Week 5: Debaters disagree on the withdrawn aid to UNRWA

Is it right or wrong for Sweden to stop humanitarian aid to UNRWA? This has been discussed by several debaters over the past week. Photo on the left: UNIS Vienna. Pictured: Philippe Lazzarini, Commissioner-General UNRWA. Source: Flickr. Photo (right): Axel Öberg. Pictured: Sweden's Minister for Aid and Foreign Trade Johan Forssell (M). Source: Flickr.

Of: Benjamin Frisk and Fatima Shek Behi

During the past week, several countries, including Sweden and the Swedish aid agency Sida, stopped humanitarian aid to the UN aid organization for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. The background is that 12 employees at UNRWA suspected of involvement in Hamas attack on Israel on October 7. But Swedish debaters have disagreed on whether it is right or wrong to withdraw support for UNRWA.  

February 5, 2024, Current debate