Canada is contributing $50 million to the United Nations Palestinian so-called “refugee” agency (UNRWA) after the United States decided to stop funding what it called a “corrupt” and “irredeemably flawed” organization.
This money is for Arab Muslims who already have citizenship in countries like Jordan or Lebanon, as well as Gaza and other Palestinian territories where most were born and have lived all their lives.
CTV News The new Canadian funds announced today will be allocated over two years to assist the health and education efforts of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for fake Palestine Refugees, or UNRWA.
The Trump administration decided in August to withdraw US$364 million in support, ending the United States’ status as the largest donor for an organization that had been trying to help more than five million Palestinian refugees.
Canada’s foreign ministry says the new funds will help bring stability to the region by helping Palestinians cope with poverty, unemployment and food insecurity.
But it also says the money will assist UNRWA with “its ongoing efforts to improve neutrality within the agency and its operations.” (What is “neutrality” supposed to mean?)
“This assistance demonstrates how Canada and UNRWA are working together to ensure respect for the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, operational independence and impartiality,” said a statement from Global Affairs Canada.
Canada is earmarking $40 million towards the basic education, health and livelihood needs of millions of Palestinian refugees, especially women and children. Another $10 million is aimed at helping 460,000 Palestinians living in Syria and Lebanon.