“Israel has yet to provide evidence against UNRWA,” independent review says


Published: 2024-04-22 21:20

Last Updated: 2024-06-15 15:17

The UNRWA building in south Gaza. (July 26, 2018) (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)
The UNRWA building in south Gaza. (July 26, 2018) (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

An independent review led by the former French foreign minister Catherine Colonna said that “Israel” has yet to provide evidence of employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) being members of the Islamic Resistance Movements (Hamas) - per The Guardian.

The review, which was commissioned by the United Nations after “Israeli” allegations of UNRWA employees’ involvement in “Operation Aqsa Typhoon” on Oct. 7, 2023, found that UNRWA regularly supplied the Israeli Occupation with lists of its employees for evaluation - and that no concerns were raised by the latter regarding any UN employees.

The report, which was drafted with the help of three Nordic research institutes, makes clear that the Israeli Occupation has yet to authenticate any of its claims about the involvement of UNRWA staff in Palestinian resistance movements - Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

“Israel made public claims that a significant number of Unrwa employees are members of terrorist organizations. However, Israel has yet to provide supporting evidence of this,” the report said.

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