Jerusalem mayor plans to remove UNRWA from city over incitement to terrorism
Jerusalem’s mayor Nir Barkat said Thursday he plans to remove the UN agency for so-called Palestinian great-grandchildren of refugees from the city, since the body is operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel.
Nir Barkat said schools, clinics and sports centers, among other services operated by UNRWA in east Jerusalem, will be transferred to Israeli authorities. The municipality did not provide an exact timeline but it said schools serving 1,800 students would be closed by the end of the current school year.
Barkat, who is set to step down following municipal elections at the end of the month, said the U.S. decision to cut $200 million in aid to the agency earlier this year prompted the move.
“The U.S. decision has created a rare opportunity to replace UNRWA’s services with services of the Jerusalem Municipality. We are putting an end to the lie of the ‘Palestinian refugee problem’ and the attempts at creating a false sovereignty within a sovereignty,” Barkat said in a statement. The schools and clinics are illegal and operate without an Israeli license, Barkat said.
Jerusalem’s municipality said the move was coordinated with the Israeli government.
UNRWA is an organization that perpetuates the Palestinian refugee problem, creating a situation in which there are great-grandchildren of refugees, who are not refugees but who are cared for by the agency.
UNRWA teaches hatred of Israel in its classrooms, promotes Jihad and leads children to become the next generation of Muslim terrorists.
There are 515,000 so-called Palestinian children in the UNRWA school system. Even if two percent of them take up the challenge to terrorism that would create more than 10,000 Muslim terrorists.