UNRWA has become a convenient surrogate for terrorist organizations, led by Hamas, which was chosen in successive elections to lead the workers union and the UNRWA teachers union, as the key mentors who influence generations of Palestinian refugee descendants about engaging in ‘right of return’ through jihad, to Arab villages that existed before 1948. Hamas takeover of the UNRWA institutions and UNRWA staff should set off an alarm regarding the possibility of funding given by donor countries (primarily the United States and recently Canada) finding its way to financing the salaries of Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists.

Hamas’ Islamic Bloc continues its activities in schools run by UNRWA in the Gaza Strip, and these activities are carried out with the support and cooperation of the schools’ staff and management.  An immediate and independent investigation is required into the infiltration of Palestinian terrorist groups into UNRWA, the use of its facilities for the purpose of terrorist attacks and rocket storage as well as the transfer of UNRWA equipment to be used by Gaza terrorist organizations and last but not least, the indoctrination of the future generations to war and strife. Aid to UNRWA must be conditioned upon changing a curriculum that teaches hatred and serves to perpetuate the hatred, on the removal of terrorists from the institutions of the UN agency and on the organization’s commitment to act to dismantle the refugee camps that are under Palestinian control and to rehabilitate the refugees in new and spacious communities.

Donor nations to UNRWA that hope to assist and support the Palestinian people need to know they are not in fact, supporting terrorist groups.  The Center for Near East Policy Research, has conducted an updated research on the infiltration of terrorist organization into UNRWA. The findings of the research will be presented in February to the Canadian Parliament.

Canada restores funding for UNRWA

Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, new funding “to support education, health and social services for millions of vulnerable Palestinian refugees, as well as urgent humanitarian assistance.” The new funding includes:[1]

  • $20 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to help increase access to these essential services. A proportion of Canadian funding will also be used to expand training for staff on the proper and neutral use of social media.
  • $5 million to UNRWA’s emergency appeal for Palestinian refugees impacted by the crisis in Syria and surrounding areas.

“It is critically important to the government of Canada that development aid is used for its intended purpose and that it reaches those in greatest need,” Bibeau’s statement reads. “As such, there will be enhanced due diligence applied to UNRWA funding. Today’s funding is accompanied by a very robust oversight and reporting framework, which includes regular site visits and strong anti-terrorism provisions.”

Bibeau added that Canada’s support for Palestinian refugees is reinforced by its international leadership to provide humanitarian assistance to the poorest and most vulnerable. During the debate in Parliament on November 16, 2016, Bibeau revealed that Canada consulted the Israeli government before making the decision to restore the funding for UNRWA. In this regard Bibeau said the following:[2]

“We have done all the necessary verification in co-operation with our allies and UNRWA, and even the Israeli government, before making this decision. The funding announcement includes a robust oversight mechanism and a stronger accountability framework. This funding is crucial for the security of the region.”

Bibeau did not elaborate whether the Israeli government supported or opposed the Canadian decision.

The time has come to ask the Israeli government as to its position in this regard.

 

[1]    http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=tp&crtr.page=2&nid=1154819&crtr.tp1D=1

[2]    http://www*.parl.gc.ca/HousePublications/Publication.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&DocId=8601424#Int-9236323

David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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