Biden’s new slate of aid to Palestinians comes under intense scrutiny

Several pro-Israel groups, Israeli officials and Congress Republicans step up efforts to question administration’s plans to resume funding to Palestinians

US President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 18, 2021. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of pro-Israel groups, Israeli officials and Republicans in Congress are stepping up their scrutiny of the Biden administration’s plans to resume funding for the Palestinian Authority and other groups aiding Palestinians.

In the past two weeks, the Biden administration has rolled out pledges to deliver $75 million in assistance to Palestinian areas; $40 million for security assistance to the Palestinian Authority; $150 million to the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA; and $15 million for COVID assistance. Also pledged is $10 million that goes to Palestinian-Israeli people-to-people programs.   

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