Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Italy, the UK and Finland joined the US and withdrew aid to the UN agency in Gaza

Italy, United Kingdom, Finland, Canada and Australia They announced this Saturday that they would join the United States, temporarily suspend the financing to the UN agency that helps the Palestinians in Gaza (UNRWA), after the Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces provided information that at least dozens of UN employees in Gaza participated in the massacre of Israel by Hamas terrorists on October 7, 2023.

Major donors, including Germany’s, which shipped in 2022 more than 202 million dollars to Gaza by the UN; France, which sent 24 million; and the European Union, which sent more than 114 million, according to the UN accounting sheet, expressed concern about the situation. However, they did not announce any kind of suspension like the United States did, which sent more than 343 million dollars in 2022; the United Kingdom, 21; Canada, more than 23; or Finland, more than 7.8 million.

For its part, at the end of this edition, the Government of Pedro Sánchez, after the surrender of Spain, including regional governments, will have more than 13 million people by 2022 It did not comment on the matter, either suspending financing or expressing any concerns. To this, we must add the almost two million dollars that the Spanish UNRWA committee delivers to its agency in Gaza.

The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, was “appalled” by the accusations and assured, through his spokesman Stephane Dujarric, that an “urgent and comprehensive independent review of UNRWA».

The US State Department is “deeply concerned” by the accusations and has “temporarily suspended further funding” while investigating complaints provided by the Shin Bet and the Israel Defense Forces, and the UN plans to address concerns.

deer became one of the largest bilateral donors of the agency in 2022, contributing more than $340 million, according to the UNRWA accounting sheet and website, as shown above.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoava Gallant has praised the decision that Washington will suspend funding to UNRWA, calling the move “an important step in holding UNRWA accountable.”

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressed to Guterres the need for a full investigation after it was discovered that 12 employees of the UN aid agency in Gaza participated in the massacre on October 7.

As previously indicated, the European Union expressed its concern about the situation in a statement released by socialist Joseph Borrell, high representative with Foreign Policy of the European Union, which asks for more information: “We met with UNRWA; we hope it provides full transparency about the accusations, and it requires immediate measures against the personnel involved,” said Josep Borrell in a note, while assuring “evaluation weighs new steps and takes lessons based on the results of a complete and thorough investigation.

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