BOISE, Idaho – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today released the following statement on reports that staff from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) were allegedly complicit in the kidnapping of Israelis on October 7:
“It is unconscionable that UNRWA staff allegedly participated in the attacks and kidnapped Israelis on October 7. For years, I have warned the Biden Administration about resuming funding to UNRWA, which has a history of employing people connected to terrorist movements like Hamas. Today’s news is yet another example that underscores how corrupt this organization truly is.
“I expect the Biden Administration to immediately cease all funding to UNRWA and to demand a further investigation into the matter. It must also cease reliance on UNRWA for assistance in Gaza or risk recreating the support for terrorism that contributed to the attacks against Israel. I will do all that I can to ensure accountability for these horrific events.”