RAMALLAH: The Palestinians are profoundly involved by UNRWA Commissioner-Basic’s declarations that the organisation will delegate its humanitarian providers for five million Palestinian refugees residing in 58 refugees camps to different organisations to beat its extreme monetary disaster, Palestinian sources confirmed to Arab Information on Sunday.
The UNRWA Commissioner-Basic Philippe Lazzarini mentioned in a letter to the Palestinian refugees dated April 23: “This 12 months, a really harsh winter and the influence of the warfare in Ukraine on costs of meals and gas within the area add to the each day hardship you’re dealing with. I witnessed this firsthand a couple of days in the past after I met with Palestine refugees in Khan Danoun Camp and Yarmouk in Syria, many refugees shared with me their wrestle to satisfy their fundamental wants and the way the socio-economic state of affairs compels them to return to reside amid the rubble in Yarmouk.”
He indicated the financial hardship the Palestinian refugees undergo within the West Financial institution, Gaza Strip, Jordan and Lebanon, as a result of safety and unstable financial conditions in these international locations.
“The painful actuality is that within the final ten years, and regardless of immense outreach and fundraising efforts, the assets accessible to UNRWA have stagnated, whereas the wants of Palestine refugees and value of operations maintain growing,” Lazzarini mentioned. “The now power underfunding of UNRWA is the results of a mix of shifting geopolitical priorities, new regional dynamics and the emergence of recent humanitarian crises compounded by donor fatigue for one of many world’s longest unresolved conflicts. All these have led to a transparent de-prioritization of the Palestinian challenge, together with most not too long ago amongst some donors from the Arab area.”
The worldwide organisation has offered its providers to 7 million Palestinian refugees residing in Palestinian refugee camps within the West Financial institution, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon since 1948, with a noticeable discount within the high quality and amount of these providers.
“UNRWA has additionally more and more been uncovered to home politics in a few of its conventional donor international locations. Coordinated campaigns by organisations that intention to delegitimise and defund the Company and erode the rights of Palestine refugees have elevated in frequency and aggressivity,” the letter mentioned.
In the meantime, the UNRWA Commissioner-Basic toured a number of international locations not too long ago to recruit monetary assets to allow the UNRWA to proceed offering its providers to Palestinian refugees, however no data concerning the end result of his tour.
The sixth worldwide convention on Syria might be organised in early Might in Brussels to debate the difficulty of Palestinian refugees in Syria and their return to the demolished homes within the Yarmouk refugees camp. In June, the Advisory Fee on UNRWA is gathering its main donors and hosts in Lebanon to debate fundraising for the UN company.
The Palestinians view with concern any step that impacts the standing and position of the UNRWA, reworking the Palestinian refugee challenge into a problem of reduction providers, well being and training and ignoring its political dimension associated to the proper of refugees to return to their houses from which they had been displaced, with compensation.
The Joint Refugee Committee referred to as on the UNRWA Commissioner-Basic to seek for inventive and progressive concepts on recruiting monetary assist to fund providers and to not seek for concepts that intersect with the American and Israeli proposals that decision for the gradual termination of UNRWA.
The PLO Division of Refugee Affairs categorically rejected the concepts contained within the letter. It mentioned in a press assertion on Sunday: “We categorical our shock at what was acknowledged within the UNRWA Commissioner-Basic’s letter about his acceptance of transferring a few of UNRWA’s powers to different worldwide organisations to hold out them on its behalf, as one of many choices introduced to make sure the continuity of its providers to Palestinian refugees with out the specter of interruption as a result of UNRWA’s lack of monetary assets.”
The Head of the Refugee Affairs Division on the PLO, Ahmed Abu Holy, mentioned that “it’s not throughout the authority of the Commissioner-Basic of UNRWA to suggest options to handle the monetary deficit within the UNRWA price range that impacts UNRWA’s work mandate, and he doesn’t have the mandate to switch UNRWA’s powers to different worldwide organisations beneath the slogans of partnerships and synergy with UNRWA, whose slogans carry in its secret political dimensions to liquidate UNRWA and switch its powers to worldwide organisations and the governments of the host international locations.”
He mentioned that the Palestinian management is consulting with all involved events, together with UNRWA, donor international locations and members of the Advisory Committee, seeking progressive fashions for reinforcing UNRWA’s monetary assets by discovering new funders, urging conventional donors to extend their funding and speaking with worldwide organisations, such because the World Financial institution, and the Group of Islamic Cooperation and never by transferring the powers of UNRWA to different worldwide organisations.
He mentioned the commissioner-general’s proposal for options couldn’t be justified, realizing that it will immediate antagonistic reactions from Palestinian refugees, UNRWA workers and host international locations.
He referred to as on the UN to allocate an unbiased price range to UNRWA, just like different United Nations establishments, to make sure the continuation of its reduction and operational providers to Palestinian refugees till a simply resolution is discovered.
The commissioner-general’s letter got here three weeks earlier than the Palestinian commemoration of the Nakba, the Palestinian Disaster, on Might 15.