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More Than 25 Celebrities Slam Trump Decision to Cut UNRWA Funding

posted on: Jan 25, 2018

By: Emiliya Stahilova/Arab America Contributing Writer

Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Olivia Wilde are only a few of the celebrities who released a petition against the U.S. suspension of payments to UNRWA–the UN agency that provides education, healthcare and other social services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees. The statement signed by famous public personalities was published by the Hoping Foundation, a London-based group that assists Palestinian children.

More Than 25 Celebrities Slam Trump Decision to Cut UNRWA Funding

Actor Hugh Grant was one of the signatories.

The foundation position is explicit: “We stand for dignity for the most vulnerable, and we stand with Palestinian refugees who are facing a terrible moment. We call on the UN Secretary-General to immediately convene a conference that can establish a stable funding system in order to protect UNRWA’s vital work. Peoples across the world have always supported the Palestinian struggle for freedom, and understand that Palestinian refugees – the most vulnerable – are the key to hope, and to any chance of a peaceful future.”  The whole letter can be found here.

Signatories included: Andrew O’Hagan; Antony Gormley; Bella Freud; Brian Eno; David Morrissey; Emma Thompson; Eric Cantona; Esther Freud; Gary Lineker; Gillian Anderson; Hanif Kureishi; Hugh Grant; James Fox; Jemima Khan; Karma Nabulsi; Ken Loach; Laura Bailey; Mary McCartney; Olivia Wilde; Paul Laverty; Peter Kosminsky; Stephen Frears; Steve Coogan; Tilda Swinton; Tracey Emin; Viggo Mortensen; Will Self.

More Than 25 Celebrities Slam Trump Decision to Cut UNRWA Funding

Actress Emma Thompson was also listed as a signatory.

Simultaneously,  21 aid organizations also wrote a letter, addressed to Trump’s administration warning about the “dire consequences” the withdrawal of contributions to UNRWA would cause.

The U.S. decision on UNRWA was announced in mid-January after President Donald Trump had made numerous remarks about Palestinians being “ungrateful”: