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Boxes of medical supplies in Ramallah. Photo: Jamal Aruri/AFP via Getty

The Biden administration today announced the restoration of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians, along with $15 million in additional aid for the coronavirus response in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Why it matters: The Trump administration stopped almost all aid to the Palestinians, including for development projects and humanitarian purposes like medical care.

  • U.S. aid only continued for the Palestinian security services.
  • The cuts came after Palestinian leaders decided to boycott the Trump administration over its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Driving the news: The $15 million will not be transferred directly to the Palestinian Authority, but through NGO’s which work in the West Bank and Gaza.

What they're saying: “USAID is supporting Catholic Relief Services’ COVID-19 response efforts in health care facilities and affected communities throughout the West Bank and Gaza and supporting emergency food assistance programming in communities facing food insecurity," the State Department said in a statement.

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Mar 24, 2021 - World

Israel warns Palestinian President Abbas against election pact with Hamas

Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Abbas Momani/AFP via Getty

The director of Israel’s domestic security service, the Shin Bet, warned Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas against running on a joint list with Hamas in the upcoming parliamentary elections or creating a power-sharing government with Hamas after the elections, Israeli and Palestinian sources say.

Why it matters: The Israeli security establishment is very concerned that the elections, planned for May 22, could lead to a Hamas takeover in the West Bank as happened in Gaza after the previous elections, in 2006.

Agriculture secretary: Under Trump, 0.1% of COVID farm aid went to Black farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Only o.1% of the COVID-19 relief aid for American farmers passed by the Trump administration went to Black farmers, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the Washington Post in an interview Thursday.

Why it matters: Vilsack pointed to the disparity as another illustration of how the coronavirus has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in American society, which he said the Biden administration is focused on helping close.

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Biden in call with Netanyahu raises concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza

Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/Nicholas Kamm/Getty Images

President Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday and raised concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza and the bombing of the building that housed AP and other media offices, according to Israeli officials.

The big picture: At least 140 Palestinians, including dozens of children, have been killed in Gaza since fighting between Israel and Hamas began Monday, according to Palestinian health officials. Nine people, including two children, have been killed by Hamas rockets in Israel.