SWITZERLAND - Stops Payment to UNRWA

Arno Froese

Switzerland suspended payments to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) until completion of a UN investigation into ethical misconduct among senior officials in the organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said.

The Swiss Foreign Department said it contacted the UNRWA as soon it heard of rumors regarding the UN investigation. The foreign department attaches special importance on good governance of international organizations, it added.

UNRWA Commission Pierre Krahenbuhl assured the donors of UNRWA’s cooperation with the investigation. The Swiss Federal Department said it was in contact with other donors to decide on what appropriate measures should be taken.

The UN publicly acknowledged the investigation, which is being conducted by the Office of Internal Oversight Services. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “committed to acting swiftly upon receiving the full report,” UN spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters in New York.

“We will be looking to make sure that all of the countries that have been generous in donating to UNRWA will be able to continue to support that,” he said. “Clearly this is an agency, whose work is critical to the lives and the health and the education of millions of Palestinians across the region. They have been a vital source of stability” for both Palestinians and the region as a whole.

According to Al Jazeera, the ethics report accused top UNRWA officials of nepotism and alleged that they had created an atmosphere of fear, bullying and intimidation, indicating that the problems became more acute in 2018.

Israel Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon tweeted, “The allegations of corruption at the highest levels of UNRWA is revealing, if not surprising. For decades, the organization and its leadership have sold lies to perpetuate the Palestinians’ refugee status. UNRWA is nothing more than an anti-Israel org. Time to hold it accountable.”

-www.jpost.com, 30 July 2019

Arno's commentary

Switzerland is listed in 8th place globally in contributors of aid to foreign countries, with contributions of 0.52% of GNI (gross national income). Sweden is 1.40%, Norway 1.05%, Luxembourg 0.93%, Denmark 0.85%, Netherlands 0.76%, UK 0.71%, Finland 0.56%, Switzerland 0.52% (USA 0.17%).

It is of interest that the United Nations has finally caught up to the truth that funds have been misused by the Arab-Palestinian administration. Stricter rules are expected to be implemented in the future, if the nations of the world are to agree to send aid to those in need. No doubt, this will make it even more difficult for the Arab Palestinians to justify their curriculum teaching children to hate and even kill Jews. This report is somewhat rare but definitely refreshing.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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