UNRWA: Finance

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of Caroline Ansell Caroline Ansell Conservative, Eastbourne

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the implications for her Department’s stated zero tolerance approach to antisemitism of the UK’s financial support for the UN Relief and Works Agency which utilises the official Palestinian Authority school curriculum in its schools in the West Bank and Gaza; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK is committed to combatting the rise of antisemitism in all its forms. We accompany our support for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) with stringent attention to implementation of their neutrality policy, including how they apply this to textbooks and other learning material to ensure they reflect UN values. In Gaza and the West Bank, UNRWA uses the Palestinian Authority's (PA's) curriculum in their schools after rigorously reviewing that it is in line with UN values. Officials from the British Consulate General Jerusalem regularly discuss the curriculum with counterparts in UNRWA and the PA.

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