Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

UNRWA Responds to Netanyahu: We Will Continue Until Refugee Crisis is Resolved

UNRWA Responds to Netanyahu: We Will Continue Until Refugee Crisis is Resolved

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement that "It is vindictive for the USA government to deprive the United Nations of money to feed and educate Palestinian children in order to blackmail the Palestinian Authority into rejoining Trump administration-led peace negotiations".

According to U.N. Watch, UNICEF was one of 16 signatory U.N. agencies on a document stating that the U.N. would provide the Palestinians with at least $18 million for "legal recourse" against Israel.

In response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's remarks that the agency was "perpetuating the Palestinian refugee problem" and not providing a solution, Mushasha stated: "What leads to perpetuation of the refugee crisis is the failure of the parties to deal with the issue, which needs to be resolved by the parties to the conflict in the context of peace talks, based on United Nations resolutions and global law, and with the active participation of the worldwide community".

In this regard, Abu Hasna said that UNRWA was not informed of any official USA decision to halt financial aid.

"They don't even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel".

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"But with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?" he said at the time.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said hailing the U.S. step that the agency should be shut down and its funding should be shifted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The dramatic shift in Washington's policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries. "On 7 December 2017, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution A/RES/72/82 in support of UNRWA".

Hamdallah said that the recent USA steps were undermining the two-state solution, calling on the countries of the world, particularly Norway, to recognize the Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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