READ THESE HEADLINES AND THEN ASK - WHY IS CANADA SUPPORTING UNRWA?

These headlines are all from articles featured in regular dispatches from Palestinian Media Watch, and supported by evidence. This site is highly recommended for information on what the mainstream media aren’t telling you about the terrorism, incitement, harassment, disinformation that is a daily dose for all Palestinian adults and children. Go to https://palwatch.org/


PA teaches kids “an incredible and beautiful story” about Arab terrorist who murdered 3 Jews


PA and Fatah called for “escalating the popular resistance,” and praised Gazans’ willingness to go to “eternal Paradise to be Martyrs for Jerusalem


Palestinian woman amid riots: “I’m prepared to die, [as are] my six children”


Abbas and Hamas compete politically by attacking Israel


These articles should sicken people of conscience, people supporting a true and lasting peace, and people who understand that Israel has the right, responsibility and necessity of defending the land and every citizen in the country.


The fact is that Hamas is using UNRWA refugee camps to send its rockets to Israel, and uses human shields in homes, schools, hospitals and mosques. CAEF supports the call to disarm UNRWA.

To understand the full story on UNRWA and Canada’s complicity, which should be made transparent, read this essay by Dogan Akman.


Trudeau’s Malevolent Hypocrisy Concerning UNRWA

Prime Minister Trudeau never misses an opportunity, to claim that he and his government stand up for Canadian values and indeed for universal values and human rights. These universal values and rights include those enunciated and prescribed by the United Nations and, with respect to the subject at hand, Trudeau also claims that Canada is Israel’s good/close friend and steadfast/strong ally and that his government is ready and able to fight world terrorism with its allies.


Whatever the veracity of these claims may be, their truth does not extend to the Trudeau government’s policy and practices w concerning Canada’s financing of UNRWA’s educational services, presumably in accord with the Prime Minister’s thinking. Despite his Minister’s utterances, the government has exhibited and continues to exhibit a malevolent hypocrisy both at home and towards the Israeli Jews and Israel.


The hypocrisy


In 2010, the Conservative government led by Stephen Harper cancelled Canada’s annual contribution of $25 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) including in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) on the grounds that the school books published by the Palestinian Authority (PA) and used by all UNRWA schools were poisoned by hatred against Jews and Israel.


In 2016, the Trudeau government reversed the Harper decision. On November 16, 2016 the Minister of International Development, Marie Claude Bibeau announced in the House of Commons that the government had reinstated funding. The reinstatement of this contribution occurred in the midst of allegations that UNRWA is tied too closely to Hamas, which Canada designated a terrorist organisation, and despite the well substantiated evidence that the textbooks used by UNRWA are toxic in their treatment of Israel.


The Minister stated that a portion of these monies contributes to the financing of the schooling of “vulnerable Palestinian refugees” attending UNRWA schools. The Minister mellifluously justified the decision on the grounds that “Millions of Palestinian refugees across the Middle East have the right …to send their children to school. We want to see Palestinian refugee children in classrooms where they can learn universal values of tolerance and respect. Vulnerable Palestinians deserve all the opportunities they can to contribute positively to their communities and Canada’s funding will help to better the lives of millions of refugees.” (Italics mine)


However, as I propose to demonstrate, Canada’s financing of UNWRA’s schooling system has been wilfully ignorant of the truth and deceitful in the extreme.


The announcement in the House of Commons was greeted with cries of “shame” from the members of the Conservative Party, the Official opposition. Andrew Sheer, then a member of the opposition, stated the truth when he pointed out, “humanitarian money should go to groups which focus on aid, not politics and that “UNRWA is an obstacle to achieving peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”


In the aftermath of the announcement government officials stated that Canada would monitor closely the contents of the school books used by UNRWA. As it turned out, these officials were either being deceived by their superiors and/or Minister Bibeau, or freelancing in fibbing, and/or as is most likely the case, failing to actually investigate claims made by UNRWA that it had satisfied the UN ethics requirements as expected by Canada.


The history of the hypocrisy


On February 2, 2017, UN Watch appeared before the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee and presented “A Report on UNRWA Teachers’ Incitement to Jihadist Terrorism and Antisemitism.”


The report exposes more than 40 Facebook pages operated by school teachers, principals, and other employees of UNRWA whose materials incite terrorism or antisemitism. These cases are additional to the 30 cases of incitement revealed at the end of 2015 by U.N. Watch.


Read more and then write to the Honourable Karina Gould, MP, Minister of International Development and ask that Canada withdraw funding of UNRWA: Karina.Gould@parl.gc.ca