UN Rapporteur: Countries withholding support to UNRWA aiding genocide

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestine, Francesca Albanese, accused countries that announced the suspension of financial support to the Palestine Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees following allegations that its employees were supporting Hamas of "assisting genocide".

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Francesca Albanese, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Palestine, reminded in a post on social media platform X that the day after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) reached a “reasonable judgement” that Israel committed genocide in Gaza, some countries decided to stop financial support to UNRWA.

Stating that these countries collectively punished millions of Palestinians at the most critical time, Albanese noted that these countries violated their obligations under the Genocide Convention.



Finland, Australia, the UK and the US announced that they had decided to stop their financial support for UNRWA.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defence Michael Martin stated that they will continue to support UNRWA despite Israeli allegations that some UNRWA employees support Hamas.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had called for an urgent investigation into allegations by Israeli officials that UNRWA staff were involved in the 7 October attacks.

UNRWA took action following the Israeli allegations, dismissing some of its employees and launching an investigation into the allegations.

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