Canada has announced a $70 million grant to UNRWA . Canada had cut off aid to the UNRWA general fund in 2010 after Hamas terror operatives were elected to run the UNRWA teachers association and the UNRWA workers association in Gaza in 2009.To expedite current donations to UNRWA, Canadians could ask their Ramallah office to adhere to guidelines to assure transparency with UNRWA
- Ask for an audit of donor funds that flow to UNRWA This would address widespread documented reports of wasted resources, duplicity of services and the flow of cash to Gaza-based terror groups, which gained control over UNRWA operations in Gaza over the past 22 years.
- Introduce UNHCR standards to UNRWA to advance the resettlement of Arab refugees, after 67 years. Current UNRWA policy is that refugee resettlement interferes with their alleged “right of return” to Arab villages that existed before 1948.
- Cancel the new UNRWA curriculum which incorporate principles of Jihad, martyrdom and “right of return” by force of arms, in UN schools which are supposed to promote the UNRWA slogan of “Peace Starts Here.”
- Cease paramilitary training in all UNRWA schools UNRWA should demonstrate commitment to UN principles for “peace education”.
- Insist that UNRWA dismiss employees who are affiliated with Hamas in accordance with the Canadian law which forbids aid to any agency that employs members of a terrorist organization.
- Insist that UNRWA cancel its contract with “youth ambassador” Mohammad Assaf to travel the world encouraging violence. Would this not be the appropriate time for donor nations to ask that UNRWA cancel that contract with a harbinger of war?
The Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research seeks sponsors to conduct UNRWA policy briefings for the Canadian parliament, Canadian organizations and the Canadian media. In 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2012, Canadian groups sponsored our agency to brief the Canadian Parliament concerning the terror connections of UNRWA.
The Deputy Prime Minister of Canada said that our briefings influenced Ottawa to withdraw funding from UNRWA, 2010 until 2015.
In 2016, Canadian funding was restored to UNRWA after Ottawa received false assurances that UNRWA had incorporated peace education into its schools.
The US government GAO report of 2018, commissioned by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, revealed that no program of peace education was ever introduced into UNRWA schools.
We stand ready to again brief the Canadian Parliament and the Canadian media on UNRWA reality.