With all of the problems facing America, AOC wants to focus on this. Seems strange.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is urging the United States to reinstate funding for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), responsible for aiding Palestinian refugees. The agency is under scrutiny following allegations that 12 of its workers were involved in the October 7 attack by Hamas on Israel.
Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the importance of not cutting off support to UNRWA, as it is the primary source of humanitarian aid for over 2 million Gazans. Despite serious accusations against 12 out of 13,000 UN aid workers, she deems it unacceptable to risk the well-being of millions.
In a tweet on Monday, Ocasio-Cortez stated, “The US should restore aid immediately.” This aligns with her consistent advocacy for providing Palestinians with humanitarian assistance. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” she highlighted the U.S.’s responsibility to protect the human rights and humanity of Gazans and hostages in the region.
The controversy surrounding UNRWA intensified when Israel accused 12 of its employees of involvement in the assault that resulted in approximately 1,200 casualties. Several nations, including the U.S., suspended aid to UNRWA in response to these allegations.
According to an Israeli document obtained by the Associated Press, two workers were accused of kidnapping or assisting in the capturing of Israelis during the attack. The document also implicated two employees in raids on communal farming villages. Some individuals on the list were accused of participating in terror activities, while others had ties to Hamas or the Islamic Jihad militant group.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres acknowledged the allegations, revealing that nine of the 12 individuals implicated had been identified and terminated. He called for countries to resume funding to UNRWA, emphasizing that current resources are insufficient to meet the agency’s February obligations to support civilians in Gaza.
While recognizing the severity of the alleged acts, Guterres stressed that the tens of thousands of UNRWA staff, often working in perilous conditions, should not face penalties. He urged consequences for the accused individuals without compromising aid to the vulnerable populations served by the agency.