This UN agency has an anti-Israel problem. So why does Canada keep funding it?

An anti-Israel poster at the UNRWA refugee camp in Jenin, West Bank. (Photo by Mazur/ Creative Commons)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East, better known as UNRWA, provides health care and education for more than five million displaced Palestinians in the Middle East. But UNRWA has been in the news a lot in the last few years, as several of its employees and teachers have been accused of sharing violent or disturbing antisemitic and anti-Israel content online.

This week, UN Watch, an organization based in Geneva, released a new report alleging 22 UNRWA teachers, principals and staff members have posted content on Facebook that glorifies terrorism, quotes Hitler or erases Israel from maps. UN Watch has released several similar reports in the past, finding more than 100 such cases since 2015.

Despite these claims, Canada is still on track to donate more than $90 million to UNRWA over the next three years.

Hillel Neuer, the Canadian-born executive director of UN Watch, joins to discuss his organization’s latest report and what he expects from the Canadian government.

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