An Emirati official revealed details of a shocking Emirati decision to Palestinian refugees not to resume support. To the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA)
An official in the UAE government said, “Reuters “For the news, her country intends not to resume funding for the UN agency. That stopped in 2020, until steps are taken to manage money more efficiently.
Emirati dialogue with “UNRWA”
“We are in dialogue with (UNRWA) leadership on how to enhance the effectiveness of the aid,” said Reem Al-Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation.
She added that the decision to stop funding was taken when the UAE reviewed its aid program at the end of 2019, and it was not linked. The UAE establishes relations with Israel under a US-brokered agreement in September 2020.
She indicated that the outbreak of the “emerging corona” virus (Covid-19) was a “revealing time.” The UAE wants to see how international organizations review their approach, and is looking for more effectiveness. And a wiser way to use the money.
The UAE did not participate in the donor conference
The UAE did not participate in the donors conference for 2020, which the United Nations said did not achieve its goal, which threatens cuts. Severe to the largest humanitarian aid program in the world.
The UAE, the current chair of the agency’s advisory committee, provided $ 50 million to the agency in 2019 and $ 20 million in 2018.
But Abu Dhabi has not made contributions in 2020, although the official said Emirati charities. Donated a million dollars.
This comes in conjunction with the agency ending dozens of temporary and emergency contracts for Palestinian employees and workers in Syria. Those who were appointed since the beginning of the war, due to the financial crisis and lack of funding that the agency suffers from.
In the context, the Israeli analyst, Verson Ostrovsky, praised the Emirati decision, expressing his appreciation for this decision that is taking place. Taking it for the second year in a row.
The Israeli political analyst called on the United States and the European Union to stop support for the UN organization.
gets it on . Why does United States and EU still not?https://t.co/gGFTzmQSQe
– Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A)
UNRWA, which assists about 5.7 million registered Palestinian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, is facing. Budgetary difficulties since 2018 when the United States, its largest donor, halted more than $ 300 million in annual aid.
On January 29, Palestinian activists from Syria, who were displaced to Lebanon, accused UNRWA of delaying the payment of their monthly financial dues.
At the time, the activists sent a letter to the Director General of “UNRWA” in Lebanon, Claudio Cordone, calling for a set of necessary and urgent measures to save the refugees from hunger. In light of the deterioration of their living conditions as a result of the continuing general closure associated with the outbreak of the “Corona” virus.
Very difficult situations
According to what was stated in the text of the message, the activists said, “We are suffering from extremely difficult and complex conditions, which have come to affect our human dignity in light of the state of health emergency declared by the state. And the accompanying mobilization measures, comprehensive closures and curfews.
After that, the Agency announced the date of disbursing the late monthly financial dues allocated to Palestinian refugee families for the months of last January and February, at the same time.
The United Nations estimates the number of Palestinians still in Syria at about 440,000 refugees.
Emirati Israeli scheme
And at the end of last year, the French newspaper “Le Monde” revealed in a report to its correspondent in Dubai, Benjamin Bart, that Israel and the United Arab Emirates are working together to eliminate the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees “UNRWA” without resolving the Palestinian refugee issue.
According to the newspaper, this process has been underway since Israel and the UAE announced normalization between the two countries last August.
According to the report, Emirati officials are studying a plan for the gradual elimination of UNRWA, without stipulating a solution to the refugee issue. Although the UAE was a major funder of UNRWA in 2018 and 2019, along with Qatar and Saudi Arabia. To compensate for the cessation of former US President Donald Trump from funding the agency, which led to the brink of bankruptcy.
Emirates implements a malicious scheme
The United States, which is historically the largest single donor to UNRWA, reduced its contributions from $ 360 million to $ 60 million in 2018 and then decreased to zero in 2019, according to the report.
At the time, Pierre Krähenbühl, the commissioner-general of UNRWA at the time, condemned the US withdrawal of the funds.
“The dignity and human security of millions of Palestinian refugees who need emergency food aid and other forms of support in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are at stake,” he said in a statement.
Commenting on the alleged plans of “Israel” and the UAE to eliminate UNRWA, Bart wrote in his report, which dealt with the heat of normalization between the two sides. “By doing so, Abu Dhabi will stick to a long-term demand from Israel,” he says. And who insists that UNRWA obstructs peace by sponsoring refugees who dream of returning to the lands their parents expelled from in 1948. ”
This year, Bart said, Abu Dhabi has done almost nothing to UNRWA, which is on the threshold of bankruptcy.
The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, did not respond to the newspaper’s request to clarify this point.
The writer concluded his report by saying: But one thing is certain: There will be no turning back. There is a new strategic axis emerging that the countries of the Middle East will have to deal with.
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