UNRWA Rejects False Accusations About its Summer Fun Weeks in Gaza

20 June 2013

Statement attributable to UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

20 June 2013
Jerusalem
 
UNRWA categorically rejects the accusations made by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center based in Israel that its Summer Fun Weeks for 150,000 children in Gaza promote extremism. The accusation was put out by an Israeli Government Spokesperson but retracted from the relevant Israeli Government website when the falsehood was pointed out. 
 
As I have said before, anyone, be it a media organisation or a government department, should check with UNRWA before putting out false reports that will inevitably damage their credibility. UNRWA’s Summer Fun Weeks provide the next generation in Gaza with a sense of normality amid life under blockade. They are conducted in accordance with universally accepted United Nations values. 
 
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Background Information

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall,  projected for 2016 to stand at US$ 96.5 million. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight. UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

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