Ros-Lehtinen Reintroduces Measure That Holds UNRWA Accountable For Ties to Terror Group Hamas, Support For Incitement and Anti-Israel Bias

Oct 27, 2015

Ros-Lehtinen Reintroduces Measure That Holds UNRWA Accountable For Ties to Terror Group Hamas, Support For Incitement and Anti-Israel Bias

“The U.S. can’t continue to send $400 million to UNRWA while ignoring the systemic and endemic anti-Israel, anti-Semitic bias and the blatant incitement to violence we see from its employees”

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa, made the following statement after introducing H.R. 3829, the UNRWA Anti-Incitement and Anti-Terrorism Act, which seeks to hold accountable the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for its incitement to violence and terrorism. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:

“In response to the increased terror and violence in Israel, we must hold those who are responsible for inciting this violence accountable and that includes UNRWA. After investigating allegations first brought to light by UN Watch, the UN recently announced that several UNRWA employees had been suspended for posting inciting social media posts. The U.S. can’t continue to send $400 million to UNRWA while ignoring the systemic and endemic anti-Israel, anti-Semitic bias and the blatant incitement to violence we see from its employees. UNRWA employees and facilities are consistently tied to foreign terrorist organizations and a full accounting of the agency’s affiliations should be required before another dime is spent on this divisive organization.”

NOTE: H.R. 3829 would withhold U.S. contributions to UNRWA unless the Secretary of State certifies that no UNRWA employees, affiliates, schools, educational materials, or recipients of UNRWA funds are associated with foreign terrorist organizations or are propagating anti-American, anti-Israel, or anti-Semitic rhetoric, propaganda, or incitement. UNRWA would also have to be subject to a comprehensive and independent financial audit in order to ensure that UNRWA funds or UNRWA-held accounts aren’t being diverted or used for purposes of money laundering or terror financing. UNRWA has a history of subverting U.S. laws, aiding violent Islamic extremists, propagandizing against the democratic Jewish State of Israel and in favor of Hamas, and working with banks targeted by the United States for money laundering and terrorist financing. Ros-Lehtinen introduced a similar measure in the 113th Congress, H.R. 5647

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