Newspaper Review: Dailies Continue to Highlight UNRWA’s Financial Crisis

RAMALLAH, August 6, 2015 (WAFA) – In their Thursday issue, the three Palestinian Arabic dailies continued to focus on the pressing issue of UNRWA’s unprecedented financial crisis, which might possibly result in postponing the beginning of the school year 2015 – 2016 for about half million Palestinian students.


They said UNRWA’s administration considered a legislative change granting the commissioner general the power to put any employee on unpaid leave for one year. Al-Quds daily said UNRWA workers union considered this legislative change a first step to laying them off.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida said UNRWA sent an emergency report to the UN Secretary General, warning that unless funding for the full amount of the Agency’s General Fund shortfall of $101 million is secured by the middle of August, the financial crisis may force the suspension of services relating to the Agency’s education program.


Al-Hayat al-Jadida also focoused on remarks made by President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he cynically warned that some 700 thousand Palestinian refugee students might be a good recipe to engage in terror groups, including the “Islamic State” organization, in case UNRWA delays the start of the school year.


Al-Quds and al-Ayyam said Israeli authorities demolished some 18 Palestinian-owned agricultural structures in the Jordan Valley, as well as a house in the Hebron district town of Beit Ummar.


Al-Quds and al-Hayat al-Jadida said Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails asked the Palestinians to go on a “day of rage” in solidarity with them on Friday. The prisoners have recently been subjected to a yet another crackdown in multiple Israeli jails, during which prison guards savagely raided prisons’ rooms and physically assaulted and beat up numerous prisoners.


In yet another incident, Al-Ayyam said Israeli Jewish settlers spray painted graffiti calling for “death to Arabs” in East Jerusalem, turning this kind of assault into an almost daily routine for settlers.