Israel blasts EU decision to restore UNRWA funding

Illustrative: A boy carries a sack bearing the logo of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip. (Anas Baba/AFP)
Illustrative: A boy carries a sack bearing the logo of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in the Nuseirat camp in the Gaza Strip. (Anas Baba/AFP)

The Foreign Ministry denounces a European Union decision last week to restore some funding for the UN agency for Palestinian refugees frozen in the wake of evidence that employees took part in the October 7 massacre.

“The disappointing decision gives legitimacy to UNRWA employees’ involvement in terror activities and cooperation with Hamas,” the ministry says in a statement.

The statement notes that the EU is reopening the spigot before a UN probe into the Israeli claims of UNRWA bias, vowing to present donor countries and the UN investigators with all the information it has on the subject in the coming weeks.

“Israel is committed to transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza and working with other UN agencies and additional actors to ensure the distribution of aid to the Strip,” the statement reads.

In a statement on Friday, the EU Commission said it had decided to give UNRWA 50 million euros after taking “account of the action taken by the UN and the commitments the Commission required from UNRWA.” An additional 32 million euros is being withheld pending completion of steps outlined by the EU, including the probes and a European audit.

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