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Having renewed UNRWA’s mandate, will the international community end its own complacency?

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Renewing the mandate of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) halted the aggressive campaign by Israel and the US to close the agency and alter the established definition of who is a Palestinian refugee. Since US President Donald Trump withheld funding from UNRWA, Israel and the US have changed their narrative depending on unfolding events, the most recent being the misconduct and fraud allegations which are by no means symptomatic only of the agency.

With only two votes against the mandate extension — Israel and the US — it was celebrated as a victory. Had the US and Israel achieved their aims, over 5 million Palestinians would have experienced unprecedented levels of deprivation. UNRWA will now continue to provide basic humanitarian services even as Israel and the international community dissociate what is being touted as a “victory” from their politics, which help the Zionist state to create even more Palestinian refugees.

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas deemed the vote to be “evidence of the world’s unswerving support for the Palestinian people and their inalienable........

© Middle East Monitor