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October 31, 2019

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft (File photo)

"Israel and the United States are heading a diplomatic effort to increase oversight of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) when its mandate to service Palestinian refugees is renewed in December, according to Israel's Mission to the UN.

The renewal, which occurs every three years, is typically a fairly standard procedure for the 71-year old agency, but the process is expected to receive special attention this year in light of the UN's ongoing investigation into ethical misconduct among UNRWA senior staff.

Israel and the US have been highly critical of UNRWA, which otherwise enjoys broad international support as an organization that provides humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians. The US, which under the Obama administration had been UNRWA's largest donor, cut off all financial assistance to the organization last year.
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It's presumed that UNRWA's mandate will be renewed. Israel and the US are therefore working to ensure that the UN puts a number of oversight measures in place when it extends the mandate..."

ISRAEL, U.S. TO PUSH FOR UNRWA OVERSIGHT WHEN MANDATE IS RENEWED Article

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (File photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

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