UNRWA has issued its annual report in which it shows that it received $1.2 billion from donor governments and NGO’s/

https://www.unrwa.org/sites/default/files/overall_donor_ranking.pdf

Liad Yitzhak, a researcher from the Center for Near East Policy Research, We asked each government as to what steps they are taking to ensure transparency of funds to UNRWA.

Almost every government assured us that UNRWA implements “rigorous” standards of transparency.

We find no evidence of any “rigorous” standards of transparency in UNRWA.

Here is our correspondence with nations that donate to UNRWA:

(the answer is followed by the question)

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Dear Mr Yitzhak,

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Kind regards,

Ralph Tarraf

European Union Representative
Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank & Gaza Strip, UNRWA)
_____________________________________
Office: George Adam Smith Street 5, Jerusalem
Phone: +972 2 541 5888

17 February 2019
Hon. Ralph Tarraf
Representative
Consulate of the European Union

Dear Mr. Tarraf,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a nonprofit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.

Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).

The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of the European Union for UNRWA.

How much funding does the European Union plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will the European Union work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will the European Union work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will the European Union introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Mr. Yitzak,

Thank you for your message. Please find our answer to your questions below:

The EU and its Member States, like the Netherlands, are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Kind regards,

Floor Nuiten
Deputy head of mission

11 February 2019
Hon. Kees van Baar
Representative Office of the Netherlands to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Mr. van Baar,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of the Netherlands for UNRWA.

How much funding does the Netherlands plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will the Netherlands work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will the Netherlands work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will the Netherlands introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Liad,

Kindly note that information on Finland’s humanitarian funding including funding to UNRWA is available on our foreign ministry’s website https://um.fi/humanitarian-aid .

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Yours sincerely,

Paula Malan
Head of Cooperation

11 February 2019
Hon. Ambassador Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen
Representative Office of Finland to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Ambassador Heikkinen,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Finland for UNRWA.

How much funding does Finland plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Finland work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Finland work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Finland introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Mr. Yitzhak,

Your questions regarding Poland’s contribution to UNRWA in 2019 can be found below:

The EU and its Member States (including Poland) are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA. Poland’s contribution to UNRWA in 2019 will remain unchanged.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

Regards,
B. Urban

11 February 2019
Hon. Aleksandra Bukowska-McCabe
Head Representative
Representative Office of the Republic of Poland to the Palestinian Authority

Dear Aleksandra Bukowska-McCabe,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Poland for UNRWA.

How much funding does Poland plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Poland work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Poland work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Poland introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Liad Yitzhak,

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA. In 2018 Denmark contributed 70 mio. DKK to UNRWAs Programme Budget and 20 mio. DKK to UNRWA’s Emergency Appeal to Syria.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

Best wishes,
Cecilie Fenger Michaelsen

_______________________________________________________

CECILIE FENGER MICHAELSEN / CECMIC@UM.DK
HEAD OF COOPERATION
MOBILE +972 53-7263401

REPRESENTATION OF DENMARK TO THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY AND UNRWA
48 OTHMAN BEN AFFAN STREET / RAMALLAH
PHONE +972 (2) 241 5280 / RAMALLAH.UM.DK

11 February 2019
Hon. Nathalia Feinberg
Representative Office of Denmark to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Nathalia Feinberg,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Denmark for UNRWA.

How much funding does Denmark plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Denmark work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Denmark work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Denmark introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

file:///C:/Users/Liad/Downloads/UNRWA-reply%20of%20the%20Embassy%2022FEB2019.pdf

11 February 2019
Hon. Barbara Susnik
Ambassador
Embassy of Slovenia to Israel

Dear Ms. Susnik,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Slovenia for UNRWA.

How much funding does Slovenia plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Slovenia work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Slovenia work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Slovenia introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Mr. Yitzak,

thank you for your e-mail of 11 February in which you would like to obtain informations related to the planned programms of Slovenia for UNRWA.

Slovenia contributes to UNRWA according to its foreign policy and development cooperation priorities and pledged a contribution of EUR 165,000 in the period between 2018 and 2020 at the UNRWA extraordinary ministerial conference, held on 15 March 2018 (further information available on MFA website httpČ//www.mzz.gov.si/si/yunanja_politika_in_mednarodno_pravo/mednarodno_razvojno_sodelovanje_in_humanitarna_pomoc/humanitarna_pomoc/humanitarna_pomo c_rs_2018/).

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanism in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here:
httpsČ//www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around US 644 million to UNRWA. UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here:

https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installlations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here:

https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Sincerely,
Milko Dolinšek
Head

Representative Office of the Republic of Slovenia in Palestine

VIP CENTER – Al Mobaadin Street, 6th Floor, Al Bireh – Ramallah
T: +97222413055
milko.dolinsek@gov.si, slooffice.ramallah@gov.si

11 February 2019
Hon. Milko Dolinsek
Representative Office of Slovenia to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Mr. Dolinsek,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Slovenia for UNRWA.

How much funding does Slovenia plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Slovenia work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Slovenia work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Slovenia introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Mr. Yitzhak,

You have sent a request of information to Sweden’s embassy in Tel Aviv and the Consulate General in Jerusalem regarding Sweden’s financial support to UNRWA.

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

Sweden entered into a multiannual strategic partnership agreement with UNRWA last year. Through the agreement, Sweden commits to 1,88 billion SEK in support to the UNRWA programme budget over a period of four years (2018-2021) with corresponds to 470 million SEK per year, approximately 50 million USD.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Kind regards,

Consulate General of Sweden in Jerusalem

11 February 2019
Hon. Magnus Hellgren
Ambassador
Embassy of Sweden to Israel

Dear Mr. Hellgren,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Sweden for UNRWA.

How much funding does Sweden plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Sweden work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Sweden work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Sweden introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

From: DELEGATION WEST BANK GAZA EU PRESIDENCY [mailto:delegation-west-bank-gaza-eu-presidency@eeas.europa.eu]
Sent: den 15 februari 2019 10:06
To: DELEGATION WEST BANK GAZA EU PRESIDENCY <delegation-west-bank-gaza-eu-presidency@eeas.europa.eu>
Subject: Query on UNRWA funding

Dear all,

A number of EU Member States have reported receiving a request for information from the Center for Near East Policy Research.

In order to provide coherence in EU responses, we have prepared the following text which you may find useful in your responses.

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Best wishes,

Office of the European Union Representative
(West Bank & Gaza Strip, UNRWA)
_____________________________________
Office: George Adam Smith Street 5, Jerusalem
Phone: +972 2 541 5888
Fax: +972 2 541 5848

Dear Dr Liad Yitzhak,

Hope this email finds you well.

As per your kind email dated 11 February 2019, our terms of reply are as follows:

Malta, like the EU and its other Member States, is proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States ( including Malta ) contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA, whilst the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on health and education, Malta’s contribution aims to improve the services offered to refugees. Malta believes the UN is the best organisation to assist, protect and support the vulnerable people affected, particularly in the fields of education and health care. Malta’s total contribution towards UNRWA for the year 2019 will be determined by the situation in the region as well as the needs therein. Malta understands that by providing the necessary help to improve people’s lives, stability in the region can also be enhanced.

Like the EU and its Members States of which Malta forms part, Malta is aware that UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately.

Please Accept My Very Best Regards,

Reuben Gauci روبن غاوتشي
Head of the Representative Office ( Representative ) ممثل جمهورية مالطا
Kap tal-Uffiċċju Rappreżentattiv ( Rappreżentant )

telephone and fax numbers: t: +97022413210/1 f: +97022413212
voice over internet protocol ( voip ) : +356 22042140 ( Malta Direct Dial )
e: reuben.gauci@gov.mt | www.foreignaffairs.gov.mt

Kindly consider your environmental responsibility before printing this e-mail REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE OF
THE REPUBLIC OF MALTA
VIP Centre, Al-Kawther Street, Al-Bire

11 February 2019
Hon. Reuben Gauci
Representative Office of Malta to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Mr. Gauci,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Malta for UNRWA.

How much funding does Malta plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Malta work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Malta work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Malta introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Sir,
The EU and its Member States are supporting UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.
The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.
UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.
For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).
Best regards,

Artūras Gailiūnas
Head of Mission
Representative Office of the Republic of Lithuania
Trust Building, 5th floor, 48 Othman Ben Affan street
Al-Bireh – Ramallah
Ph.: +972 2 241 5290 Fax: +972 2 242 0331
Email: office.ramallah@mfa.lt

24 February 2019
Hon. Arturas Gailiunas
Representative Office of Lithuania to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Mr. Gailiunas,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Lithuania for UNRWA.

How much funding does Lithuania plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Lithuania work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Lithuania work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Lithuania introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

The Consulate General of Spain in Jerusalem wishes to respond to the letter, dated February 11st 2019, to the Embassy of Spain in Tel Aviv subject above reference:

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the EU-UNRWA partnership, please see the EU-UNRWA factsheet and the Joint Declaration between the EU and UNRWA on European Union support to UNRWA (2017-2020).

Consulado General de España
Sheikh Jarrah Quarter | Mahal 32
P.O. Box 19128 | Jerusalem 9119102
Tel.: +972 (0)2 535 0100 | Fax: +972 (0)2 532 6731
E-mail: cog.jerusalen@maec.es | Web: http://www.exteriores.gob.es/consulados/jerusalen

11 February 2019
Hon. Manuel Gomez-Acebo
Ambassador
Embassy of Spain to Israel

Dear Mr. Gomez-Acebo,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Spain for UNRWA.

How much funding does Spain plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Spain work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Spain work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Spain introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Mr. Liad Yitzhak

Let me first thank you for your interest in the Belgian aid policy and on our support to UNRWA.

The EU and its Member States are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of the EU’s efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians. Please see also the Statement by the Spokesperson on UNRWA from 1 September 2018.

The EU and its Member States are collectively the largest contributors to UNRWA. In 2018, the EU and its Member States contributed around USD 644 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts. In 2018 the EU contributed around USD 179 million to UNRWA.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, and donors, such as the European Union, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

For further information on the Belgium support to UNRWA, please find relevant information on our website:
– Belgium pledges multi-annual support to UNRWA, the UN Agency assisting Palestinian refugees
– Belgium raises UNRWA contributions to let schools reopen after the summer holidays

Yours sincerely,

Olivier Belle
Ambassador
Embassy of Belgium in Tel Aviv

Abba Hillel Silver Street 12, 15th floor
52506 Ramat Gan
Tel: +972 3 613 81 40 – Fax: +972 3 613 81 60
www.diplomatie.be/telaviv

Dear Liad Yitzhak,

Thank you for your correspondence received on the 23 February. The UK are proud to support UNRWA’s work in providing essential services to Palestine refugees, which should be seen as an inseparable part of efforts to reach a negotiated two-state solution and a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The UK are a top five donor to UNRWA. In 2018 the UK contributed £65.5 million to UNRWA .UNRWA publishes its donor contributions, which can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/government-partners/funding-trends/donor-charts.

UNRWA has rigorous processes and mechanisms in place for the implementation and enforcement of its rules, regulations and policies relating to UN neutrality. This includes biannual checks of staff names against the relevant UN sanctions list and regular inspections of its installations. Through its education programme, UNRWA also promotes universal values and the principles of the United Nations, and a system is in place to ensure that the host governments’ curricula implemented in UNRWA schools reflect these values. By implementing its activities directly through its own staff, UNRWA maintains strong control over the spending of donor funds. UNRWA is also audited by the UN Board of Auditors, conduct regular reviews and missions to ensure their funds are being used appropriately. Details on how UNRWA uses its funds can be found here: https://www.unrwa.org/how-you-can-help/how-we-spend-funds.

Yours sincerely,

Amy Quantrill

Amy Quantrill | Speechwriter & Deputy Spokesperson | UK Mission to the United Nations| 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza | 885 2nd Avenue | New York 10017 | Tel: +1 212 745 9291 | ECHO: 8451 2291 | Cell: 917 957

24 February 2019
Hon. Amy Quantrill
Ambassador
UN Legation of the United Kingdom

Dear Ms. Quantrill,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of the United Kingdom for UNRWA.

How much funding does the United Kingdom plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will the United Kingdom work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will the United Kingdom work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will the United Kingdom introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Liad,
Thank you for your email of 2 January 2019 regarding Australia’s partnership with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Australia has been a long-standing supporter of UNRWA and has provided funding every year since 1951. The Government’s current AUD$80 million multi-year funding agreement (2016-2020) with UNRWA is a tangible demonstration of our assistance to Palestinian refugees. We are confident that UNRWA continues to play an important role in maintaining a degree of social and economic stability in the region.
Australia’s aid program is subject to regular and extensive oversight of financial and program accountability. Australia has a strong focus on performance reporting, evaluation, innovation and research. Australia’s aid program in the Palestinian Territories is subject to further rigorous systems to ensure that all activities are comprehensively monitored and pro-actively managed.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian aid is used for its intended purposes. Australia has zero tolerance approach to any funding or support to terrorist affiliated organisations.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), has robust counter-terrorism arrangements and due diligence requirements to prevent Australian aid from going directly or indirectly to terrorists or people linked to terrorist organisations.
As per your request to conduct further research about Australian aid to UNRWA, please refer to the DFAT website: https://dfat.gov.au/geo/palestinian-territories/development-assistance/Pages/development-assistance-in-palestinian-territories.aspx
I trust this information is of assistance.
Kind Regards
2 January 2019

The Hon. Gillian Bird
Ambassador, Australia

Warm greetings in the new year.

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, which produces films, monographs and on the UNRWA refugee camp facilities. Our reports reach the UN, the Knesset Lobby for UNRWA reform, along with all nations that donate generously to UNRWA.

We read (at https://aijac.org.au/fresh-air/australian-aid-to-palestinians-where-does-it-go/)that Australia provided 43 million dollars for UNRWA humanitarian aid over the past calendar year.

What supervisory measures are taken by the Australian Government to ensure that the aid provided to UNRWA will be used for its intended humanitarian purposes?

What steps being taken by Australia to ensure that aid to UNRWA is distributed in an efficient and transparent manner? Our Palestinian researcher would like to visit and file on location reports about Australian aid to UNRWA, if that would be possible.

Thank you for your time and attention

Liad Yitzhak
Research Associate.

Dear Liad,

Thank you for your email of 23 February.

New Zealand remains firmly committed to supporting the United Nations Relief and Works agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). Our contribution of NZ$1 million in core funding per year recognises that UNRWA continues to make a positive, concrete difference in the lives of the people it serves.

UNRWA provides important services to Palestinian refugees in the Middle East such as health care and education. It also addresses significant unmet humanitarian needs for Palestinian populations. This is a significant humanitarian mission, but also supports peace and security between Israelis and Palestinians, as well as stability in regional host countries.

In addition to our core contribution, New Zealand made two additional one-off contributions to UNRWA’s emergency appeals for the Syrian Regional Refugee Crisis, and to address the humanitarian situation in Gaza. As you note, this brought our total contributions to UNRWA to NZ$3.9 million in 2018.

New Zealand receives annual consolidated reporting from UNRWA, detailing results and achievements and how funding has been spent.

Warm regards

Craig J. Hawke
Ambassador and Permanent Representative
New Zealand Permanent Mission to the United Nations, New York

24 February 2019
Hon. Craig John Hawke
Ambassador
UN Legation of New Zealand

Dear Mr. Hawke,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of New Zealand for UNRWA.

How much funding does New Zealand plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will New Zealand work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will New Zealand work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will New Zealand introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Mr. Yitzhak,

Please, be informed that Ukraine doesn’t have any programmes with UNRWA and doesn’t participate in any activities regarding UNRWA.

Sincerely,

Mykola Leschenko,
Head of the Representative Office of Ukraine to the Palestinian National Authority

11 February 2019
Hon. Mykola Leschenko
Representative Office of the Ukraine to the Palestinian Authority
Head Representative

Dear Mr. Leschenko,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of the Ukraine for UNRWA.

How much funding does the Ukraine plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will the Ukraine work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will the Ukraine work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will the Ukraine introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Liad,

Regarding your enquiry, Mexico’s contributions to UNRWA for 2019 have not been announced yet. However, you will find useful information about Mexico’s position and contributions to this Agency in the following links:

https://mision.sre.gob.mx/onu/index.php/eventos/823-intervencion-de-mexico-en-la-sesion-dedicada-a-unops-en-el-marco-de-la-junta-ejecutiva-del-pnud-unfpa-unops

https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/gaspd684.doc.htm

https://www.unrwa.org/sites/default/files/overalldonor_ranking.pdf

Furthermore, Mexico’s contributions to the UNRWA during the last ten years are as follows (USD thousands):

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
5 5 5 15 15 100 1,250 200 250 250 500

I hope this information is of use for your research.

Best regards,

CARMEN ROBLEDO
Deputy head of mission
Embassy of Mexico
25 Hamered St, Tel Aviv 68125
T. + (9723) 516 3938 / 3532
E. chancery@embamex.org.il

11 February 2019
Hon. Pablo Macedo
Ambassador
Embassy of Mexico to Israel

Dear Mr. Macedo,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Mexico for UNRWA.

How much funding does Mexico plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Mexico work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Mexico work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Mexico introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

Dear Sir,
thank you for your email. In reference to your enquiry, I can confirm that Italy’s financial contribution to UNRWA is managed according to the rules set by the agreements stipulated with the Agency, which require checks on how said contribution is spent through regular auditing and reporting obligations.
Best regards,
Eugenio Carlucci
First Secretary
Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations

24 February 2019
Hon. Ilaria Ragnoni
Ambassador
UN Legation of Italy

Dear Ms. Ragnoni,

This is Liad Yitzhak, research associate with the Center for Near East Policy Research, founded as a non profit entity in 1952, which researches core issues of Israeli-Arab relations, providing insight into the complex reality of the Middle East to policy makers, journalists and the general public.

To that end, the Center initiates press conferences and briefings at the US Congress, Canadian Parliament, Israeli Knesset, the UN Correspondents Association in New York and the National Press Club in Washington. The Center enjoys a cordial relationship with the office of the Secretary General of the UN.
Since 1988, the Center has commissioned top-flight journalists, film makers, academics and researchers, to publish investigative reports and documentary films which call attention to the plight of Arab refugees from the 1948 war, relegated to life in 59 “temporary” refugee camps run by The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA).
The Center for Near East Policy Research is now producing a report on the plight of the UNRWA population in the calendar year 2019.

As a donor nation to UNRWA, we would like to inquire about the planned aid programs of Italy for UNRWA.

How much funding does Italy plan to allocate to UNRWA during 2019?
Will Italy work to moderate the war curriculum used in UNRWA schools?
Will Italy work to reduce or eliminate the Hamas terror presence in UNRWA?
Will Italy introduce transparency oversight of make sure that humanitarian donations to UNRWA are not siphoned into terror and organized crime?

Thank you so much for your time and attention.

Cordially Yours,
Liad Yitzhak

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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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