The United States Administration has said no to helping Palestine refugees. But we won’t. Help continue UNRWA's work.
With the United States administration's recent decision to cut funding to UNRWA by 83%, the Agency faces an unprecedented funding crisis and millions of Palestine refugees could lose access to UNRWA services.
It's going to take all of us standing together to fund UNRWA's work so the Agency can continue serving Palestine refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Here are other key ways to support UNRWA and the Palestine refugees it serves.
- Create a personal fundraising page and start mobilizing the people you know to help fund UNRWA.
- Connect us with individuals and organizations in your network who may have the means and aptitude to support at a higher level. During the 2014 Israeli military assault on Gaza, several mosques, churches, and synagogues generously stepped up to help UNRWA do more through various means.
- Host something! Would you be interested in hosting a fundraiser of any size in support of UNRWA? If it’s large-scale, we could send an UNRWA representative to speak at the event.
- Support our call to action by sharing our email appeals, graphics, Facebook posts, and tweets (see below) with your friends and family so they can join your efforts in supporting Palestine refugees and UNRWA's critical work.
- Tweet at the US Administration to #FundUNRWA. The White House needs to hear from us, and their staff will notice if you tag them. Add the hashtag #FundUNRWA to your post so our team can easily find your tweet(s).
Here are some sample tweets:
- In the besieged Gaza Strip, @UNRWA is the largest private employer with a staff of 13,000 individuals and provides services to over 70% of the population. And the @WhiteHouse just cut funding to UNRWA by 83%. unrwausa.org/fund-unrwa #fundUNRWA (click to tweet)
- In 1951, girls made up only 26% of @UNRWA students; less than a decade later, UNRWA achieved gender parity in schools. Continue to support gender equity and free education for Palestine refugees: unrwausa.org/fund-unrwa #fundUNRWA (click to tweet)
- .@UNRWA has contributed to massive public health gains since the beginning of its operations in 1950, including achieving an immunization rate of 99% for over 5 million Palestine refugees. And the @WhiteHouse just cut funding to UNRWA by 83%. unrwausa.org/fund-unrwa #fundUNRWA (click to tweet)
- .@UNRWA is one of the largest and most successful school systems in the Middle East, with Palestinians having one of the highest literacy rates in the world at 97%. And the @WhiteHouse just cut funding to UNRWA by 83%. unrwausa.org/fund-unrwa #fundUNRWA (click to tweet)
- In cutting @UNRWA funding by 83%, the @WhiteHouse will cause untold additional trauma to Palestine refugees in Gaza and Syria who depend on life-saving humanitarian assistance through emergency cash, food, and shelter support. unrwausa.org #fundUNRWA (click to tweet)
- .@UNRWA educates 525,000 Palestine refugee girls and boys in 700 UNRWA schools, including education on human rights, conflict resolution, and tolerance. As an American invested in access to education for all, I implore the @WhiteHouse to #fundUNRWA. unrwausa.org (click to tweet)
- .@UNRWA operates 140+ health centers and delivers comprehensive primary healthcare services, handling more than 9 million Palestine refugee patient visits per year. As an American interested in human dignity and rights for all I urge the @WhiteHouse to #fundUNRWA. unrwausa.org (click to tweet)
- .@UNRWA provides cash assistance and shelter rehabilitation to help Palestine refugees meet their basic human needs of food, shelter, and environmental health. I urge the @WhiteHouse to #fundUNRWA because UNRWA's work is essential to stability in the Middle East: unrwausa.org (click to tweet)
Post a photo to your favorite social media platform, or better yet, change your profile picture so your friends and family know you proudly stand with Palestine refugees and UNRWA. Tag it #FundUNRWA
Did you attend an UNRWA school, ever work for the Agency, or receive any of its services?
Related tweets: #FundUNRWA
featured stories, updates, and shareable media
- LRB Blog: "Yes, they are refugees" - March 22, 2018
- Mondoweiss: "Being present during the destruction of Gaza" - March 22, 2018
- Inter Press Service: "Restoring U.S. Aid Crucial to Avoid a Water Catastrophe in Gaza" - March 22, 2018
- Reuters: "U.N. Palestinian refugee agency gets new cash pledges, needs much more to survive" - March 15, 2018
- Medium: "Refugee Budget Cuts Particularly Cruel to Palestinian Refugees" - March 13, 2018
- The Washington Post: "If the White House cares about humanitarian needs in Gaza, it should support UNRWA" - March 12, 2018
- Foreign Policy: "Amid U.S. Cuts, Palestinian Refugee Agency Left in the Lurch" - March 12, 2018
- The Hill: "The US is gambling with the future of half a million kids in the Middle East" - March 9, 2018
- Project Syndicate: "America Shuts the Schoolhouse Door on Refugees" - March 9, 2018
- Inter Press Service: "We Must Protect the Future for Palestinian Refugee Girls" - March 9, 2018
- Arab News: "UN agency: We’ll continue to serve 5.3m Palestinian refugees" - February 25, 2018
- PBS News Hour: "With the Trump administration threatening cuts for Palestinian support, aid groups wonder what comes next" - February 19, 2018
- WNYC's The Take Away: "Humanitarian Crisis Brings Gaza to Brink of Collapse" - February 15, 2018
- CNN: "A Palestinian high school threatened by Trump funding cuts" - February 12, 2018
- NPR: "'Half A Million Children' Are At Risk If The U.S. Cuts Palestinian Aid: U.N. Agency" - February 8, 2018
- Al Jazeera: "Dear Mr Trump, we're facing a humanitarian disaster" - February 1, 2018
- Middle East Eye: "Palestinians in Syria, Lebanon may feel US UNRWA cuts 'within weeks'" - February 1, 2018
- The Guardian: "‘It’s a death sentence’: Palestinians in Jerusalem brace for Trump aid cuts" - January 27, 2018
- Al Jazeera: "US UNRWA aid cut to harm Palestinian refugees in Syria" - January 25, 2018
- Associated Press: "Celebrities criticize Trump cuts to Palestinian refugees" - January 25, 2018
- New York Times: "White House Urged to Restore Aid to U.N. Palestinian Refugee Agency" - January 24, 2018
- The Nation: "Trump’s Move to Slash Aid for Palestinian Refugees Will Lead to Tragedy" - January 24, 2018
- Business Insider: "A UN aid group alleges the US won't allow its money to go toward helping refugees in Syria and Lebanon" - January 22, 2018
- Forward: "What I Learned About UN Aid To Palestinians Growing Up In Gaza" - January 22, 2018
- Mondoweiss: "Without UNRWA I wouldn't be alive today" - January 19, 2018
- The Lancet: "Amid US funding cuts, UNRWA appeals for health and dignity of Palestinian refugees" - January 19, 2018
- Mondoweiss: "An American Girl in Gaza" - January 19, 2018
- Human Rights Watch: Trump Blackmail to the UN Won't Work if Others Step Up: Aid to Palestinian Refugees Shouldn't be a Pressure Tactic - January 17, 2018
- Al Jazeera: Global NGOs criticise drastic US cuts of UNRWA funding - January 17, 2018
- Le Monde: Palestine refugees: "There is no alternative to what UNRWA does" - in an interview to Le Monde, UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl underlines the importance of the Agency for the stability of the Middle East and calls for all parties involved to take their responsibilities. - January 15, 2018
- New York Times: What is Unrwa and What Would It Mean if Trump Cuts Its Funding? - January 3, 2018
Read the statement by UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl - January 16, 2018
Not for the first time in its proud history, UNRWA faces a formidable challenge in upholding its mandate – an expression of the will of the international community - and preserving key services like education and health care for Palestine refugees.
Today, the US government has announced a contribution of $60 million, in support of our efforts to keep our schools open, health clinics running, and emergency food and cash distribution systems functioning for some of the world’s most vulnerable refugees. While important, this funding is dramatically below past levels. The total US contribution in 2017 was above $350 million.