Karen AbuZayd, Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, today met with U.S. Consul General Jacob Walles to discuss the United States’ intent to contribute $40 million to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal. Commenting on the donation AbuZayd said “We are immensely grateful for this generous contribution to our severely underfunded Emergency Appeal. It will benefit Palestine refugees in Gaza and in the West Bank who are facing unprecedented hardship at this time.”

U.S. Consul General Jacob Walles said, “Our continued commitment to UNRWA illustrates our concern for the welfare of the Palestinian people, especially those in Gaza. This contribution will help ensure that Palestine refugees receive urgently needed food, health, and other critical emergency assistance. It will also support temporary job creation for nearly 100,000 refugees in the West Bank and Gaza.”

One million refugees in Gaza live in a humiliating poverty, dependent upon UNRWA’s food assistance. UNRWA’s service structure is increasingly strained as the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate.

The United States, which is UNRWA’s largest bilateral donor, contributed a total of $137 million towards the Agency’s work in 2006. This latest donation from the United States follows its contribution of $10 million to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal earlier this year. The funds received will be used to provide food aid, temporary employment, health services and other emergency interventions to the refugees most gravely affected by the current crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory. The Agency needs $246 million for its 2007 Emergency Appeal. Taking into account this contribution from the United States, the remaining shortfall of the Emergency Appeal is $136 million.

UNRWA is a relief and human development agency, providing education, health care, social services and emergency aid to over 4.3 refugees living in the West Bank, Gaza, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

For more information, contact Chris Gunness at +972-542402659 or Sami Mshasha at +972-542168295

Source: United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Date: 21 June 2007


  1. Not only lack of due process, but a slavish obsession with political correctness by:

    1. Not just providing finding of facts, but interpreting and skewing them in light of an objective: "working towards peace"….

    2. Making a moral equivalent between the Israeli religious educational system and the Islamic counterpart. But the Israeli religious folks do not engage in terror and do not send suicide bombers.

  2. IMO, until Jewish citizens of Israel become completely comfortable in their own skins as Jews, and until Jews in Israel become respectful of each other and are willing to understand (this is not to say they must agree) the differing opinions of their fellow Jews, it is premature and foolhardy for Israeli Jews to exhibit or demonstrate any preference for "understanding the other" especially since "the other" (muslim and Jewish seditionists, arab invaders, arab squatters, arab stone-hurlers, etc.) are schooled to hate and detest Jews. The "others" who hate Jews don’t belong in the Jewish Homeland in the first place, and until Jews themselves understand this, and stop respecting and catering to the arab invaders more than they respect each other, the conflict and malaise under the surface of Israel will remain as bad as it is now.


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