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Tuesday, 2 October 2018 - Strasbourg Revised edition

13. EU support to UNRWA, following the US withdrawal of financial support to UNRWA (debate)
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  Branislav Škripek (ECR ). – Mr President, I believe all of us can agree that we cannot fund an entity without scrutinising it thoroughly. We have obtained well-founded reports that UNRWA has been funding school textbooks full of incitement and full of hate, and even EU money is funding these school textbooks. They should meet the UN standards of education and promote peace. Regretfully, we have seen alarming changes in the Palestinian curricula, which are turning in the wrong direction.

Moreover, in your answer to the written question of the group of MEPs, Commissioner Hahn, you admitted that for the current result—oriented framework there are no specific targets linked to the curriculum reform process. Humanitarian efforts have become harmful to any kind of peace in the area. We need to make sure the UNRWA meets basic conditions in order that further EU funding can be justified. The US cut has made the EU the only major donor of the UNRWA. This fact will make the EU more accountable for the outcomes.

 
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