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Under pretext of fighting corruption, US opens fire on UNRWA

last update : 05/08/2019 - 06:11 PM ( Since 4 months )

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Gaza, (Alresalah.ps)-- The Palestinian refugees issue is witnessing the most serious time ever, due to American and Israeli measures and actions to eliminate it by targeting UNRWA in order to remove the right of return from the political scene through so-called "Deal of the Century " .

The US administration decision to cut UNRWA funding and calling other donor countries to follow suit, will have a negative impact on refugees. Furthermore, the United States is increasing its pressure on UNRWA on the pretext of fighting corruption.

The decision of Austria and Norway to suspend their financial assistance to UNRWA, on the pretext of disclosing corruption issues within the organization, makes it clear that we witness a systematic plan to liquidate UNRWA.

In a letter to the UN on Thursday, US Mideast envoy Jason Greenblatt said:  reports of misconduct at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) were “deeply concerning” and called for the UN probe to be as transparent as possible.

Noting that Washington was previously the largest donor to UNRWA, providing billions of dollars to the agency, including nearly $3 billion over the past decade, Greenblatt wrote that the administration was “strongly committed to ensuring fiscal transparency and accountability to the United States taxpayer.”

“If the investigation should yield any findings of impropriety — including…any related to potential misuse of US funds — we request immediate notification and access [to the findings],” he wrote.

In 2018, the United States suspended and later cut all funding for UNRWA, causing a financial crisis that threatened to see its schools and hospitals closed.

Greenblatt said that the US move was “in part due to UNRWA’s unsustainable business model and fiscal practices.”

US administration is demanding information on whether the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees misused American funds, as part of an investigation into its conduct. In the last 10 years, The United States paid UNRWA about $ 3 billion.

The agency provides schooling and medical services to millions of impoverished Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and the Palestinian territories.

It employs around 30,000 people, mostly Palestinians.

In a press release, Hamas said that "it is clear that highlighting corruption cases and promoting prejudgments are not done with pure intentions. Indeed, such behavior serves the Israeli-American schemes that target the most important organization which has a relation with the issue of the Palestinian refugees through publishing such reports about senior officials in the agency following the failure of funding cuts.

Dr. Essam Adwan, a specialist in refugee affairs, said that "what is happening is premeditated. The misconduct of prominent UNWRA officials is monitored in order to reach this result at the right moment. There were many cases of corruption but were not activated due to considerations that the time then was not suitable to publish them.

He said in an interview with Alresalah.ps, "Currently the United States is looking for reasons to support its position of rejecting the existence of UNRWA".

Adwan stressed that the arguments are palpable, but the United States' ability to communicate internationally remains much greater than that of the official Palestinian side, which has not done so. We have not heard that the PLO or PA ambassador has discussed UNRWA issues with the host country or has employed the UNRWA crisis to clarify the truth to the international community or to Europe.

Adwan considers that Washington's success in inciting donor countries to suspend their aid will have a negative impact on the situation of refugees in Arab countries, as well as the services provided by UNRWA. It will support the efforts to gradually settle refugees where they live". 

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