Consider the Prime Minister Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu has demanded that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) end its work “totally intrusively,” while an Israeli official has expressed a contradictory position, promising that the United States will not. An alternative to the United Nations in Gaza.
A few days ago, Israel accused UNRWA staff of participating in the Al-Aqsa flood operation launched by the Palestinian resistance last October. The organization responded by canceling the contracts of several of the accused staff and launching an investigation. Despite this, several countries, led by the United States, announced that they would end their funding of the agency.
In a statement released by Netanyahu's office on Wednesday, he told UN delegates, “It is time for the international community and the United Nations to understand that the work of UNRWA must end.”
He added, “This organization has been completely infiltrated by Hamas. It was in the service of Hamas' schools and many other things. I say this with great sadness because we hoped there would be an objective and constructive organization to provide aid. We need other UN agencies and other aid agencies to replace UNRWA.” “.
Instead, the “Israel Today” newspaper reported that Major General Gazan Allian, coordinator of Israeli government operations in the Palestinian territories, told senior US administration officials that “at this point there is no alternative to UNRWA's operation in the Gaza Strip.” Without further details.
For its part, UNRWA yesterday deemed it “critical” to hold an independent investigation into the allegations against its workers, warning of the “catastrophic impact” of halting the agency's funding.
William Deere, director of UNRWA's office in Washington, said in a letter to the US House of Representatives that the agency was trying to help the 1.7 million people displaced from Gaza through 154 facilities in and around Gaza.
He said Israeli attacks had damaged the agency's facilities and killed 330 people since October 7.
He stressed that donations made by the US or other countries “do not go to terrorist forces”, urging them to use strong oversight mechanisms on the issue. He explained that if any employee appears to have violated the neutrality policy employed by the agency, they will immediately initiate an open investigation. “If we find any violations, we take necessary disciplinary action,” he said.
He stressed that all the agency's work is open to the international public, especially United Nations agencies, and that the truth will emerge when the investigation into the latest Israeli allegations is concluded.
In turn, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to continue its life-saving work, considering it “the backbone of humanitarian work in Gaza.”
Speaking at the opening of a meeting of the United Nations Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Guterres explained that he had met with key donors to UNRWA and insisted that UNRWA's core work should continue.
He warned that the humanitarian aid system in Gaza was on the brink of collapse and expressed deep concern over the inhumane conditions of Gaza's 2.2 million people, reiterating his call for an urgent humanitarian ceasefire.
UNRWA was established by a decision of the United Nations General Assembly in 1949, and was mandated to provide assistance and protection pending a just settlement to refugees in five operations: Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Their problem is achieved.
Since last October 7, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza, resulting in more than 26,000 Palestinian martyrs and 65,000 injuries, most of them children and women, in addition to massive infrastructure destruction and an unprecedented humanitarian disaster. .