Last week the Senate Committee on Appropriations voted to fund a new Palestinian Partnership Fund as part of the FY19 State and Foreign Operations Bill. This fund will allocate $50 million to support exchange, cooperation, shared community-building, and reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis, and to help integrate the Palestinian Private Sector into the international economy, two crucial components to building sustainable peace in the region.
ALLMEP has been advocating for the creation of an International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace since 2009. As a result of this rare bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. portion of the International Fund has now been unlocked. In addition to its International Fund advocacy efforts, ALLMEP has also helped to secure an additional 20% in funding for the USAID Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grant program, bringing the program to $30M in funding for global peacebuilding programs with $12M reserved for Israeli-Palestinian programs from 2017.
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