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JERUSALEM – Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen

first_img JERUSALEM – Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing “horror” over President Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding to the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, an advocacy group said Thursday.“The real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves,” the group said in a joint statement. “It has been launched with the clear aim of dismantling their rights, by dismantling the institution that is charged with protecting them.”Actresses Gillian Anderson, Olivia Wilde, Emma Thompson and Tilda Swinton were also among the signatories.The letter was released by the Hoping Foundation, a London-based group that assists Palestinian children.Expressing frustration with a freeze in Mideast peace efforts, Trump this month blamed the Palestinians for the deadlock and threatened to cut U.S. funding. Washington subsequently suspended a $65 million payment to UNRWA, the U.N. agency that provides education, health care and other social services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees and their descendants scattered across the Middle East.On Thursday, Trump said in Davos, Switzerland, that the Palestinians must return to peace talks to receive U.S. aid money.The United States is the largest single donor to UNRWA, and the agency has launched a global fundraising appeal in hopes of closing the gap. In all, it provides hundreds of millions of dollars a year to the Palestinians.“We stand for dignity for the most vulnerable, and we stand with Palestinian refugees who are facing a terrible moment,” the statement said. The celebrities called on the U.N. chief to convene a conference to establish a stable funding system for the agency.Meanwhile, the leaders of 21 international humanitarian groups urged the U.S. to reconsider its decision to withhold the funding to UNRWA, warning of “dire consequences” if funding is cut.The groups said they are alarmed by the Trump administration’s link between aid and political objectives.This marks a “dangerous and striking departure from U.S. policy on humanitarian assistance,” the groups wrote in an open letter to Washington’s U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, published Thursday.Haley has linked aid to the Palestinians to their willingness to resume negotiations with Israel. FILE – In this Jan. 31, 2014 file photo released by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, shows residents of the besieged Palestinian camp of Yarmouk, queuing to receive food supplies, in Damascus, Syria. Actors Hugh Grant and Viggo Mortensen are among more than 25 celebrities and public figures expressing “horror” over President Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding to UNWRA. The group said in a joint statement Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, that “the real target of this lethal attack is the Palestinian people themselves.” (UNRWA via AP, File) Celebrities criticize Trump cuts to Palestinian refugeescenter_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 25, 2018 7:26 am PDT Last Updated Jan 25, 2018 at 8:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more