By Ron Kampeas
WASHINGTON — The Biden administration formally relaunched U.S. assistance to the Palestinians with $15 million in COVID relief.
The money, which will go to non-governmental institutions distributing medical care and food assistance in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, reverses Trump administration policies of all but cutting off aid to the Palestinians, fulfilling a pledge Joe Biden made as a candidate.
By distributing the money to non-governmental groups, the Biden administration may be able to circumvent laws that ban aid to the Palestinian Authority as long as it subsidizes the families of Palestinians who have violently attacked Israelis and Americans.
“This small step in advancing the well-being of the Palestinian people is fully in keeping with American values,” the State Department said Thursday in announcing the disbursal.