News and updates about UNRWA

Under an UNRWA building

The tunnel where the hostages' bodies were found

Military correspondent Doron Kadosh visited the tunnel in the Jabaliya "Refugee" Camp where IDF soldiers found the bodies of four hostages, and wasn't surprised that the entrance was in a building built by UNRWA with EU funding.

The tunnel where the hostages' bodies were found

UNRWA school used as Hamas military compound

The compound housed an anti-tank operative, a Nukhba force terrorist, and mortars and explosives.

UNRWA school used as Hamas military compound

Austria to resume funding to UNRWA

Austria announces it will restore funding to UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”, though it notes "a lot of trust had been squandered".

Austria to resume funding to UNRWA

UN: 800,000 have been evacuated from Rafah

UNRWA Chief Philippe Lazzarini decries evacuation of civilians from Rafah since IDF operation in eastern part of the city began, demands ceasefire.

UN: 800,000 have been evacuated from Rafah

Hostage's mother: An UNRWA social worker kidnapped my son

Watch: Ayelet Samerano, mother of 21-year-old Yonatan Samerano, whose body is being held by Hamas, speaks at UN Security Council: 'How can the UN pay this man's salary?'

Hostage's mother: An UNRWA social worker kidnapped my son

Watch:

Terrorists operate next to UN vehicles in UNRWA Rafah compound

During IDF operational activity in eastern Rafah on Saturday, terrorists were identified in UNRWA’s central logistics compound alongside UN vehicles.

Terrorists operate next to UN vehicles in UNRWA Rafah compound

10 Hamas terrorists eliminated

IAF strikes Hamas war room in UNRWA school

IDF, Shin Bet intelligence leads to strike on Hamas war room embedded inside a UNRWA school in the area of Nuseirat, eliminating 15 terrorists, including over 10 from Hamas.

IAF strikes Hamas war room in UNRWA school

UNRWA fire likely caused by children, investigation finds

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini claimed that the fire caused 'extensive damage,' police say it was set by children below age of criminal liability.

UNRWA fire likely caused by children, investigation finds

Palestan and UNRWA: Trying to cancel the Jewish People

Do not pin your hopes on historical and contemporary facts. Jews can only survive when they do not accept the slightest disrespect from the hordes of hateful, jealous, and misguided creatures who call for their destruction. Op-ed.

Palestan and UNRWA: Trying to cancel the Jewish People

In wake of protests

UNRWA to temporarily close Jerusalem headquarters

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini says “Israeli extremists” set fire to the agency's Jerusalem complex: It is the responsibility of the State of Israel to ensure that United Nations personnel and facilities are protected at all times.

UNRWA to temporarily close Jerusalem headquarters

Over a protest

UNRWA chief blasts Deputy Jerusalem Mayor

UNRWA Director-General blasts Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Arieh King for a demonstration outside the organization's offices in Jerusalem. King responds: There is no better feeling than that.

UNRWA chief blasts Deputy Jerusalem Mayor

UNRWA head:

'Israel barred me from entering Gaza for a second time'

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini accuses Israel of denying the United Nations humanitarian access to the Gaza Strip.

'Israel barred me from entering Gaza for a second time'

IDF strikes Hamas command and control center in UNRWA complex

Hamas oversaw the supply of weapons to dozens of Hamas terrorists from inside the command and control center, including those located and operating inside underground terror tunnels.

IDF strikes Hamas command and control center in UNRWA complex

Israel takes action against UNRWA Commissioner-General

UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini submitted a request to enter Israel and Gaza, but was refused.

Israel takes action against UNRWA Commissioner-General

'Due to lack of evidence'

UN closes probe against some UNRWA staff

UN spokesperson says investigators examining Israeli accusations that 12 UNRWA staff took part in the October 7 Hamas attacks have closed one case and suspended three more.

UN closes probe against some UNRWA staff

Foreign Ministry responds

Germany to resume cooperation with UNRWA

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Oren Marmorstein denounces Germany's decision to resume cooperation with UNRWA: Regrettable and disappointing.

Germany to resume cooperation with UNRWA

UN probe on UNRWA:

'Israel didn't provide evidence staff were terror group members'

Foreign Ministry fires back after UN probe says UNRWA is irreplaceable: UNRWA-Gaza is a rotten and poisonous tree whose roots are Hamas.

'Israel didn't provide evidence staff were terror group members'

Incitement in UNRWA:

Schools in Gaza teach how to conquer Israel

Videos from UNRWA schools and other bodies indicates severe incitement against Israel continuing within the schools in the Gaza Strip.

Schools in Gaza teach how to conquer Israel

Activists demand: Close UNRWA offices in Jerusalem

Im Tirtzu activists, MK Boaz Bismuth, demonstrate living conditions of Israeli hostages held in Gaza, demand removal of UNRWA from Jerusalem.

Activists demand: Close UNRWA offices in Jerusalem

Over UNRWA funding:

Canadian families of Hamas victims sue Canadian government

Canadian families who lost loved ones on October 7, together with Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, take Canadian government to court over decision to resume funding for UNRWA.

Canadian families of Hamas victims sue Canadian government

'You feed the devil'

Hostage's sister-in-law confronts UNRWA employee

Tzofit Libman, the sister-in-law of the hostage Elyakim Libman cornered an employee of the aid organization outside its offices in Jerusalem.

Hostage's sister-in-law confronts UNRWA employee

Protesters outside UNRWA:

'You murdered and abducted our children'

Protesters, some dressed as Hamas terrorists, blocked the entrances to the organization's offices in Jerusalem to protest its employees' involvement in the October 7th massacre.

'You murdered and abducted our children'

Japan to restore funding to UNRWA

Japan to lift suspension of funding to UN “Palestinian refugees” agency, which was cut after Israel said that 12 UNRWA staff had taken part in Hamas’ October 7 attack.

Japan to restore funding to UNRWA

UNRWA Jerusalem offices

'UNRWA's school of abduction and incitement'

The Im Tirtzu movement set up a display depicting Israeli hostages in a classroom in front of a UNRWA teacher.

'UNRWA's school of abduction and incitement'

Foreign Min.: UNRWA is part of Hamas' terrorist infrastructure

Israel's Foreign Ministry responds to interim report on UNRWA-Hamas connections, calls it out as 'attempt to cover up UNRWA's failures in order to enable the refunding of the agency.'

Foreign Min.: UNRWA is part of Hamas' terrorist infrastructure

The role of the Middle East War Correspondent

The role of a wartime journalist is to convey the context of war. And he can bring about change and awareness. Opinion.

The role of the Middle East War Correspondent

Under certain conditions:

France to resume funding to UNRWA

France announces it will provide over 30 million euros to UNRWA while ensuring the agency fulfills its mission "in a spirit devoid of incitement to hatred and violence".

France to resume funding to UNRWA

Senator Graham:

'UNRWA is dead to the United States'

South Carolina Senator says the US has no intention to resume funding to UNRWA: Somebody needs to pull the Palestinian school system up by its roots and destroy it.

'UNRWA is dead to the United States'

Lebanon:

UNRWA suspends teacher, protests break out

Dozens protest outside Beirut office of UNRWA after it put a staff member on administrative leave over violations of staff conduct regulations.

UNRWA suspends teacher, protests break out

Hostage family members block entrance to UNRWA in Jerusalem

Hostage family members and activists block entrance to UNRWA offices in Jerusalem, claiming: 'You know where they are, bring them home.'

Hostage family members block entrance to UNRWA in Jerusalem

UNRWA chief:

'We have enough funds to operate through May'

After warning that the UN agency would not be able to survive through March, UNRWA chief says the organization now has enough funds to keep operating until at least the end of May.

'We have enough funds to operate through May'

Report:

US lobbied Canada to keep funding UNRWA

Canadian minister says US Ambassador to the UN pressed the Canadian government to resume funding to UNRWA even as the US had cut funding over organization's ties to Hamas, employees participation in October 7.

US lobbied Canada to keep funding UNRWA

Donald Trump:

'You'd have to be crazy or a fool not to act like Israel'

The former President gave an extensive interview supporting Israel's war against Hamas and decrying the Biden administration for opposing it.

'You'd have to be crazy or a fool not to act like Israel'

Former UNRWA official:

'Haniyeh was a teacher in one of our schools'

Former UNRWA official acknowledges that Hamas leader was a teacher in UNRWA school, claims Western countries "corrupted" the UNRWA curricula.

'Haniyeh was a teacher in one of our schools'

Khan Yunis:

Grenades, RPGs, mortar shells found in UNRWA bags

IDF soldiers identified terror infrastructure and weapons belonging to the Hamas terrorist organization, eliminated terrorists at close range using tank fire, and neutralized threats positioned near the fence.

Grenades, RPGs, mortar shells found in UNRWA bags

Bernie Sanders:

'Netanyahu government should not receive another penny'

Senator Bernie Sanders criticizes appropriations bill which froze the US assistance to UNRWA and includes US military aid to Israel: This will only intensify the already horrific situation in Gaza.

'Netanyahu government should not receive another penny'

Saudi Arabia announces funding for UNRWA

Saudi Arabia says it will provide $40 million in funding to UNRWA that will provide food and tents.

Saudi Arabia announces funding for UNRWA

UN review of UNRWA:

'Critical areas still need to be addressed'

UN independent review group says UNRWA is doing everything within its power to ensure neutrality, but has also identified critical areas that still need to be addressed.

'Critical areas still need to be addressed'

'Close the branch of Hamas'

Protesters block UNRWA offices in Jerusalem

Dozens of protesters from the Tzav 9 organization block UNRWA's offices in Jerusalem, call on Israeli government to bring back hostages. 'UNRWA is the root of Hamas, we are at war against them.'

Protesters block UNRWA offices in Jerusalem

Report:

US Congress deal bars funds to UNRWA until 2025

Sources say an agreement reached by US congressional leaders and the White House will continue a ban on US funding for UNRWA until March 2025.

US Congress deal bars funds to UNRWA until 2025

UNRWA chief claims:

'Israel blocked me from entering Gaza'

UNRWA head Philippe Lazzarini: I intended to go into Rafah today, but my entry was declined. Israel responds: Another attempt by UNRWA to blame Israel for their own mistakes.

'Israel blocked me from entering Gaza'

If not UNRWA then what?

Knesset discusses alternatives for Gaza aid

MK Sharren Haskel explains to Arutz Sheva that UNRWA funds are pocketed by Hamas and do not reach civilians.

Knesset discusses alternatives for Gaza aid

ICJ to hear Nicaragua vs. Germany case on Israel aid

International Court of Justice will hold hearings on April 8 and 9 in Nicaragua's case against Germany for giving military aid to Israel and defunding UNRWA.

ICJ to hear Nicaragua vs. Germany case on Israel aid

Australia to resume funding to UNRWA

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the government will apply "stringent conditions" on the new funding agreement with UNRWA.

Australia to resume funding to UNRWA

'I am appalled':

European member of Parliament speaks about UNRWA

Watch: European member of Parliament Assita Kanko speaks about UNRWA at the Parliament plenum.

European member of Parliament speaks about UNRWA

UNRWA claims:

'Israel coerced employees to admit Hamas ties'

UNRWA report claims some of its employees who were released into Gaza from Israeli detention said they were pressured into falsely stating the agency has Hamas links.

'Israel coerced employees to admit Hamas ties'

Israel to Canada & Sweden:

Reinstating funding to UNRWA is a serious mistake

Decision to reinstate funding to UNRWA 'constitutes tacit agreement and support' by Canadian and Swedish governments for UNRWA employees' involvement in Oct. 7 massacre, Foreign Ministry says.

Reinstating funding to UNRWA is a serious mistake

Canada to resume funding to UNRWA

Canada's International Aid Minister officially announces that Canada will be lifting its temporary pause on funding to UNRWA.

Canada to resume funding to UNRWA

Spain announces additional funding to UNRWA

Spain will give UNRWA an additional 20 million euros in aid, after other countries suspended funding due to its ties to Hamas.

Spain announces additional funding to UNRWA

Trudeau won't confirm resumption of UNRWA funding

Canadian Prime Minister refuses to confirm reports that Canada intends to restore funding to UN agency for “Palestinian refugees”.

Trudeau won't confirm resumption of UNRWA funding

Most UNRWA workers who took part in Oct. 7 are dead

MKs informed during closed hearing that almost all UNRWA employees known to have participated in the Hamas massacre on October 7 have since died.

Most UNRWA workers who took part in Oct. 7 are dead

Lawfare Project:

Investigation launched into Canada's UNRWA funding

Investigation comes in response to revelations that personnel at UNRWA were directly and indirectly involved in recruiting, training, funding, and supporting terrorism – including participating in the October 7th butchering of Jews and the kidnapping and hiding of hostages.

Investigation launched into Canada's UNRWA funding

15 Policy questions for Congress to pose to UNRWA

Most important is the question of why UNRWA exists at all instead of its joining the UNHRC and IOM which work to resettle refugees instead of perpetuating them. Op-ed.

15 Policy questions for Congress to pose to UNRWA

UNRWA chief warns:

'We will be in uncharted territory'

UNRWA chief Philippe Lazzarini accuses Israel of "a deliberate and concerted campaign" against the agency.

'We will be in uncharted territory'

IDF Spokesman:

'Hamas treated Israeli women like animals'

Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari describes recording of UNRWA teacher who took part in October 7 massacre in which a female hostage was described as a 'horse' and as property.

'Hamas treated Israeli women like animals'

Recordings reveal:

UNRWA teachers took part in Oct. 7 massacre

IDF publishes recordings of 2 UNRWA teachers who served as Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists who participated in the massacre, 1 of whom claimed to have kidnapped a Jewish woman.

UNRWA teachers took part in Oct. 7 massacre

Parliamentarians conference calls to disband UNRWA

A delegation of parliamentarians from 21 countries visited one of the towns struck by Hamas on October 7th and called to abolish the UNRWA as 'terror-entrenched.'

Parliamentarians conference calls to disband UNRWA

Universal support for resistance among Palestinians

A conference of various Palestinian organizations in Moscow ended with a declaration of universal support for resistance against Israel.

Universal support for resistance among Palestinians

UNRWA investigation:

UN hoping to receive material from Israel

UN spokesperson says investigators expect to receive materials from Israel related to its accusations that UNRWA staff took part in October 7 attacks.

UN hoping to receive material from Israel

Bypassing UNRWA

US announces humanitarian aid for Palestinian Arabs

USAID says the aid will go through the World Food Program and non-governmental groups rather than UNRWA, whose employees took part in October 7 massacre.

US announces humanitarian aid for Palestinian Arabs