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January 20, 2021

An Australian representative speaking at the United Nations in Geneva

"The Australian Department of Foreign Trade and Affairs (DFAT) will investigate antisemitic and inflammatory educational materials used by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), after a report by an Israel-based watchdog organization, The Australian reported Monday.

'UNRWA has a fundamental obligation to remain unbiased and impartial while it delivers its humanitarian mandate,' a department spokesperson told the paper. 'DFAT has reiterated to UNRWA the importance it places on non-discrimination, equality and neutrality in the education programs that UNRWA supports.'

Last week, the organization IMPACT-se, which monitors school curricula, released a report on racism, falsehoods, and incitements to violence in materials used by UNRWA.
In a statement made one day after the release of the IMPACT-se report, agency Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini admitted the presence of the offending materials and claimed that an internal review had been conducted.

Australian Government Probes UNRWA After Watchdog Report Reveals Antisemitic Educational Materials Article