After defunding UNRWA, US said seeking to limit others’ aid to it, then close it

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After defunding UNRWA, US said seeking to limit others’ aid to it, then close it

Trump Administration will allow Gulf and Arab allies to help keep UN’s Palestinian refugee agency afloat for now, but ultimately wants it dismantled, Israeli TV reports

A Palestinian woman sits with a child after receiving food supplies from the United Nations' offices at the United Nations' offices in the Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, February 11, 2018. (AFP/Said Khatib)

A day after the US announced it will not give any further funding to UNWRA, the UN agency that aids Palestinian refugees, Israeli officials said the Trump Administration has made clear to them that it intends to see UNRWA closed down altogether and all its functions taken over by other agencies.

The US will not prevent the Gulf states, Arab nations, and others from providing emergency funding to keep UNRWA (the UN’s Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) functioning this year, Israel’s Hadashot TV news reported on Saturday, quoting senior Israeli diplomatic sources. But it will condition its consent to further funding by US allies in the Arab world on a reevaluation of UNRWA’s role and a redefinition of who the agency defines as a Palestinian refugee. Ultimately the TV report said, the US goal is to “close down UNRWA altogether.”

The US, which is shortly set to issue a report on the whole Palestinian refugee issue, in which it will reportedly state that there are only some 500,000 Palestinian refugees — as opposed to the 5 million-plus claimed by UNRWA — considers that there are only some 20,000 genuine Palestinian refugees outside the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the TV report also said.

It said the US will now look for other organizations to take on the work done by UNRWA, in education, medical assistance, food aid, and more — with Palestinian recipients acknowledged to be in need of aid, but not considered to be refugees.

Jordan’s King Abdullah II (L) and US First Lady Melania Trump (R) listen while US President Donald Trump makes a statement for the press before a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House June 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

To this end, the TV report said, the Trump Administration has already asked King Abdullah of Jordan to take over responsibility for UNRWA’s educational network in Jordan — but has been rebuffed. Similarly, it wants Mahmoud Abbas’s Palestinian Authority to take responsibility for UNRWA schools in the West Bank and Gaza — but this idea is a non-starter at present, with the PA boycotting the Trump Administration.

Abbas’s PA reacted furiously Friday and Saturday to the US decision to defund UNRWA, and is reported to be examining whether there are ways to work via the UN to block US efforts to marginalize and potentially close the agency.

The TV report noted that while Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is backing the US in defunding UNRWA, and has called often for the agency to be closed down, Netanyahu is anxious that aid be channeled to needy Palestinians via other avenues, to avoid a further escalation of tension in the West Bank and Gaza….

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2 Comments on “After defunding UNRWA, US said seeking to limit others’ aid to it, then close it”

  1. Kavan Says:

    Palestinian refugees seem to be the only refugees whose number keeps on increasing by breeding.
    The large sum of money allocated to UNRWA is one the main obstacles to lasting peace, which has only resulted in indoctrination, corruption, and fattening of the Palestinian demagogues.
    Arabs possess a huge chunk of the earth ( equal to Russia + 3 Texas). They can easily absorb these refugees.
    Confederation with Jordan is a logical solution to this issue.
    However, Arab solidarity and brotherhood seem to be only a myth.

  2. davidking1530 Says:

    Yep, the “Palestinian refugees” are special case (of “refugees”) in many respects. And the situation has persisted due to wilful blindness from commentators and the mainstream media.

    Oh, and because it is the Joooos who are on the other side of the dispute just might have something to do with it as well….

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