Senior members of Hamas have escalated their threats against UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), following UNRWA’s announcement that it will have to reduce its services due to a lack of funding, Arutz Sheva reports.
UNRWA is the largest organization belonging to the United Nations, with an operating budget of over a billion dollars per year. It provides health care, education, and other services to Palestinians. It is also the only UN organization dedicated to a specific group of refugees, and Palestinians are the only refugees who can inherit refugee status from their parents.
Arutz Sheva reports that the organization is currently running on a deficit of $101 million. Without the extra money, it claims that it will be forced to delay the start of the coming school year.
Hamas organized large-scale demonstrations against the possible delay throughout Gaza. Participants waved banners criticizing the organization, calling for a “right of return” and threatening a “revolution of the refugee camps and anger.” Read more here.