The US has confirmed it will stop all aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, in a step linked to new anti-terrorism legislation, reports the BBC. Last year, Washington cut hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Palestinians supported by USAID, also ending all US funding for the UNRWA, previously giving annually more than any other nation, with $360m in 2017 alone.
The current culture of Aid dependency is a form of neo-imperialism, states Dr. Gerald Steinberg in a recent interview with The Herland Report. Watch an exclusive short here. Dr. Steinberg is a political analyst, professor at Bar Ilan University and founder of NGO Monitor, a think tank focusing critically on the politicization of non governmental organizations.
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We recently sat down with Dr. Steinberg, discussing the politization of Foreign Aid, as billions are funneled to “poor countries” but never seem to reach the poor. The same countries that receive billions of dollars, tend to remain poor regardless of however much is given.
In this exclusive short from The Herland Report TV, Dr. Steinberg points out that:
“The West has to stop patronizing, stop being neo-imperialistic. Aid needs to be weighed very carefully because it is a form of a drug, it is an addiction. It reinforces very dimension of the problems, the negative imaging, the negative social processes,” says Gerald Steinberg, political scientist, professor at Bar-Ilan University, founder and president of NGO Monitor, a policy analysis think tank focusing critically on the politicization of non governmental organizations.
“We need to see an end to this political censorship. How can we be free people in an intellectual society, when there are such important topics that we are not allowed to talk about? We are immediately accused of “racism” or other terms, in order to shut down an important discussion.”
“Let’s learn to talk about these issues and tolerate different views. That is not the same as hate speech, not the same as threatening or using violence. We should allow for a realistic analysis of what is actually going on.”
“I see it so strongly, specifically in Norway, but also throughout Western Europe. When I look at Norwegian Government Aid Agencies, Norwegian Christian Agencies, and I look at how they function here in the Middle East, and I see how all of these aid-myths and distortions are in there. The patronizing, the neo-imperialism. So I say, use Foreign Aid very, very carefully.”
“Don’t let Foreign Aid become an industry and take responsibility. If you say you want to support peace and if it doesn’t work, what are you going to do about it? If you brought violence and terrible suicide bombs, what do you do then? You cannot just walk away because you have parenthood on it. You have responsibility. So don’t go into it unless you think about what will happen afterwards.”
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