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Parliamentary questions
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6 May 2013
Question for written answer E-004963-13
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 117
Fiorello Provera (EFD)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Terrorism encouraged at UNRWA schools
 Answer in writing 

On 26 April 2013, the Ynet online news website published an article and a video clip produced by Near East Policy Research (NEPR), which showed how schools operated in Gaza by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and funded by the US and Europe, had been preparing the ground for the next generation of terrorists.

According to NEPR, students begin their day by exclaiming ‘Glory and eternal life to the martyrs and the righteous, Jerusalem is ours, we will liberate it’. The right of return is taught as a major part of the curriculum, and members of the Islamic Jihad teach lessons or deliver speeches in UNRWA schools on building bombs, launching Qassam rockets, suicide bombings and martyrdom.

1. Is the Vice-President/High Representative aware of the curriculum at Gaza’s UNRWA schools?

2. What steps will the Vice-President/High Representative take to ensure that those aspects of the curriculum which encourage terror are removed and that UNRWA provides students with an education based on peace building and coexistence?

3. If terrorism remains a part of the curriculum at UNRWA schools, will the Vice-President/High Representative take steps to ensure that UNRWA is no longer funded with EU taxpayers’ money?

 OJ C 40 E, 11/02/2014
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