The watchdog group, NGO Monitor, calls for UNICEF to sever all ties with BDS groups after it transferred $1 million donated by Canada to Palestinian ‘educational’ groups that back BDS boycotts of Israel.
• The non-Governmental organization urges increased oversight on donated funds to Palestinian groups.
By Israel Hayom Staff
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund is actively supporting anti-Israel boycotts, NGO Monitor watchdog group president Gerald Steinberg contends.
Steinberg recently revealed to members of the Canadian Parliament how money donated by their government for educational programs was being misused by organizations to which UNICEF had transferred the money and which promote the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.
In 2015, the Canadian government donated approximately $1 million to UNICEF for the purpose of funding an educational program for Palestinians. The funds were supposed to go toward training teachers, purchasing textbooks, rebuilding old school structures and the provision of psychological services to children and young adults.
UNICEF, however, invested the funds in the World Council of Churches’ Ecumenical Accompaniment Program, which trains boycott, divestment and sanctions movement activists from around the world.
As part of their training, activists at times use anti-Semitic rhetoric in the anti-Israel campaigns they introduce in churches around the world.
Another BDS organization by the name of Christian Peacemaker Teams also received some of the Canadian funds.
Steinberg called on all governments that donate to these types of UNICEF projects to closely monitor the way in which the funds are being used to ensure that U.N. agencies do not transfer taxpayer money to radical political organizations disguised as human rights groups.
He further demanded that UNICEF end its collaboration with the BDS movement as well as with organizations that have ties to Palestinian terrorist group the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
This was not the first time that the U.N. agency had demonstrated its support for the BDS movement. In January, Israel Hayom reported that UNICEF was spearheading a campaign to include the Israel Defense Forces on a U.N. blacklist of “grave violators of children’s rights,” that included terrorist groups like the Islamic State group and Boko Haram.
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