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On Aug. 31, the United States announced that it would provide no additional funding to UNRWA.At the outset, I wish to convey – with confidence and steadfast determination – to Palestine refugees in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, that our operations will continue and our agency prevail. At the heart of our mission lie the dignity and rights of a very anguished and profoundly unsettled community.No matter how often attempts are made to minimize or delegitimize the individual and collective experiences of Palestine refugees, the undeniable fact remains that they have rights under international law and represent a community of 5.4 million men, women and children who cannot simply be wished away.The responsibility for the protracted nature of the Palestine refugee-hood, the growing number of refugees and the growth in needs, lies squarely with the parties and in the international community's lack of will or utter inability to bring about a negotiated and peaceful resolution of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The attempt to make UNRWA somehow responsible for perpetuating the crisis is disingenuous at best.There is sadly nothing unique in the protracted nature of the Palestine refugee crisis. In January 2018, the U.S. announced that its annual contribution to UNRWA would be $60 million.
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