War on Gaza Refugees – Germany, UK, among Others, Suspend Funds to UNRWA

Palestinian children in the UNRWA shelter in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Central Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Following the US, Italy, Germany, Australia, and Canada, the UK and Finland have also decided to suspend funding to UNRWA.

Germany, Britain, and Finland have joined other countries in pausing funding to the United Nations Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA), following Israeli allegations that some employees were involved in the October 7 military operation carried out by the Palestinian Resistance.

Following the US, Italy, Germany, Australia, and Canada, the UK and Finland have also decided to suspend funding to UNRWA.

Ireland on Saturday voiced support for investigating Israeli allegations, but said it will not pause funding for the agency’s Gaza work.

“Full confidence in @UNLazzarini’s (agency head Philippe Lazzarini) decision to immediately suspend @UNRWA staff suspected of participation in the heinous attacks of October 7, to investigate thoroughly and show zero tolerance on terror,” Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin wrote on X.

Martin said that the UN agency for Palestinian refugees provided life-saving assistance to 2.3 million people and at incredible personal cost – with over 100 staff killed in the last four months.

“Ireland has no plans to suspend funding for UNRWA’s vital Gaza work,” underlined Martin.

Ireland, he said, provided the UNRWA €18 million ($19.5 million) in 2023 and will continue its support in 2024.

UNRWA’s Role in ICJ Ruling

The statement issued by UNRWA’s Commissioner-general Lazzarini on January 13, one day after Israel’s oral argument at the International Criminal Court, was included by the ICJ as evidence that Israel has “caused mass displacement of a population that is in a state of flux.” 

The UNRWA statement added that “the plight of children in Gaza is especially heartbreaking” and that “an entire generation of children is traumatized and will take years to heal”.

Following ICJ Ruling, Washington Suspends UNRWA Funding

The statement was also used to prove that the crisis in Gaza “is compounded by dehumanizing language.”

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 26,257 Palestinians have been killed, and 64,797 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7. Palestinian and international estimates say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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  1. After more than three months of a war on Gaza with many thousands dead and wounded, no food or water or electricity or fuel, continued bombing, snipers, hunger, thirst, lack of shelter and warmth and on and on…suddenly Israel declares “UNRWA staff participated in October 7 attack.” They just now discovered this, maybe because they have such great intelligence? Every western newspaper and news organization carried this headline when Israel had barely spit out the last word. And all fall in line immediately: US, UK, Canada…all the usual suspects declare “No more aid for UNRWA!” It’s more hasbara so that Palestinians get only a minimal fraction of aid, no UNRWA services or assistance.

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