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Australia at the table as UN discusses Palestinian funding

Australia was represented at a United Nations committee meeting that called for more funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA).

Behind the News – September 2019

  Rocket and terror report The informal ceasefire understanding reached between Israel and Hamas under Egyptian auspices in May largely continues to hold, though with signs...

UNRWA scandal the tip of the iceberg

A corruption scandal involving sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation against whistleblowers and lots of business-class travel has gripped the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Scribblings: The real waste and destructiveness of UNRWA

To preserve the “right of return”, UNRWA insists that no Palestinian refugee or their descendants can ever cease to be a refugee – until that mythical day when they all return to their original ancestral homes inside Israel.

Editorial: Courageous decisions

The Australian Government’s announcement on August 21 that Australia will join the International Maritime Security Construct in the Persian Gulf to assure the security of merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz is a very welcome one. 

Good Money after Bad: Why is Australia continuing to pour money...

Australia, which is one of UNRWA’s largest donors per capita, should consider joining its European counterparts in suspending its $20 million annual contribution to the agency, and instead investigate other channels to deliver a core package of humanitarian aid services for those in need

Australia must speak out on UNRWA allegations

Australia, a major global donor to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinians (UNRWA) and member of the group’s advisory committee, needs to speak out on damaging allegations against the agency’s senior staff.

Others should also defund UN relief agency

The Trump Administration announced last month it would cease funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and divert US humanitarian aid through other channels. Australia and other donor countries interested in encouraging a genuine two-state resolution should seriously consider following suit.

Trump should encourage a more conciliatory Palestinian leadership

There have been important considerations missing from much discussion of the Trump Administration’s recent moves regarding Israel and the Palestinians.

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