US President Joe Biden announced $100 million in financial assistance for Palestinian hospitals, conditioned upon approval from the US Congress, during his visit to Bethlehem.
The US aid would benefit the East Jerusalem Hospitals Network (EJHN), which provides advanced medical care, including radiation treatment for cancer patients and pediatric kidney dialysis, to Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
At a press conference at the Augusta Victoria hospital, Biden said that these hospitals are the “backbone” of the Palestinian health care system, adding that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been proud to support this network of hospitals with $85 million since 2014.
“The financial support is part of our commitment to support health and dignity for the Palestinian people,” Biden added.
Biden further went on, saying Palestinians and Israelis deserve an equal measure of “freedom, security, prosperity, dignity, and access to healthcare.”
Later today (Friday), Biden will also meet with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas in Bethlehem, in the southern occupied West Bank..
After meeting Abbas, Biden will head back to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to fly directly to Saudi Arabia.
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