How will UNRWA function as more and more donor countries cut funding? | TV shows

Israel says some UN agency staff were involved in the October 7 Hamas attacks.

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees – UNRWA – offers a lifeline to almost 6 million people.

Created in 1949, its mission is to help Palestinians forced to leave their homes during the creation of the State of Israel and their descendants who are still displaced.

Today, the future of the agency – and that of those who depend on it to survive – is under threat.

Several Western countries have suspended funding to UNRWA following Israeli accusations that some of its personnel were involved in Hamas attacks on southern Israel on October 7.

The agency fired some employees and opened an investigation

What impact will the suspension of aid have on the Palestinian people – both in Gaza and beyond?

Presenter: Nastassia Tay


Samir Zaqout – Palestinian rights and social rights activist who lives in Gaza and was displaced by the Israeli war

Ardi Imseis – professor of international law at Queen’s University and former legal advisor to UNRWA

Raymond Johansen – general secretary of Norwegian People’s Aid and former Norwegian State Secretary for Foreign Affairs

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