All Sticks, No Carrot: Six Times Trump Targeted the Palestinians

Punitive measures the White House has taken against the Palestinians since December 2017 (updating)

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A Palestinian protester holding a poster of President Donald Trump near the Gaza Strip border, September 7, 2018. The poster's message says: "We are returning in spite of you, Trump."
A Palestinian protester holding a poster of President Donald Trump near the Gaza Strip border, September 7, 2018. The poster's message says: "We are returning in spite of you, Trump."Credit: Adel Hana,AP

1. December 5, 2017: U.S. President Donald Trump recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announces plans to begin moving the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv:

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israeli Capital, Says Final Borders Up to Israel, Palestinians

On May 14, 2018, United States holds official ceremony to mark opening of U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, attended by Trump's daughter Ivanka and son-in-law and special adviser Jared Kushner:

'Thus Says the Lord': Religious Tune at Jerusalem Embassy Opening Drowns Out Protests

2. August 24, 2018: Trump administration announces decision to cut $200 million from U.S. aid budget to the Palestinians, despite funds being approved by Congress earlier in 2018:

Trump Administration to Cut $200 Million From Palestinian Aid

Palestinian refugee students standing outside a classroom at an UNRWA school in Beirut, Lebanon, September 3, 2018.Credit: Hussein Malla,AP

3. August 31: Trump administration cuts the entire U.S. aid budget to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA:

Trump Administration Ends Financial Aid for Palestinian Refugee Agency UNRWA || Analysis

4. September 9: State Department says United States will halt $25 million aid to six East Jerusalem hospitals, prompting Palestinian fears that medical network will not be able to cope:

Six times Trump targeted the Palestinians

Trump to Cut Millions From East Jerusalem Hospitals; Expert Warns of 'Collapse'

5. September 10: State Department announces closure of Palestinian mission in Washington, saying the PLO "has not taken steps to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel":

Trump administration to shutter Palestinian Mission in Washington || Analysis

6. September 15: Trump administration cuts $10 million from Israeli-Palestinian co-existence groups.The funds had been approved by Congress, but the administration vetoed its transfer.

Trump Administration Cuts $10 Million From Israeli-Palestinian Co-existence Groups

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