Press Release: CIJA Calls for Total Moratorium on New Funding for UNRWA in Wake of Disturbing Ethics Report

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July 31, 2019

Press Release: CIJA Calls for Total Moratorium on New Funding for UNRWA in Wake of Disturbing Ethics Report

Ottawa, ON– Recent media reports have exposed a damning report by the ethics office of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The report details “credible and corroborated” allegations by UNRWA staff of serious malfeasance by the agency’s top officials, including “sexual misconduct, nepotism, retaliation, discrimination and other abuses of authority, for personal gain, to suppress legitimate dissent, and to otherwise achieve their personal objectives.” The allegations are now the subject of a UN investigation.

In response, Joel Reitman, Co-Chair of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following statement:

“Contrary to reports, Canada’s funding commitment to UNRWA was fully paid out last year – and there is no new funding on the horizon. This is why we are calling on the Government of Canada to impose a total moratorium on new funding for this tainted agency until a full investigation is completed and real change is implemented. This would be in keeping with similar announcements this week by the Dutch and Swiss governments.”

CIJA Co-Chair Jeffrey Rosenthal added:

“Over the years, we have raised alarm bells about UNRWA’s disturbing record and the danger of donor funds being abused. Like an overwhelming majority of Israelis, we desire not only peace and security for Israel but a better future for Palestinians. These latest allegations confirm that UNRWA continues to betray this cause. It’s time for countries like Canada to take action.”

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA

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