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B’nai Brith Canada Demands Evidence that UNRWA Has Changed


B’nai Brith Canada is demanding that the Canadian Government provide evidence that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) no longer engages in problematic and dangerous behaviour, and is operating at a standard in line with Canadian values and expectations as it relates to human rights.

“To turn over $25 million in aid to an agency that has supported the Palestinian Authority’s sustained campaign to rewrite Judeo-Christian history, incite violence, and delegitimize the State of Israel shows a lack of accountability for Canadian taxpayer dollars,” said Michael Mostyn, B’nai Brith Canada’s Chief Executive Officer.

“While the Government is introducing anti-terrorism provisions, which is commendable, there is no mention of preventing indoctrination and incitement, which frequently leads to violence. Incitement has been one of the primary complaints the world has had in regards to UNRWA, and it has not been addressed in Wednesday’s governmental announcement.”

B’nai Brith has made its concerns known to the Government. At this time, we remain unconvinced that UNRWA has made any substantive changes to its operating procedures and that these procedures still allow for the lives of innocent civilians to be endangered. We demand that, prior to any transfer of funds, the Government provide Canadians with evidence of these changes to ensure that taxpayer dollars will not be used to promote incitement to terrorism or indoctrinate the next generation of Palestinian youth against Israel and the Jewish people.

If you agree that the Government needs to show evidence that UNRWA has changed its operating procedures and is no longer contributing to the Palestinian Authority’s campaign to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish people and our unbreakable ties to the State of Israel, please sign our petition.