First Minister Humza Yousaf says the Scottish Government, roughly equivalent to a U.S. state government, will not suspend funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine (UNRWA), despite evidence a dozen of its personnel participated in the Hamas terror raid against Israel on October 7th.
This decision comes as Britain’s central government joins the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Finland, the Netherlands, Italy, Iceland, Estonia, and Japan in suspending donations to the UNRWA, whose personnel are accused of participating in massacres at an Israeli kibbutz and kidnapping women, among other charges.
Yousaf is married to a Palestinian, has advocated for Israel to cease operations in Gaza, and wants the West to take in Gazan migrants. He has insisted his administration will not halt existing funding.
Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has criticized Yousaf’s pro-UNRWA stance as inconsistent with the international consensus that the UN agency is compromised and potentially confusing for the public.