Hamas continues to lead daily protests against the intention of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), to cut its services in light of a deficit of more than $100 million.
Suheil al-Hindi, Chairman of the Arab Teachers Union of UNRWA, which is affiliated with Hamas, warned the UNRWA against a delay in the start of the upcoming school year, stressing that education is a "red line" and that interfering with it could lead to a "disruption of the peace."
In a statement Friday, Hamas warned that cuts in UNRWA services is a move that will lead to the elimination of the Palestinian refugee problem, and is a trial balloon designed to test the waters ahead of renouncing its commitment to the organization since 1949.
The UNRWA is the body tasked with "Palestinian refugees," and recently admitted it's going bankrupt and will have to close schools.
Last month, Hamas claimed that UNRWA is "giving up its role" of providing services to "refugees," a status designated to the Arabs who left Israel in the 1948 War of Independence as well as their now roughly five million descendants. That hereditary "Palestinian refugee" status operates in contradiction to all other refugees in the world, who are all handled by the UNHRC.
The terror group responded by then threatening the UN group with violence.