Legal Actions Worldwide Against UNRWA For Complicity With Terrorism

In the wake of mounting evidence concerning the deep ties between UNRWA and the Hamas terrorist organization in Gaza, victims are demanding justice and accountability from UNRWA. Below is a list of legal proceedings that have been commenced in different jurisdictions around the world since October 7th either against UNRWA or concerning government funding to UNRWA.

Canada

Application Against Government of Canada: Mizrachi et al v. Attorney General of Canada, Case No. T-722-24 (Federal Court)
April 4, 2024

Court Application filed in Federal Court seeking judicial review of the Canadian government’s decision to renew funding the the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) brought by Canadian citizens who lost family members in the October 7th Hamas attack. The application argues that the renewal of funding violates Canadian law on multiple grounds, including UNRWA’s documented ties to Hamas, a terrorist organization under Canadian law. Filed by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) (Press Release). Op-ed in National Post.

The complaint extensively cited UN Watch material, including the following:

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United States

Lawsuit Against UNRWA USA: Lavi et al v. UNRWA USA, Case No. 24-CV-312 (D. Del.)
March 7, 2024

Lawsuit for civil damages pursuant to the Anti-Terrorism Act, the Alien Tort Statute, and state law brought by 10 survivors of the October 7th Hamas massacre against UNRWA USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit which serves as the U.S. fundraising arm for UNRWA. The lawsuit alleges that UNRWA USA solicited funds for UNRWA knowing and intending that the funds would be used by Hamas and its members for terrorism. Filed by National Jewish Advocacy Center and The International Legal Forum. Reported by The Wall Street Journal, referencing UN Watch’s Terrorgram report (also cited below).

The complaint extensively cited UN Watch material, including the following:

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Lawsuit to Stop U.S. Government Funding: Halley et al v. Blinken, Case No. 24-CV-571 (D.D.C.)
Feb. 28, 2024

Lawsuit  brought by over 8,000 Israeli and American citizens against U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Department of State seeking a permanent injunction against any further funding to UNRWA, or in the alternative a temporary injunction until UNRWA produces irrefutable evidence that none of its funding is being diverted to Hamas or other terrorist activities. Filed by Shurat HaDin Israel Law Center. Reported by Jerusalem Post.

The complaint extensively cited UN Watch material, including the following:

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France

Demand to Prosecute UNRWA For Crimes Against Humanity: France-Israel Association – Alliance Général Koenig complaint to Paris Judicial Tribunal (Crimes Against Humanity Division)
Feb. 8, 2024

Complaint seeking the appointment of an investigating judge to investigate UNRWA for crimes against humanity and complicity with Hamas atrocities. Filed by David-Olivier Kaminski. Reported by France TV Info, L’Orient Le Jour, 20 Minutes.

The complaint extensively cited UN Watch material, including the following:

 

More information: The Case Against UNRWA

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