Al-Quds (Jerusalem) refugees reject plan to replace UNRWA with Israel services Published: Fri, 09-November-2018
Photo: Palestinian women shout slogans during a protest against US aid cuts to UNRWA outside the UN office in Gaza Strip on 11 February 2018 [SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images]

Palestinian refugees are continuing protests against the replacement of UNRWA services in occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem) with that of the Israeli municipality in the city.

Last month, Israeli Mayor of Al-Quds (Jerusalem), Nir Barkat, announced that he plans to remove the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees from occupied East Al-Quds (Jerusalem), accusing it of “operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel”.

Protests have been ongoing for ten days and began after Barkat stormed the Shuafat refugee camp, bringing with him municipality workers who have since been providing street sweeping services in an effort to replace UNRWA workers.

“UNRWA has started implementing new projects to improve the environment in the refugee camp that continue until 2020,” activist Muhannad Ghanayim told the Palestinian news website.

Palestinian activist Khader Al-Dibbis said that the retention of the protests “proves that the UNRWA is the main representative of the Palestinian refugees, not the Israeli occupation.”

UNRWA was created by the UN in 1949 to offer assistance to the Palestinian refugees who were forcibly expelled from their homes to make way for the creation of the state of Israel in 1948

Source: Middle East Monitor