Opinion

Do not punish Palestinian refugees for UNRWA dysfunction

Recently revealed abuses by top UNRWA management should not be politicised and used as an excuse to defund the agency.

Yara Hawari

by Yara Hawari

Yara Hawari

UNRWA

Netherlands, Switzerland suspend UNRWA funding over ethics report

UNRWA leadership rejects 'unreservedly' allegations of misconduct, nepotism and discrimination made in internal report.

Netherlands, Switzerland suspend UNRWA funding over ethics report

United Nations

UNRWA chief of staff leaves over 'unacceptable email'

Hakam Shahwan 'separated' from UN's Palestinian refugee agency after pseudonymous email was sent to Al Jazeera.

UNRWA chief of staff leaves over 'unacceptable email'

United Nations

Ethics report accuses UNRWA leadership of abuse of power

UNRWA chief Pierre Krahenbuhl rejects characterisation of senior team as UN investigates.

Ethics report accuses UNRWA leadership of abuse of power

UNRWA

UNRWA raises $110m but still cash-strapped after US cuts

If Palestine refugees agency doesn't meet $1.2bn target it may have to close schools and reduce food handouts.

UNRWA raises $110m but still cash-strapped after US cuts

UNRWA

UNRWA rejects US bid to remove its mandate

Head of UN agency rejects US proposal for countries hosting Palestinian refugees to take over food aid services.

UNRWA rejects US bid to remove its mandate

Middle East

UN: Palestinian food aid threatened by 'serious funding crisis'

More than one million people in Gaza will face food shortages in June due to a major shortfall in donations to UNRWA.

UN: Palestinian food aid threatened by 'serious funding crisis'

Middle East

'It really hurts': US aid cuts hit most vulnerable Palestinians

Health, education and infrastructure initiatives on hold as the Trump administration scales back on funding.

'It really hurts': US aid cuts hit most vulnerable Palestinians

Middle East

Israel plans to close UNRWA schools in occupied East Jerusalem

UNRWA accuses Israel of violating 1946 Refugee Convention over its plan to shut agency's schools in East Jerusalem.

Israel plans to close UNRWA schools in occupied East Jerusalem

Israeli–Palestinian conflict

This is what rocked Palestine in 2018

With little reason for optimism for 2019, here are the main events that rocked the West Bank, Gaza and Israel this year.

The events that shook the Palestinian territories in 2018

Middle East

Jerusalem to remove UNRWA to 'end lie of Palestine refugees'

City's mayor, Nir Barkat, says cut in US aid creates 'rare opportunity' to replace UNRWA with Jerusalem municipality.

Jerusalem to remove UNRWA to 'end lie of Palestine refugees'

Middle East

UN foreign workers pulled from Gaza over security concerns

UNRWA says some foreign staff withdrawn from Gaza due to security risks amid protests over job cuts.

UN foreign workers pulled from Gaza over security concerns

UNRWA

Palestinian refugee agency seeks to fill US funding cut

Arab and EU states expected to increase donations to UNRWA, as $185m required to keep agency running until end of 2018.

Palestinian refugee agency scrambles for funds after US cut

Middle East

Palestinian refugee students strike against US cuts to UN agency

Palestinian refugee schoolchildren went on strike across the occupied West Bank, protesting US funding cuts.

Palestinian refugee students strike against US cuts to UN agency

Palestine

US funding cut is 'politicization of humanitarian aid'

EU, Ireland, Jordan and Germany pledge further support after US slashed UNRWA funding by $300m.

Donors to increase UNRWA support and funding despite US cuts