UNRWA rejects false allegations by Palestinian Media Watch

08 March 2011

Statement by UNRWA Spokesman, Chris Gunness

8 March 2011
Jerusalem

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNRWA, firmly rejects allegations made by Palestinian Media Watch that an “UNRWA youth centre” named an event after a suicide bomber. The false accusation comes in an article posted by Palestinian Media Watch director, Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.

The allegation that an UNRWA youth centre had named an event after a suicide bomber is patently false as UNRWA has not run youth centres in the West Bank for over ten years.

UNRWA calls on Palestinian Media Watch to check such allegations before publishing them. This is the second time that Palestinian Media Watch has made baseless and damaging allegations against UNRWA over the naming of a sporting event. A similar accusation was made about a year ago when, after an UNRWA investigation, it was demonstrated that the Palestinian Media Watch allegations were completely without foundation and Palestinian Media Watch was forced to remove the allegations from its website.

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