Israel dismisses investigation skeptical of UNRWA allegations

Israel’s government reiterated its allegations that several employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA, have ties to Hamas despite a new U.N. investigation that said it had not provided evidence of the claims.

Former French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna led the review, and she was specifically tasked with assessing whether UNRWA “is doing everything within its power to ensure neutrality and to respond to serious breaches when they are made,” as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement at the time he directed the investigation.

Colonna and the investigators found “neutrality-related issues persist,” according to the report. “They include instances of staff publicly expressing political views, host-country textbooks with problematic content being used in some UNRWA schools, and politicized staff unions making threats against UNRWA management and causing operational disruptions.”

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