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If the allegations are true then condemnation of UNRWA and halting funds is appropriate.

Will Japan apply the same humanitarian standard and likewise condemn Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine and ruthless slaughter of 25000+ Gazans?

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Will Japan apply the same humanitarian standard and likewise condemn Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine and ruthless slaughter of 25000+ Gazans?

Maybe, if that scheme can involve Japan Inc companies that can make profit from JGovt fund, for humanitarian sourcing and construction. Like Japan Inc done across Asia and Africa.

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Up to now complete list of countries that would prefer those refugee in hunger and sick are:

UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, United States, Australia, French and Japan.

Allegation about UNRWA staffs that somehow involved in October tragedy was based on "interrogation" by occupier. The kind of interrogation that won't respect about human rights, even children are not off limit to them. That usually will lead saying whatever interrogators really want.

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/07/19/israel-security-forces-abuse-palestinian-children

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errrr... why stop funding?

That people in the organization may been implicated with terrorist OK, take those people out of the organization and reinforce or implement a strict monitoring system of UNRWA but stop the funding is not the way.

I know this many wont like the following but....

Why victimhood allows a country (not the people the country) to take hostage of an entire nation and manipulate the UN for its territorial expantion?

Why the victim is now doing something similar to what her offender did to her 80 years ago?

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Daniel Neagari

errrr... why stop funding?

Because the funds go straight to Hamas, which uses it to build tunnels and commit terrorism. Trump was correct in de-funding this, and the result of Biden´s starting the payments again we saw on October 7.

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Concerned Citizen

Will Japan apply the same humanitarian standard and likewise condemn Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine and ruthless slaughter of 25000+ Gazans?

You have to define what you meam by "Palestine". As far as Hamas and the PA are concerned, Palestine includes all of Israel. Is that what you mean?

As for "ruthless slaughter", it is called war, and Hamas can end it any time by surrendering and releasing the hostages. Not rocket science.

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@Zaphod

As for "ruthless slaughter", it is called war

By this logic Hamas's murderous actions in retaliation to Israel's occupation are completely justified.

The point of my post is that murder, violence and war by either side is unacceptable because all lives matter.

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@Zaphod

I think you are obfuscated. Or at least you are willingly blind just to go along with you political allegiance.

Neither me nor others commenting here are supporting what Hamas (a terrorist gourp) is doing. But we are trying to meassure with the same stack both sides trying to be fair and centred... if you want to call that bias that is sad.

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Hypocrisy at a new level,

Before stopping aid why don't we first confirm the report and see who was involved! dismiss them or punish them by law and move on. millions of people in Gaza are reliant on this aid especially now, collective punishment is TOTALY UNACCEPTABLE and inhumane in these miserable times.

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Israel has killed over 25,000 people including women, children, and infants, destroyed hospital, schools Mosques and Churches and NO ONE STOPPED their aid to Israel, in fact it has increased. Then we sit and wonder why Arab, Muslims, including the Palestinians are Angry, disgusted, and Frustrated!!?

As the head of the UN once stated, The Oct. 7th attack did not happen in a vacuum.

May Peace prevail in the middle east so they can get off the support of the UN and who ever is aiding them. The great Ancient civilizations once almost ruled the world and they shall rise again.

So go ahead world and cut off your support, they will and shall survive.

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UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini said in a statement Saturday that the decisions by nine countries to suspend funding "threatens our ongoing humanitarian work across the region including and especially in the Gaza Strip."

May be it's time for these nations to get off their butts and start being productive so they don't live at the mercy of war mongers.

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"" The U.S. is Unrwa's single largest funder, contributing $344 million to the agency in 2022. The U.K. gave $21 million, Italy $18 million and Canada donated $24 million in the same period, while Australia and Finland funded the agency at $14 million and $8 million, respectively.2 days ago source WSJ.com""

""The Government of Japan contributed US$ 7 million to UNRWA in support of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the ongoing escalation"" , Source UNRWA.

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This whole thing is a sham.

Confessions taken under durress are not reliable evidence. And there are still no details of exactly what these crimes were. Revenge for the UN ruling last week.

Not at all surprised to see Japan hasnt lost touch with the other colonial, genocidal states.

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Japan joins others in halting funds for U.N. Palestinian refugee agency

Well done Japan. Not one more cent should be given to this genocidal-complicit quasi-terrorist organization.,

And "refugee" cheapens the meaning of actual refugees. Just because someone's grandparent or great grandparent lived somewhere doesn't give one the right to claim the land on which they lived upon. Anyone here with an Austrian great grandparent? Go to Trieste and demand title to that inlet on the sea be turned over to you. Have a German grandfather? Demand the French give you back his cottage in Alsace.

Confessions taken under durress are not reliable evidence.

How about video taken by Hamas and posted on SMS?

By this logic Hamas's murderous actions in retaliation to Israel's occupation are completely justified.

No, because by your own words, "murder" doesn't constitute war.

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It is hard for me to believe that any rational person would want to stay there. I would take an offer to go to any other country especially Canada. It is a cursed land all around.

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Didn’t Israel just get accused and found guilty of genocide in Gaza….yet nothing about stopping the funding for them or supply of bombs to slaughter women and children in Gaza! The hypocrisy is sickening!

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Yet another example of parroting the American/West.

Next time, to avoid such comments, how about taking the initiative, IE, implement/carry out something, making geopolitical decisions before the American/West?????

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Didn’t Israel just get accused and found guilty of genocide in Gaza

No, you are completely wrong; which is not your fault because relying on mainstream media for news headlines and Tik Tok for in-depth analysis of political issues can be misleading. From the US State Dept.:

“The court did not make a finding about genocide or call for a ceasefire in its ruling.”

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So they will temporarily starve children to make a point? This is one of the (many) reasons I hate politicians.

The UN operates in third world toilets and war zone around the world. It is inevitable that they will have to work with the local criminals, terrorists, gangsters and politicians. Corporates do the same when they operate in theses places. It wouldn't be a surprise if some of these people infiltrated UN positions. Occupational hazard.

Do these idiots think that a first world process of due diligence is possible, working in these places?

And as governments are awash with nepotism, corruption and incompetence, they are hardly in a position to criticise others.

I think there will be a lot more state undermining of the UN going forward, as it might get in the way of the tribalisation of society, Cold War 2 and progress to a third world war.

quote: Didn’t Israel just get accused and found guilty of genocide in Gaza.

No. Israel has US support, so they were just urged to kill fewer women and children.

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Just because someone's grandparent or great grandparent lived somewhere doesn't give one the right to claim the land on which they lived upon.

You see the irony in what you just said, right?

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So they will temporarily starve children to make a point? This is one of the (many) reasons I hate politicians.

Ask Hamas; they can release the hostages any day.

The UN operates in third world toilets and war zone around the world. It is inevitable that they will have to work with the local criminals, terrorists, gangsters and politicians.

What's not inevitable is that they will commit murder and kidnapping of children, women, and the elderly.

quote: Didn’t Israel just get accused and found guilty of genocide in Gaza.

No. Israel has US support, so they were just urged to kill fewer women and children.

No; the antisemites want to accuse a sovereign country of defending itself against a terrorist group whose charter stipulates its main goal is to kill all the Jews.

You see the irony in what you just said, right?

You don't understand the meaning of the word irony, right?

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Good. Suspending funding is the only way to force the entrenched bias in these UN organisations to be addressed. Once they clean house and fire the terrorist supporters at all level s and get back ti doing what they were set up to do which includes effective auditing of where and on what the money is spent then funding can resume and this time it just might benefit the residents of Gaza bot vanish in to a big hole in the ground (literally).

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Even a blind person can see what is going on: Hamas leaders = billionaires, UNRWA = one of the world's biggest recipient of donations = no surprise here right? One of the most corrupted organizations on earth! Corruption rampant on that organization, i don't believe that top officials never noticed anything, it smells bad really bad, such level of corruption implicates that not only hamas but ONU officials probably are involved in that scheme, they should check Lazzarini and cia bank accounts and even ask swiss banks for help...what about Gutierrez...all those were reluctant to condemn hamas...maybe now you know why.

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I'm slowly starting to believe all of these governments are run by Satan.

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The 12 employees are all accused in an Israeli dossier - which has been declared gospel. Nine have been dismissed (before an investigation), 1 is dead and two are missing (presumed dead) or there is conjecture to the accuracy of the Israeli provided names (not to mention the utterly untested allegations as a whole).

This twelve represents less than 0.01% of the 13,000 employees on the ground in Gaza.

So, in other words, the majority are being collectively punished for the alleged (and unproven) actions of a very slim minority.

We actually don't know how many employees became victims of the slaughter. UNRWA has always been in the crosshairs of Tel Aviv radicals - figuratively and literally - who view it as an obstacle to the total subjugation (and worse) of the Palestinians.

Once again it is western nations and their lackeys that are behind this. No coincidence that this cruel measure was taken right after the ICJ ruling - more perception management. Shame on Biden, Tokyo and those other accomplices who are collaborating on the next stage of elimination.

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Looking at the list of fellow countries it looks like we are back to the Meiji era 脫亞論 Leaving Asia Policy.

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When good old US say woof woof, Japan say wan wan..

Where is your dignity Japan, where??..

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Sounds like another evil play by Israel at a perfectly chosen moment. Its disturbing how many trust it without any independent investigation. Israel is doing genocide of Palestinians and cutting funds and switching focus from mass murders by Israel is exactly what they need.

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Will Japan apply the same humanitarian standard and likewise condemn Israel's brutal occupation of Palestine and ruthless slaughter of 25000+ Gazans?

I hope not. Israel defending itself from the people who attacked them isn’t something I hope Japan would condemn

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As Hamas militants control everything that goes on in Gaza with an iron fist, they also control who is employed by UNRWA, and futhermore distribute those UN resources in a way to further cement their own power.

The problem is not cutting off the UNRWA, the problem is that Israel and the US have not stepped up with an alternative, with the means to allow refugees to leave the war zone and take refuge in Israel in refugee camps, where they would be safe, fed, and be able to receive medical care. Doing that would have been expensive - perhaps ~10 billion USD - and logistically challenging ~2 million people for a year or two, but a bargain in the long run.

That refugee strategy, combined with initially taking control of the Philadelphi corridor (the border with Egypt) right away, would have cut off the weapon supply lines of Hamas right away, allowing Israel to rely a siege strategy. Instead Netanyahu pursued a half baked "I wish" plot to drive the Gaza population south into Egypt, all the while knowing, but not caring, such an outcome would likely turn Egypt into a Hezbollah like state, ensuring future headaches, expense, and many, many Israeli lives.

But such a refugee camp plan would also be meaningless in the long run unless Israel stops it's West Bank border creep policy. There is no way to way to cut off the flow of arms to the West Bank. Continually pulling out the rug from under Mahmoud Abbas is no different from inviting Hamas to take over the West Bank.

The sad truth is that Netanyahu and Hamas both thrive off each other. Both want to live in state of war promising victory - but only able to deliver permanent suffering.

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People need to stop acting like the people in Gaza are innocent. Nearly 72% supported the Hamas attacks on Israel on Oct 7. They aren't innocent. Ref: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/poll-shows-palestinians-back-oct-7-attack-israel-support-hamas-rises-2023-12-14/

Seventy-two percent of respondents said they believed the Hamas decision to launch the cross-border rampage in southern Israel was "correct" given its outcome so far

I feel bad for the 22% who did NOT support Hama.

Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction , has ruled Gaza since splitting with the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 2007.

Hamas is a terrorist organization. Period. Israel is doing what they need to do with any organization that uses violence with the stated goal above. They must be destroyed completely to the point they cannot fight at all.

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People need to stop acting like the people in Gaza are innocent. Nearly 72% supported the Hamas attacks on Israel on Oct 7. They aren't innocent. Ref: https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/poll-shows-palestinians-back-oct-7-attack-israel-support-hamas-rises-2023-12-14/

Not only that, but 63% of polled Palestinians support armed struggle against Israelis a way to secure an independent state and end Israel occupation (which many Palestinians consider the entire state of Israel as being occupied. Only 20% of those polled supported negotiations and 13% backed non-violent protest.

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The collective west has declared the Palestinians cannot resist occupation and should submit. The "rules-based-order" has spoken.

Gotcha.

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Japan should not give any money to UN or to Ukrainian war madness

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Gabor FabriciusToday 06:38 am JST

Japan should not give any money to UN or to Ukrainian war madness

Ukraine is under heinous assault by a larger neighbor. The right thing to do is to help them defend themselves.

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JJEToday 06:37 am JST

The collective west has declared the Palestinians cannot resist occupation and should submit. The "rules-based-order" has spoken.

If they are going to "resist" by exclusively war crimes, yes.

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theFu: Nearly 72% supported the Hamas attacks on Israel on Oct 7.

You are deluded if you believe it is even possible to perform a reliable poll in Gaza now. Who gets to be running a poll, a journalist reporting the news there, or any job interfacing with the external world is controlled completely by Hamas on pain of death.

Don't take my word for it -

Mosab Hassan Yousef (ater Joseph, also nicknamed "The Green Prince")[1] was born in Ramallah, a city 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) north of Jerusalem. His father, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, is a Hamas co-founder who spent many years in Israeli prisons. .... Yousef said he saw the light after a stint in an Israeli jail during the mid-1990s. At Megiddo Prison, he witnessed Hamas inmates leading a brutal year-long campaign to weed out supposed Israeli collaborators. "During that time, Hamas tortured and killed hundreds of prisoners," he said, recalling vivid memories of needles being inserted under fingernails and bodies charred with burning plastics. Many, if not all, had nothing to do with Israeli intelligence. "I will never forget their screams," he continued. "I started asking myself a question. What if Hamas succeeded in destroying Israel and building a state. Will they destroy our people in this way?"

He converted to Christianity and lives in the US now.

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The move followed a U.S. announcement Friday that it would be pausing funding for UNRWA,

Trump had stopped US funding to this terrorist-sponsoring organization.

Time to dismantle all these anti-Israel groups; ICJ included.

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Has Japanese government have said she will take "Leading role to mitigate the Gaza crisis?

So this is their contribution, right?

Do exactly what USA done with a two days delay to show their "True Colours"!

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I hope not. Israel defending itself from the people who attacked them isn’t something I hope Japan would condemn

Israel is not defending itself. Its committing a genocide.

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Japan has decided to suspend funding for a U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees, joining the United States and others, amid allegations that its staff may have been involved in Hamas' attack on Israel last year.

Then they should also STOP funding the Israeli Likud Party and Netanyahu in particular since they have funded Hamas too.

Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas.

This is part of our strategy – to isolate the Palestinians in Gaza from the Palestinians in the West Bank.

Speaking to Likud members of the Knesset (March 2019), as cited in "Another Concept Implodes: Israel Can’t Be Managed by a Criminal Defendant", ***Haaretz* (9 October 2023)**

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Japan has decided to suspend funding for a U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees, joining the United States and others, amid allegations that its staff may have been involved in Hamas' attack on Israel last year.

Then they should also STOP funding the Israeli Likud Party and Netanyahu in particular since they have funded Hamas too.

The Israeli Likud Party did not participate in Hamas' and its supporters' (including UNWRA members) massacre and murder and kidnapping of infants, children and the elderly in Israel on October 7.

This is part of our strategy – to isolate the Palestinians in Gaza from the Palestinians in the West Bank.

It's good strategy that proved to protect Israel because the Arab terrorists attacked only from Israel's land in Gaza on October, and not from Judea and Samaria.

Well-done.

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The Israeli Likud Party did not participate in Hamas' and its supporters' (including UNWRA members) massacre and murder and kidnapping of infants, children and the elderly in Israel on October 7.

They did fund the people that did it and then proceeded to kill other innocent people who had NOTHING to do with Oct 7

It's good strategy that proved to protect Israel because the Arab terrorists attacked only from Israel's land in Gaza on October, and not from Judea and Samaria.

Its a STUPID strategy that will eventually see the end of Israel.

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They did fund the people that did it and then proceeded to kill other innocent people who had NOTHING to do with Oct 7

They didn't fund the people for the purpose of having them attack Israel. If I take in a stray dog and feed it and let it stay in my house, and later it bites me, it doesn't mean I wanted the animal to attack me.

And the innocent people are those killed by Hamas on October 7.

All the other Hamas supporters knew they were supporting a terrorist group, and they are getting justice served to them.

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They didn't fund the people for the purpose of having them attack Israel.

They did it to destroy Palestinian Unity and their consequences came back to them.

If I take in a stray dog and feed it and let it stay in my house, and later it bites me, it doesn't mean I wanted the animal to attack me.

The Israelis never fed anyone. They have been killing people and dehumanizing them for decades. You reap what you sow.

And the innocent people are those killed by Hamas on October 7.

Nowhere NEAR the number of innocent people killed in Gaza.

All the other Hamas supporters knew they were supporting a terrorist group, and they are getting justice served to them.

So by YOUR logic, Israelis are also supporting a terrorist regime since Netanyahu funded them and deserved Oct 7.

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They did it to destroy Palestinian Unity and their consequences came back to them.

There was no unity--Hamas kicked out the Palestinian Authority from Gaza 18 years ago.

And look who is paying for it now in Gaza.

The Israelis never fed anyone. They have been killing people and dehumanizing them for decades. You reap what you sow.

That's why Israel is a country, and Hamas and its supporters and other Arabs in Israel's lands in Judea and Samaria not only don't have their own country, even their Arab brothers won't take them in, and in fact, the other Arab nations kicked out the Gaza Arabs, which is how they ended up in the region inhabited by Israel and the Jews for thousands of years.

Look what Gaza is reaping now.

Nowhere NEAR the number of innocent people killed in Gaza.

There's no innocent people in Gaza.

So by YOUR logic, Israelis are also supporting a terrorist regime since Netanyahu funded them and deserved Oct 7.

Here it is--your antisemtism coming out at the end.

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There was no unity--

There was before Israel started supporting Hamas

Hamas kicked out the Palestinian Authority from Gaza 18 years ago.

With Israel's help

And look who is paying for it now in Gaza.

Because of Israel's Genocide

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That's why Israel is a country, and Hamas and its supporters and other Arabs in Israel's lands in Judea and Samaria not only don't have their own country, even their Arab brothers won't take them in, and in fact, the other Arab nations kicked out the Gaza Arabs, which is how they ended up in the region inhabited by Israel and the Jews for thousands of years.

You know the Nazis said the exact same thing about the Jews. The Jews like the Arabs were kicked out from everywhere. Nobody wanted them and that was the Justification for the Holocaust. Well done for parroting Nazi propaganda.

Look what Gaza is reaping now.

Thanks to the new Nazis- Likud and their supporters.

Here it is--your antisemtism coming out at the end.

Really? What do you call this..

There's no innocent people in Gaza.

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More antisemitism by definition:

Drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis.

Well, IF the shoe fits wear it.

https://www.ohchr.org/sites/default/files/Documents/Issues/Religion/Submissions/JBI-Annex1.pdf

The Arabs hate that Israel is a civilized democratic country

Civilized countries do not willfully commit genocide.

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This matter in Gaza is actually not that big of an event in the Middle East. In Yemen, 350,000 civilians including 50,000 children are dead because of the Houthis.

No. Because of a US funded war.

In Syria, a serious mess of an uncivilized country, over 300,000 dead in their uncivll war.

Syria may have its problems BUT what Israel has done over decades is FAR worse. Israel is not civilized at all.

The Arabs are so busy hating everyone I'm surprised they have time to try and use their hate to attack the only Middle East country that treats the Arabs better than Arab countries treat them.

What a joke. Israel is behaving like a rogue terrorist state.

And its being accused of genocide. Which it is doing.

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There was before Israel started supporting Hamas

It's Israel's fault Hamas went to war with the Palestinian Authority. Hilarious.

You know the Nazis said the exact same thing about the Jews.

Right--Hamas and the Nazis are the same. The Nazis were eliminated from power, as will be Hamas.

Syria may have its problems BUT what Israel has done over decades is FAR worse. Israel is not civilized at all.

6.6 MILLION Syrians displaced from war in Syria. What Israel has "done" is grow to be one of the strongest economies and militaries in the world.

Name one Palestinian Arab or Syrian invention in the last 20 years that has improved society. There is none.

And its being accused of genocide. Which it is doing.

Accuse Israel all you want. But you can't stop it. And Israel doesn't care about your whining.

Because it crushed 11 Arab nations that tried to invade it. It is crushing Hamas and I will just watch from afar everyday and keep score as Israel gets closer to victory.

Only a matter of time until Israel defeats these other terrorists.

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> It's Israel's fault Hamas went to war with the Palestinian Authority. Hilarious.

Israel funded Hama for that exact reason

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Right--Hamas and the Nazis are the same. The Nazis were eliminated from power, as will be Hamas.

You got it backward. It’s the IDF and Netanyahu who are the Nazis

> 6.6 MILLION Syrians displaced from war in Syria. What Israel has "done" is grow to be one of the strongest economies and militaries in the world.

Israel has displaced a lot more than that since 1948. Since its creation

Name one Palestinian Arab or Syrian invention in the last 20 years that has improved society. There is none.

Anyone can say the exact same thing about Israel

And its being accused of genocide. Which it is doing.

Accuse Israel all you want. But you can't stop it. And Israel doesn't care about your whining. 

Good to see you finally admit that Israel is committing genocide. But it will be stopped. Eventually. Just like the Nazis were

Because it crushed 11 Arab nations that tried to invade it. It is crushing Hamas and I will just watch from afar everyday and keep score as Israel gets closer to victory. 

He’s real his crush in the thing and nobody. Israel has the United States back and get them that’s what’s keeping it alive. Without American help Israel wouldn’t last 24 hours and you know it

Only a matter of time until Israel defeats these other terrorists.

Only a matter of time before the Arab states eventually completely destroy Israel and it will cease to exist. And it will be Israel’s own doing

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