Following the Biden administration announcement that it will send humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic Majority for Israel President and CEO Mark Mellman issued the following statement:

“We welcome the Biden administration’s decision to send humanitarian aid to Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza to help them meet the urgent needs associated with COVID-19. In addition to supporting health care facilities, the aid will also provide emergency food assistance to vulnerable families. The aid will be provided by USAID which will work in coordination with Catholic Relief Services’ COVID-19 response efforts in the region.

“Importantly, the administration has taken care to ensure this relief effort complies with the Taylor Force Act which President Biden has committed to uphold.

“This humanitarian effort underscores the Biden administration’s commitment to restoring America’s role as a global leader and aligning our foreign policy with American values.”