SWC Calls On US Foreign Relations Committees To Close UNRWA Permanently; End Refugee Welfare State and Empower Palestinian Peace Seekers to Oversee Education

November 30, 2023

Jewish Human Rights Organization Calls for End to Refugee Welfare State and Empower Palestinian Peace Seekers to Oversee Education

LOS ANGELES – The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is calling on the US Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees to permanently close the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) following proof that UNRWA schools have been used to launch missiles against Israeli civilians, store weapons, and that one UNRWA employee held an Israeli hostage for 50 days in his home.

In letters to the Foreign Relations Committees, the SWC wrote:

  • Despite protestations that UNRWA’s educational curriculum is there to promote peace, the opposite is true.  Children are taught to revere mass murdering terrorists, the legitimacy and even the existence of the Jewish state is ignored or denied. And worst of all the right of return—another way of expressing the goal of erasing Israel is a central theme in classrooms.

  • UNRWA, which teaches much of the young Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, has contributed to the brainwashing of students, denying the legitimacy of their Jewish neighbors. These students who spend summers receiving military training grow up with one goal: Kill Israelis and remove them from the land of Israel.

  • A few days ago, AWRAD -  a research and consulting firm based in the Palestinian Authority’s capital of Ramallah -  surveyed the opinions of 668 residents across the West Bank and Gaza during the fourth week of the war in face-to-face interviews conducted online. In its most revealing find, 85% of those polled support the “October 7 attacks” either strongly or at least somewhat.
SWC urges that:

  • The US to take the lead to close UNRWA and for legitimate refugees to be dealt with by the UN High Commissioner on Refugees
  • The UN to stop bestowing refugee status to Palestinians from generation to generation

  • Funds for schools and education should go directly to the Palestinian people
  • The Foreign Relations Committee convene and seek bipartisan support to change the Palestinian educational system from a paradigm of hate and denial to one of hope, integrity, and reconciliation
This is not a time to expand UNRWA but to shut it and its terrorist-supporting welfare state once and for all. In the future, Palestinians seeking peace must oversee and control the education of their young people.
For further information contact the Center’s Communications department at pressinquiries@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed. Media can also contact James Lambert, Vice President at Rubenstein Public Relations, at jlambert@rubensteinpr.com or at 1-212-805-3024.
About the Simon Wiesenthal Center  

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).


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