The two stories are there most important for the UNRWA and Palestinians as the German government has pledged to increase funds for the UN agency that supports Palestinian refugees, whereas another report circulating suggests that the US, the biggest donor for UNRWA will be ending all its support and funding in coming weeks.
It should be noted here that US has slashed their funding to the greater extent this ongoing year that it has left UNRWA in deficient. In wake of that, Germany bid to extend their support by extending their funds for UNRWA, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas informed in a letter to European Union foreign ministers.
“We are currently preparing to provide an additional amount of significant funds,” Mass wrote in the letter without actually revealing the magnitude of this increase. At the same time, he also hinted that what they would be doing won’t be enough to overcome the deficit taking place due to US withdrawal. So he urged other states and the European Union members with asking them to plan “a sustainable finance basis for the organization”.
Talking about Germany’s fund to UNRWA this ongoing year are €81 million ($94.5 million). On the other hand, the US, who has been the biggest donor of this organization has provided $60 million (€51.5 million) this year as compared to the $365 million previous years’ funding.
With the German Foreign Minister’s letter to the UN it seems the European country is keen to extend its support to UNRWA as it can have uncertain consequences, “The loss of this organization could unleash an uncontrollable chain reaction,” wrote Maas.