Trucks enter the Gaza Strip 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot)
US State Department threatened on Thursday to cut off aid it sends
to the Gaza Strip if Hamas continues insisting upon a supervisory role over foreign aid organizations operating in the Strip, The New York Times reported.The
source of the problem is that because Hamas is listed as a terrorist
group by the United States, any on-site audits - as demanded by Hamas -
would violate rules forbidding direct contact with the organization,
putting their American funding at risk, the newspaper said.
months of tensions with non-governmental organizations, Hamas suspended
operations of the International Medical Corps early this week,
prompting Washington to issue the threat via a third party, according to the Times.
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Disagreements over the management and supervision of NGOs, however, have
not been the only sources of tension with the West recently that
threatened US funding to Palestinians.
Earlier this week, a senior Western diplomat said that a Palestinian
decision to go ahead with the bid for statehood recognition at the UN in
September will “make it harder for the US to have relations with the
According to the diplomat, who requested anonymity, those relations now
include both US budgetary support to the PA and the training of
Palestinian security forces, something he said had been a “net positive”
for the US, Israel and the Palestinian Authority itself.
Herb Keinon contributed to this report