“UNRWA is upset the EU budget discharge report 2019 finally addresses the use of pro-terrorist and anti-Semitic textbooks in UNRWA schools”, said EU budget rapporteur Joachim Kuhs (AfD). “Instead, they attack their critics and accuse them of ‘validating sensationalist and politically motivated attacks’. Their complete lack of self-criticism or contrition merely shows that UNRWA is beyond repair. There are barely a handful of ‘Palestinian refugees’ who actually fled in 1948 left. It is time for UNRWA to go, too.”
See Amendment 438 and UNRW press release here.
MEP Joachim Kuhs, EU Budget Rapporteur 2019
UNRWA statement on the European Parliament’s vote on 2019 discharge report
Online version here.
UNRWA Caught Teaching Terrorism, Jew Hatred as Biden Admin Resumes Taxpayer Funding
New evidence shows refugee agency has done little to root out anti-Semitism, extremism
By: Adam Kredo, Free Beacon, April 16, 2021:
The United Nations’ Palestinian refugee agency is promoting violence against Israel and using educational materials that call for the Jewish state’s destruction, according to video evidence and copies of lesson plans being taught to children before and during the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), which is in charge of providing education to scores of Palestinian children, has done little to root out anti-Semitism and the glorification of terrorism from its official lesson plans, although it has repeatedly pledged to do so.
The Biden administration moved almost immediately to restart U.S. funding for UNRWA despite underlying concerns about the agency’s radical educational materials—fears that have been raised by U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in recent years. After aid was resumed earlier this month, UNRWA promised the Biden administration it will root out violence and anti-Semitism, though officials could not explain precisely how the agency would do this after decades of using anti-Israel materials.
A State Department spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that UNRWA uses the Palestinian Authority’s curriculum and works “to address the problematic content and provides instructions for its staff to educate students about why the content is problematic.” UNRWA, the official said, “must respect neutrality, exclude anti-Semitism, and oppose violence.”
“The United States is completely committed to working with UNRWA to ensure that any inappropriate material is identified and removed,” the spokesman said. ”Our resumption of assistance will allow us to serve as a partner to UNRWA to uphold the highest level of neutrality and commitment to tolerance in its educational materials.”
The State Department spokesman did not address UNRWA’s decades-long failure to better police its content despite the organization’s repeated promises to do so.
Undercover videos taken at several UNRWA facilities during the past year show children participating in militant displays and calling for Israel’s destruction. Teachers have also been documented over Zoom, which replaced in-classroom learning in the wake of the pandemic, using lesson plans that deem Israel illegitimate and brand Jews as “foreign settlers” who must be violently removed from the region.
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