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Congressmen Press State Department on Demand to Investigate UNRWA

A group of tenacious US Congressmen are pressing on with their demand that the State Department investigate and justify the massive financial aid that America provides to the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency (UNRWA). 

Today, the US remains the largest single state donor to the UNRWA, the dangerous UN program that has cultivated and radicalized the so-called Palestinian refugee problem.  Created in 1948 to assist Arabs who alleged that they lost their homes and livelihoods in the 1948 Israeli Independence War, this short-term program was mandated to address the plight of a only few hundred thousand individuals.  Instead of  acting to resettle displaced persons, UNRWA has spent the ensuing 4 generations since 1948, nurturing and facilitating those Arabs who claim they want to destroy Israel and return to their former homes inside of  Tel-Aviv and Haifa.  Today UNRWA proudly boasts that it provides services to over 5 million Palestinian refugees!

While the Arab League and the Islamic states annually ignore their pledges to fund UNRWA, the US and the EU continue to financially perpetuate UNRWA's $650 million budget. On June 18, 2013, the US announced a donation of  $123 million to UNRWA.

In addition to prolonging the Palestinian refugee issue, UNRWA has allowed the camps, facilities and schools it administers in the Palestinian Authority and neighboring Arab states to become hotbeds of  Palestinian terrorist training and anti-Semitic incitement. Indeed, Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, the PLO and Hezbollah all continually utilize UNRWA facilities to advance their criminal operations. UNRWA is, indeed, a dangerous obstacle to regional peace

On September 17, 2013, four US Congressmen sent a powerful letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that the US investigate and monitor this rogue UN program. House members Gerlach, Dent, Meehan and Fitzpatrick warned Kerry that funding UNRWA was harming the US and promoting racist hatred as well as religious extremism in the Middle East. They claimed UNRWA was undermining US foreign policy and peace efforts. Shortly afterwards, on September 27th, the State Department provided its feeble response, claiming that it had investigated the allegations and found that they were unwarranted.

The Congressmen did not accept the State Department's brush-off and assurances. Instead, they are continuing to demand the details of the State Department's investigation of UNRWA. In their latest, pull no punches, letter, they are asking the State Department to fully disclose exactly how it oversees and monitors UNRWA's funding and activities and whether American funding is in compliance with US law. 

The Congressional letters and State Department response, linked here, need to be read and widely circulated. Please pass it along to everyone you know:

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