UNRWA Funding Suspended: U.S. Takes Firm Stance Over Alleged Terrorism Links

Farrukh Saif

January 27, 2024

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In a recent development, the United States has expressed deep concern over allegations that twelve employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) have been involved in the October 7 Hamas terrorist attack on Israel. The gravity of these accusations has led the Department of State to temporarily pause additional funding for UNRWA pending a thorough review of the allegations and the United Nations’ response.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken engaged in a conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on January 25, underscoring the necessity of a prompt and comprehensive investigation into the matter. The United States welcomes the decision to conduct such an investigation and Secretary-General Guterres’ commitment to taking decisive action should the allegations be substantiated. Additionally, the UN’s announcement of a “comprehensive and independent” review of UNRWA has been met with approval.

The allegations raise serious concerns, given UNRWA’s critical role in delivering lifesaving assistance to Palestinians, encompassing essential provisions such as food, medicine, shelter, and other vital humanitarian support.

Gaza’s Hidden Arsenal: IDF Uncovers Hamas Gear Disguised in UNRWA

However, over time, it has been observed that the UNRWA is behind the curtain in supporting and harboring the terrorist group Hamas. During the recent operation against Hamas, IDF found rocket launchers, grenades, and other automatic weapons in the schools and hospitals run by the UNRWA. Even social media videos it is proven that most of the aid going to the Palestinians looted by the Hamas terrorists.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) revealed in the first week of Jan 2024 that they discovered Hamas Nukhba military ballistic vests concealed in UNRWA bags within a medical clinic in Gaza. Additionally, Israeli forces located and neutralized a weapons storage facility containing numerous Kalashnikov rifles. The recovery of the Hamas ballistic vests, hidden in UNRWA bags, occurred during an intelligence-led raid in the northern part of Gaza City. The operation was initiated in response to previous instances of Israeli troops coming under fire in the area. Notably, a nearby building adjacent to the raided medical clinic was found to house RPGs, AK-47s, and ammunition.

Recognizing the gravity of the situation, the United States has initiated contact with the Government of Israel to seek more information on the allegations. Simultaneously, Members of Congress have been briefed on the matter, underscoring the significance of maintaining transparency and accountability.

The United States emphasizes its commitment to remaining closely engaged with the United Nations and the Government of Israel throughout this process. The pause in funding reflects a determination to ensure that any individuals found to have participated in the October 7 attacks are held accountable for their actions. As the investigation unfolds, the international community will watch closely how UNRWA addresses these serious allegations and implements necessary reforms to maintain its humanitarian mission.

According to the media, following the statement from the State Department, Canada, Italy, Finland, Scotland, Netherlands and Australia have also suspended funding to UNRWA.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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