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Israel’s allegations against UNRWA: Experts weigh in on motive, impact and timing

The decision by several donor countries to suspend funds for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), in response to Israel’s allegations against the agency, amounts to “collective punishment,” putting the lives of two million Palestinians at risk, experts said. At least 19 countries, including the US and the UK, have suspended funding to UNRWA, citing Israeli allegations that 12 of the agency’s employees were involved in the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. The UNRWA has since fired several people and promised a thorough investigation into the claims, which were not specified, while Israel has vowed to stop the agency’s work in Gaza after the war. Israel has, for years, called for the UN agency to be disbanded. Experts say the decision to defund UNRWA is a “disproportionate” response from donor countries who swiftly pulled funds from the agency after a dozen out of 30,000 of the agency’s employees were accused by Israel, pending a report due next month. They also highlighted the timing of these allegations, which surfaced right after the International Court of Justice’s ruling in January, accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza. Some experts called it a PR move to divert the world’s attention and delegitimize UNRWA, which was referenced several times in the court ruling. alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.