Tlaib calls for Trump admin to release aid to Palestinians to fight pandemic

In a new Op-Ed for the Washington Post, Democrats Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Alan Lowenthal (D-MI) call for President Trump to release aid to Palestinians to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Rep Alan Lowenthal tweeted:

Nationalism is undermining the global response to the coronavirus. The virus doesn’t see borders—yet the Administration continues to counterproductively withhold aid from vulnerable populations. 

TheHill reports Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Alan Lowenthal (D-Mich.) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Saturday asking for President Trump to release congressionally approved aid to Palestine to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

“The Palestinian people are particularly vulnerable at this moment,” Tlaib and Lowenthal wrote, citing a decision by President Trump in 2018 to eliminate funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The UNRWA provides humanitarian aid to Palestinian refugees. According to the article, the held-up aid adds up to $75 million that was “appropriated with bipartisan support by Congress.”

“While covid-19 does not recognize borders, we must recognize that without aid and assistance, the Palestinian people will be greatly affected by this health crisis,” Tlaib and Lowenthal wrote.

The two asserted that division and nationalism has “undermined” the global response to the pandemic, and by witholding funding to international bodies like the World Health Organization (WHO) and certain groups of people, “the Trump administration has pursued counterproductive policies that make the world less safe,” they said.

Last month, Trump announced that the United States would halt funding to the WHO pending an investigation for what he deemed to be a mismanagement of the coronavirus outbreak.