The Government of Israel has ordered the expropriation of the land occupied by the office of the United Nations agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) in East Jerusalem. This move is seen as a reaction to the scandal and as an escalation in response to some remarks made by the special rapporteur Francesca Albanese.
Israeli housing minister Yitzhak Goldknopf ordered the expropriation of the land occupied by the UNRWA offices in East Jerusalem. He cited UNRWA’s alleged involvement with Hamas and the brutal massacre of October 7 as reasons for his decision. Goldknopf aims to evict the agency from Israel and put an end to what he sees as unlawful activities.
The Israeli authorities have been increasing their criticism of UNRWA following the organization’s investigation of its employees for collaborating with Hamas. Additionally, they were prompted by the comments of special rapporteur Francesca Albanese, who criticized statements by French President Emmanuel Macron and made remarks about the attacks on the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s reaction to Albanese’s comments included prohibiting her entry into the State of Israel and asking for her dismissal. In response, Albanese defended her comments and clarified that she rejects all types of racism, including anti-Semitism, which is a global threat. This reaction has led to an escalation and a suspicion about her role as a rapporteur by Israeli authorities.
The scandal involving UNRWA and the comments made by the special rapporteur have drawn further attention to the issue and have increased the tension between Israel and certain international organizations.