CMEP Action Alert: Support Work with Palestinian Refugees
As a voter here in the United States you can help bring Palestinian voices to the halls of Congress. This Thursday in the House of Representatives the U.S. funding contribution to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will likely come under tough scrutiny and could even be dramatically cut.
UNRWA facilities provide hope and help stave-off despair for 4.7 million Palestinian refugees, sustaining a capable and healthy Palestinian society that will be a good neighbor to Israel when peace comes.
If you have visited Palestinian communities you have likely seen the light blue of UNRWA facilities that provide hope and help stave-off despair for 4.7 million Palestinian refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. UNRWA does a superb job in helping sustain a capable and healthy Palestinian society that will be a good neighbor to Israel when peace comes.
The U.S. contribution is UNRWA’s largest and has been so for the past 60 years. There is no alternative source of funding for this essential work. Any reduction or elimination in funding for this vital program would be dangerous and destabilizing for both Palestinians and Israelis, and a blow to U.S. credibility and influence in the region at a time of rising unrest in the Middle East.
Tell your members of Congress today to preserve funding for UNRWA and the millions of refugees that is serves!
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’”
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” – Matthew 25:37-40