Anderson calls for more funding for UNRWA

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has called for more funding to be given to the UN Relief and Works Agency to help alleviate the suffering in Gaza.

Speaking in the European Parliament, Ms Anderson said;

“If the international community does not have the political will to address the root causes of the conflict in Palestine, namely the Israeli occupation and ongoing blockade, then at the very least it should be working to protect the most vulnerable.

“I regularly hear MEPs defend international human rights and while this is welcome, sadly there are other MEPs who are content to act as spectators to, or even defenders of, unacceptable breaches of international and humanitarian law.

“During the recent onslaught on Gaza, 96,000 Palestinian homes were destroyed.

“720 million dollars of assistance is needed. So far the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has received 135 million dollars, leaving a shortfall of 585 million dollars.

“In the over-populated open-air prison of Gaza people are living among rubble and children are dying of hypothermia because of lack of shelter.

“When Palestinians are silent they are often forgotten by many in the international community but thankfully not by UNRWA whose 12,500 staff work tirelessly on behalf of some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

“It is essential that they are given adequate funding to help Palestinian refugees and the people of Gaza.”