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Palestinians snub economic solutions from ‘punitive’ US

Palestinian leaders accused the Trump administration of punishing them with one hand and offering to reward them with the other, as protesters turned out in the West Bank and Gaza on Wednesday to protest against a US economic peace plan. At a US-led conference in Bahrain, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner urged Palestinian leaders boycotting the event to think outside the “traditional box” and consider the $50 billion plan to boost the Palestinian and neighbouring economies. However, Palestinian officials said it was Trump who had inflicted further hardship on Palestinians, cutting hundreds of millions in aid to organisations across the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza.

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