US aid and the façade of peace and reconciliation

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After a long hiatus during the Trump administration, US aid and development funds have been channelled back into Palestine. In addition to restarting the funding of UNRWA, a new funding stream has been made available as a result of a particular piece of US legislation. The Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA) passed in December 2020. The Act pledges $250 million over five years to two funds, with one specifically focusing on “peace and reconciliation projects” between Palestinians and Israelis. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) says that the …

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