The United Nations is under fire over the issue of Hamas attacks on Israel. 9 countries including the United States and the United Kingdom have suspended funding for the alleged involvement of 12 officials in the October 7 attack. The United Nations calls the funding freeze a violation of the Genocide Convention. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that it will be difficult to save the lives of Palestinians who are at risk of starvation.
Recently, Israel accused 12 workers of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine (UNRWA) of being involved in the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. Tel Aviv demanded the resignation of the head of the organization and the end of humanitarian aid operations of the organization in Gaza. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency announced on Friday that it would launch an investigation into the allegations against several officials.
After that, the United States announced a temporary suspension of funding to the organization. Later they were joined by various countries including UK, Canada, Germany, Australia. The European Union (EU) has said that further action will be taken based on a full investigation.
Concerned about this, the head of the relief and action organization, Philippe Lazzarini, called on the countries to reconsider the decision. Currently, more than 2 million people in Gaza depend on their relief to survive, and they will be at risk if the funding is stopped, he said.
Meanwhile, stopping the funding would violate the UN Genocide Convention, UN Special Rapporteur Francisca Albanese said. He said the announcement of the funding freeze, a day after the International Court of Justice verdict, is a collective punishment of millions of Palestinians.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the announcement of the funding freeze and called for continued aid to the helpless Palestinians.