Médecins Sans Frontières: Proposal to designate UNRWA as a terrorist organisation an outrageous attack on humanitarian assistance

On 29 May, a bill aimed at designating the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as a terrorist organisation passed a preliminary reading in Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset, prior to three further readings. A second bill that would lead to the severing of all ties with the UN agency and stripping it of various immunities was also proposed, and passed a preliminary reading. These two bills would not only forbid UNRWA from operating in Israel entirely but would also criminalise the organisation, its activities, and its staff.



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