September 25, 2018
Press Release | “Adaleh” Coalition addresses the United Nations
and Ministers for Foreign Affairs to take responsibilities towards UNRWA
The Palestinian Coalition for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights “Adaleh” addressed last week more than 100 Ministers for Foreign Affairs around the world in addition to the Secretary-General of the United Nations; stressing on the political and economic rights of the Palestinian refugees, and emphasizing the fact that the establishment of UNRWA, with UNGA Res. 302 (IV) of 8 December 1949, was with the objective to provide direct relief and employment for the Palestine refugees.
The Agency started its activities on 1 May 1950 and provided important living servicing, most prominently in education, health and employment, but, most importantly, it represented the recognition of the international community, which recognized the establishment of Israel on the Palestinian territory, of its responsibility over the refugees issue, which also recognized their right to return, pursuant to Res. 194, yet, was unable to have that implemented on Israel for 70 years, as the Palestinian refugees continue waiting for their right to return to their homeland, from which they were deported.
Adaleh Coalition stressed in all correspondences the political ramifications of the decision taken by the US administration to stop UNRWA funding, a decision that aims at dissolving and ending the Agency alleging it contributes to sustaining the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is contrary to the international law grounds relevant to the issue of the Palestinian refugees. This step is considered as unprecedented in using humanitarian assistance for political blackmailing and constitutes danger to the stability of the rules of international law and International Humanitarian Law, a matter that is indicative to the attempt to totally change these rules, in such a way that undermines international peace and security and further ignores the basic rights of the Palestinian refugees, as stated in the relevant UNGA resolutions, the first of which Resolution 194. The aforementioned US decision seeks to serve as the beginning of turning the UNRWA into just another organization similar to the Conciliation Committee and consequently cease to exist. The cut on the UNRWA budget will inflict harm to more than 5.5 million Palestinian refugees across UNRWA’s operation areas.
The Palestinian Coalition for Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (Adaleh is concerned over the situation in the region, especially following the political decisions of the administration of the US President Trump that are biased to the Israeli occupation at the expense of the legitimate Palestinian rights enshrined in International Law and UN Resolutions, which the US administration expressed in the decision to move the US embassy into Jerusalem that the US administration recognized as the capital of Israel.
The letter that was addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and over 100 Ministers for Foreign Affairs and demanded them to take up their responsibilities, pursuant to the UN Charter, and to urgently interfere for the implementation of UN Resolutions on the Palestinian refugees’ issue and to act for committing the occupation state to implementing them and the return of Palestinian refugees to their homeland from which they were deported. Also, to take action to make UNRWA a permanent agency as long as the Palestinian refugees issue continues to exist, through a UNGA decision, and to enable the UNRWA to take up its responsibilities and allocate its budget from the UN budget in order to absolve UNRWA from states’ political blackmailing and to ensure that the agency will be free of conditional assistance by the different states, a matter that affects its performance and services provided to the Palestinian refugees.