Shadow of ties between Hamas and UN agency: Funding halt triggered

The UN’s Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) is increasingly coming under fire. The suspicion prevails that Hamas managed to infiltrate the organization, which was created in 1949, and that 12 UNRWA employees (now fired) were involved in the horrific attacks on 7 October. The results didn’t take long to arrive. The USA, Canada and Australia decided to stop funding.

The US State Department said it was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations against the agency and was “temporarily suspending additional funding” until those allegations and the steps the United Nations has taken to resolve them are considered.

Shortly thereafter, Canada took the same steps and announced that it would temporarily suspend funding payments to UNRWA. The Ottawa government has ordered a “temporary pause” in providing “additional funding” to UNRWA, stating that Canada will not stop assisting Palestinian civilians in Gaza.

Australia moved in the same direction. Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong writes about

Doubts about the UN agency

Israel has been claiming for weeks that UNRWA personnel played a role in the October 7 Hamas attacks. This time the accusations need to be supported by detailed evidence; because these accusations led to the dismissal of 12 members of the UN unit for Palestinian refugees, as well as the harsh reaction of Washington and Brussels, as well as the leaders of the Glass House.

“Israeli authorities informed UNRWA of the alleged involvement of several employees in the horrific attacks of 7 October,” said UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini. “To preserve the Agency’s ability to provide humanitarian assistance, I took an immediate decision “Termination of the contracts of these members and initiation of an investigation to reveal the truth without delay. Every employee involved in terrorist acts will be held responsible, including criminal prosecution.”

Source: Today IT