Trump team says PA wants to skirt U.S. courts

(Worthy News) - The administration of US President Donald Trump confirmed on Friday that it has ended security funding and training to the Palestinian Authority, claiming that Ramallah itself had requested that the aid be cut in order to circumvent the jurisdiction of US courts.

The 14-year-old US Security Coordinator (USSC) mission and the $61 million the US provides annually, are perceived to be the cornerstone of an effective PA security service. But a new law passed with bipartisan support titled the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act, which came into force on Friday, exposed the PA to lawsuits in American courts from US citizens affected by Palestinian terrorist activity – if the PA continues accepting US financial assistance.

Already in December, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah informed the Trump administration that the Palestinians would no longer accept any US financial assistance, most of which had already been cut off, save for the security funds. PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat repeated that position on Thursday. [ Source: Jerusalem Post (Read More...) ]

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