A group representing students’ parents organized a protest in Gaza on Wednesday, against proposed reduction to services at schools run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA).
Men, women and children marched arm-in-arm to the UN headquarters. The UNWRA is looking into cost-cutting measures due to a financial crisis.
The relief agency, which helps Palestine refugees across the Middle East, is searching for alternative revenue streams after US government withdrew around $305 million in funding.
Israelis and Arabs have been fighting over Gaza on and off, for decades. It’s part of the wider Arab Israeli conflict.
After World War II and the Holocaust in which six million Jewish people were killed, more Jewish people wanted their own country.
They were given a large part of Palestine, which they considered their traditional home but the Arabs who already lived there and in neighbouring countries felt that was unfair and didn’t accept the new country.
In 1948, the two sides went to war. When it ended, Gaza was controlled by Egypt and another area, the West Bank, by Jordan. They contained thousands of Palestinians who fled what was now the new Jewish home, Israel.