Eleven countries have agreed to advance their donations to finance UNRWA programmes in coming months, said Pierre Kraehenbuehl, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) after meeting donor representatives.
The US administration announced this week that it is withholding $65 million from a planned $125 million aid package for the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees.
The US State Department said on Tuesday that Washington would withhold a separate $65 million it had planned to pay the UN agency that serves the Palestinians.
Washington said on Tuesday it would provide $60 million to the UN Relief and Welfare Agency while keeping back a further $65 million for now.
Netanyahu’s public comments appeared to reflect a desire to show support for a major ally, but also concern that choking off funds would deepen Palestinian hardship and could put Israel and militants on a course for war.
Hanan Odah, a Palestine refugee is living proof that as large businesses collapse, small-scale enterprises can survive and even thrive in the grassroots markets.
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Diplomats and human rights groups alike called out Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for giving into demands and threats from member countries, recognising that it set a dangerous precedent for future workings of the United Nations.