Arab League welcomes report on UNRWA neutrality

AP , Wednesday 24 Apr 2024

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul-Gheit hailed on Wednesday the conclusion of an independent review report on the neutrality of the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA.

File photo- Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit. AFP


The wide-ranging 48-page report by the independent panel showed that Israel’s allegations were baseless and part of a "systematic campaign” meant to end UNRWA's mandate, Aboul-Gheit said. 

The report, released earlier this week, concluded the UNRWA has “robust” procedures to uphold the UN principle of neutrality.

It said that Israel has not provided any evidence that a significant number of workers in the UN agency for Palestinian refugees UNRWA are tied to Palestinian resistance groups.

In the wide-ranging 48-page report, the independent panel review, appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, found that Israel has never expressed concern about anyone on the staff lists it has received annually since 2011.

Despite the Israeli allegations, the United States and more than a dozen other countries suspended donations to the agency, some countries have resumed funding.

Aboul-Gheit urged in a statement all countries that suspended funding to resume financial assistance for UNRWA, which helps six million Palestinians.

He said reviewing these countries’ position is a “humanitarian necessity and a moral duty," specifically urging UNRWA’s largest donor, the US, to reconsider.

* This story has been edited by Ahram Online.

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