Comay-Michelmore Agreement

Those who believe that Israel has effectively suspended or abandoned its annexation plans are unaware of the reality of what is actually happening on the ground, she warned them. In addition, Israel insists on the construction of the separation wall, the confiscation of Palestinian land, the exploitation of natural resources, excavations in holy sites and violations of the historical status quo at Al-Haram Al-Sharif. Collective action, in accordance with international law and relevant UN resolutions, is the only way to plan for a fairer reality, she stressed. It must include legal action, including before the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice, and other legitimate counter-measures to deal with Israel`s violations and enforce compliance with the law, she added. With regard to the prohibition of products from Israeli settlements, it called it a fundamental and minimal “issue” and an obligation to ensure that agreements between a state and the State of Israel do not include the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem. She said: “The end of Israel`s impunity is also to save the prospects for a just Israeli-Palestinian peace, only to save the rules-based international order, which has been so damaged and destabilized by the culture of impunity, which has for too long been allowed to our collective damage and danger.” The Commission recalls that obligations arising from international humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law, relevant UN resolutions, the Free movement and access agreement and all relevant international instruments to facilitate and support UNRWA services must be respected in accordance with their mandate. In particular, measures with additional costs should be avoided. In this regard, the Commission recalls the obligation to allow quick and unhindered access to UNRWA. I would like to express my deep appreciation to both host and donor governments for their continued support of UNRWA and its mandate. In 2018, UNRWA has made considerable progress in developing and diversifying its donor base, with 42 countries being new donors or increasing their contributions. UNRWA now has 27 multi-year agreements with donor countries, up from 22 in 2017, which increases the predictability of funding and is in line with commitments made by member states at the World Summit on Humanitarian Aid. At the engagement conference in New York on 26 June 2019, Member States generously pledged $110 million. UNRWA continues to seek new sources of funding, including through its own digital campaigns to secure individual funding, and in collaboration with authorities in different countries that support Islamic donation.

We welcome the important decision taken by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on 2 March 2019 to establish a waqf fund with the Islamic Development Bank on behalf of UNRWA.