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US funding for UNRWA buys silence while Palestinians are deprived of their rights

16 10 7

A brief but revealing press statement marked the meeting of US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield with the Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), Philippe Lazzarini. Neutrality, a politicised status that underscores the agency's approach to political events, is one of the principles that will determine the flow of US financial aid for Palestinian refugees.

According to Olivia Dalton, the spokeswoman for the US mission at the UN, the ambassador is "committed to working together with UNRWA to achieve important reforms to strengthen the agency's effectiveness and efficiencies, as well as to promote shared UN principles of equality, neutrality, tolerance and anti-discrimination."

By taking aid from the US, whose "iron-clad" commitment to Israel is being emphasised at every opportunity, UNRWA is extending the compromise which sustains its very existence. Not that it has any other option, given that all donors — and it depends almost entirely on voluntary donations — are primarily concerned with maintaining their........

© Middle East Monitor

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