aid provided by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) in the town of Rafah, in the Southern Gaza Strip on August 22, 2017. AFP / SAID KHATIB
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The U.S. is considering whether to cut funding to two U.N. agencies and the chemical weapons watchdog after the Palestinians joined the organizations, a U.S. official said Wednesday. In a move aimed at boosting their international profile, the Palestinians have joined the U.N. trade development organization UNCTAD, industrial development agency UNIDO and the Chemical Weapons Convention, which is upheld by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.U.S. legislation bars funding for U.N. agencies or affiliates that grant membership to Palestine, which has the status of a nonmember observer state at the United Nations.The U.S. withdrew some funding for UNESCO when the Palestinians joined the cultural and education agency in 2011 and last year pulled out of the agency altogether.
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