Canada gives $50M to Pales­tinian fund

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

Ot­tawa — canada is con­tribut­ing $50 mil­lion to the united Na­tions Pales­tinian refugee agency — af­ter the united States de­cided to stop fund­ing what it called an “ir­re­deemably flawed” or­ga­ni­za­tion.

the 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 Pales­tine refugees, or unrwa.

the trump ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided in au­gust to with­draw $300 mil­lion us 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.

Is­rael has ac­cused the agency of be­ing bi­ased, fu­elling its con­flict with the Pales­tini­ans and pro­mot­ing ha­tred against the Jewish state.

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.

“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 Pales­tinian refugees in Syria and Le­banon.

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