Terrorist Groups Met UNRWA Chief Philippe Lazzarini to Protest Suspension of Hamas-linked School Principal & Union Leader


Recent photo of the leadership of the “Palestinian Forces Alliance” in Lebanon, which includes Hamas,
Islamic Jihad and other terrorist groups that rejected the PLO and the Oslo Peace Accords, meeting with
Hezbollah’s Palestinian relations official, Hassan Hoballah, April 27, 2024. The group’s main headquarters is in Damascus.
No photo has been released of Philippe Lazzarini’s May 30th meeting in Beirut with this league of arch-terrorist groups.

(See also Al Quds News, The Alliance of Palestinian Forces meets with Lazzarini: The right of our people to peaceful protest )

Source: Palestinian Refugees Portal

The “Alliance of Forces” stresses the preservation of “UNRWA” and the right to protest movements

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

The “Alliance of Palestinian Forces” in Lebanon, which includes Palestinian factions outside the PLO, emphasized the importance of maintaining the existence of “UNRWA” as an international entity working to develop and protect Palestinian refugees. At the same time, it pointed out the right to peaceful protest against the agency’s punitive decisions against employees due to their national activities.

The alliance announced what it called “our principled stance,” which considers “the distinction between an employee’s national affiliation, which is a right, and engaging in political activities, which is not permitted within the agency’s centers, whether in schools, offices, or clinics.”

This came in a statement issued by the leadership of the Palestinian Forces Alliance in Lebanon following a meeting held with the agency’s Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini on Monday during his visit to Lebanon. The meeting was attended by the head of the Lebanese-Palestinian Dialogue Committee, Dr. Bassel Al-Hassan, and the Director-General of UNRWA in Lebanon, Dorothy Klaus, at the Grand Serail in Beirut.

During the meeting, the alliance stressed the necessity of preserving the agency and countering attempts to abolish it by the “Israeli” entity supported by the United States. They affirmed the invalidity of the accusations directed at UNRWA employees regarding their participation in the Aqsa Flood operation.

The alliance also expressed its support for the actions of Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini in accordance with the agency’s tasks and powers as stipulated in Article 302. They praised his positions and statements before the United Nations and his reports to the International Court of Justice regarding the humanitarian disaster facing the Palestinian people.

The alliance highlighted the importance of Lazzarini’s visit to Lebanon and pointed to the difficult economic conditions faced by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, which make the agency their permanent refuge. At the same time, they rejected the punitive measures taken by the Commissioner-General against some employees in Lebanon due to their national affiliation and demanded their cancellation.

Additionally, the alliance registered an objection to meetings held by Dorothy Klaus, the Director-General in Lebanon, with Lebanese political forces, stating that “some of them hold positions against our people’s existence and even granting them some rights.”

The leadership reaffirmed the Palestinian people’s right to protest against UNRWA’s decisions while maintaining the peaceful and civilized nature of these protests. They stressed the necessity of “avoiding any attacks on property or harassment of employees who are our people, despite the closure of administrative offices in all regions and camps, and the main office, and our knowledge of the employees’ work in some schools and clinics.”

The alliance expressed hope that the Commissioner-General would respond to the Palestinian people’s demands and resolve the existing issues during his current visit to Lebanon, particularly the case of teacher Fath Al-Sharif, which ignited the conflict between the agency’s administration and the alliance, as well as the union and Palestinian civil forces.

This meeting comes after weeks of conflict led by the Alliance of Forces, the Teachers’ Union at “UNRWA” in Lebanon, popular committees, and civil forces, following the agency’s decision to suspend the head of the Teachers’ Union and the principal of Deir Yassin Secondary School, Fath Al-Sharif, for three months without pay and refer him for investigation on the pretext of breaching the “neutrality” law by organizing a fundraising event to support the people of Gaza against Israeli starvation policies since last March.

The Alliance of Forces had declared the Director-General of the agency in Lebanon, Dorothy Klaus, persona non grata in the camps and called for her dismissal.







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