CMEP strongly endorses continued U.S. humanitarian aid and economic assistance to the region. While such aid will not alleviate structural or political divides, it is critically important to continue providing assistance in order to reduce inequality and promote human dignity. The dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, and the growing humanitarian crisis in the West Bank, especially as it relates to access to water, must be addressed immediately. CMEP strongly opposes the January 2018 decision by the Trump Administration to freeze $300 million of the planned $365 million U.S. contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the sole UN entity providing humanitarian services to more than 5 million Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. Humanitarian aid and economic assistance must work in tandem alongside negotiations for long term resolutions to conflict. You can learn more about the areas in the Middle East in most dire need to humanitarian aid and economic assistance by visiting the pages below. Please check back periodically as we continue to make updates.
Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict requires humanitarian assistance and commitment to equitable development from the United States and other nations in order to foster reform and contribute to building a thriving civil society for Palestinians.
Learn more about the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
The following sampling of prominent leaders within the Israeli defense establishment, press, and academia argue that continuing U.S. economic aid to the Palestinians is in fact vital for Israel’s security interests.
Learn more about how humanitarian aid promotes regional security