Oct. 24, 2018
- Israel Moves to Replace UNRWA in Jerusalem
15 Jerusalem municipal sanitation workers entered the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp to remove trash and provide other cleaning services as part of Mayor Nir Barkat’s plan to expel UNRWA from operating in the city. Workers found hundreds of tons of untended garbage and construction waste and will enter the area daily to gradually take over UNRWA’s services. Barkat, who visited Shuafat on Tuesday, said, “The time has come to stop the refugee lie in Jerusalem. There are no refugees in our city, only residents. They must receive their services from the municipality like any other resident.”
“We are implementing the first phase of the UNRWA evacuation plan by taking responsibility for the cleanliness of the camp, and in the near future, together with the government, we will also provide education, welfare, and health services there until full sovereignty is achieved,” he added.
Seven UNRWA-run schools that operate without a license from the Education Ministry will be closed at the end of the current academic year, and the pupils absorbed into existing municipal schools. UNRWA’s medical centers, which operate without approval from the Health Ministry, will be replaced by a new public health center. Existing UNRWA-run welfare programs will be transferred to the governance of municipal welfare and employment services. (Times of Israel)