But will it last? NO, as soon as the worldwide media attention dies down, funding for UNRWA from the U.S. and Europe will be reinstated, and the Hamas-linked staffers likely will be rehired.
Axios The United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Scotland have halted funding to UNRWA, the UN Palestinian refugee agency after Israel shoed conclusive evidence that 12 UNRWA employees were involved in the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attack.
UNRWA has fired the accused staffers and launched an investigation. The head of UNRWA warned on Saturday that “lifesaving assistance is about to end” due to nine countries’ decision to suspend funding.
A senior Israeli official said the Shin Bet and Israeli military intelligence provided information that pointed to the active participation of UNRWA staffers and the use of the agency’s vehicles and facilities during the Oct. 7 Hamas attack. “This was strong and corroborated intelligence,” the official said. “A lot of the intelligence is a result of interrogations of militants who were arrested during the Oct. 7 attack.”
Earlier this month, UN Watch released a report showing the enthusiasm among UNRWA teachers for the Oct 7 atrocities.
A Telegram group of 3,000 UNRWA teachers in Gaza is replete with posts celebrating the Hamas massacre of October 7th minutes after it began, praising the murderers and rapists as “heroes,” glorifying the “education” the terrorists received, gleefully sharing photos of dead or captured Israelis and urging the execution of hostages.
The Telegram chat group is meant to support UNRWA teachers, and contains dozens of files with UNRWA staff names, ID numbers, schedules and curriculum materials.
In addition, UNRWA teachers regularly share videos, photos and messages inciting to Jihadi terrorism, and openly celebrating the Hamas massacre and rape of civilians.
The U.S. on Friday became the first country to pause its funding to UNRWA over the allegations. It was the first step by the Biden administration against UNRWA since renewing U.S. funding to the agency after the Trump administration completely cut it off.