Palestine Economy Portal
Thousands of Americans signed a petition through the official website of the American Congress, to press lawmakers to force the administration of President Donald Trump to support the Palestinian health sector to confront the novel Corona virus.
Activists supporting the Palestinian cause, and Palestinian organizations working in the United States, launched a campaign a few days ago to collect 10,000 signatures to this petition, to release previously approved medical aid that was allocated by Congress for fiscal year 2020 worth $ 75 million, and the US administration refuses to release it.
"The campaign aims to collect 10,000 signatures on the petition, to move to the second phase, which has already begun through members of Congress in support of the Palestinian right, to reach a legislative position," Sinan Shaqdeh, one of the campaigners, told Wafa. US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders leads the effort in Congress.
The petition calls on the American administration to reconsider its policies related to stopping all aid to the Palestinians, as well as its contributions to UNRWA.
Members of the American Senate had called on President Donald Trump to provide assistance to the Palestinian people in light of the spread of the Corona virus that is afflicting the world.
In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on March 24, 2020, the deputies said, "President Trump's offer to help countries fighting the Coronavirus, including Iran and North Korea, should apply to the Palestinian people, address you and ask you to take every reasonable step to provide medicine." Medical equipment and other necessary assistance for the West Bank and Gaza Strip to prevent a humanitarian crisis. "