Canada gives $50M to Palestinian fund
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.