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November 16, 2016
Independent Jewish Voices Canada applauds Canada’s restoration of funding to UNRWA
OTTAWA– Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is elated by the Liberal government’s decision to restore annual funding to the humanitarian organization for Palestinian refugees run by the United Nations, known as UNRWA.
“After numerous years of Canada withholding of funding, we are delighted to see that the Liberal government is committed to the wellbeing of millions of vulnerable Palestinian refugees through the restoration of funding to UNRWA,” says IJV spokesperson Tyler Levitan.
$20 million of this funding will go towards increasing access to education, health and social services. An additional $5 million is slated to assist Palestinian refugees impacted negatively by the dire humanitarian situation in Syria and the surrounding area.
“While we welcome this decision by the Liberal government, we are still awaiting the government’s actions against Israel’s illegal practices. Humanitarian assistance is hugely important, but it will never replace Canada’s obligation to demand freedom, justice and equality for the Palestinians,” concludes Levitan.
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Tyler Levitan, spokesperson for Independent Jewish Voices Canada
Independent Jewish Voices Canada (IJV) is a national human rights organization whose mandate is to promote a just resolution to the conflict in Israel and Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. There are currently ten chapters of IJV in cities across the country, in addition to a growing number of student chapters on major university campuses. IJV supports the right of Canadians to criticize and challenge the current laws and policies of the State of Israel, including through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.