Paris – The Wiesenthal Centre has forwarded the content of a report from the Bedein Center for Near East Policy Research, to the European Commission and to Foreign Ministers of major donor countries to the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), including, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey.

In this report, the Bedein Center explains it has had six meetings with the office of the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, regarding “the fate of 5.3 million Palestinian refugee descendants”… “UN Secretary-General Staff made clear that donor nations to UNRWA are to be responsible for any indiscretions which occur in UNRWA.”

On 1 January, the Bedein Center filmed the celebrations of “Fatah Day” in the UNRWA refugee camp of Deheishe, where a procession of  heavily armed militants was taking place. See link on Vimeo:


Screengrab from the 2-minute video… excerpt of the interview of a child.

The Bedein Center has addressed a question to the Consulates and other representatives in Ramallah of the funding states: “…whether your country will take action to ask UNRWA to disarm Deheishe, in order to save lives of men, women and children, who live in the cramped conditions of a refugee camp?”

Wiesenthal Centre officials – Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate dean and Director for Global Social Action, and Dr. Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations – have raised these questions with the above country officials and the European Commission.

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