Senate, House GOP introduce UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act

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Senate, House GOP introduce UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act
The bill seeks to withhold US contributions to the organization, "unless the Secretary of State certifies every 180 days to Congress that UNRWA meets strict accountability and transparency criteria."
By OMRI NAHMIAS
JULY 28, 2021

WASHINGTON – A group of 27 House Republicans and 12 Senate Republicans introduced a new bill on Tuesday to withhold US contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). The UNRWA Accountability and Transparency Act would cease US contributions to the organization, “unless the secretary of state certifies every 180 days to Congress that UNRWA meets strict accountability and transparency criteria,” said Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who spearheaded the Senate version of the bill, and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) who led the House version.

“The United States may not provide contributions to UNRWA... unless the secretary of state submits a written certification to the appropriate congressional committees that no official, employee, consultant or contractor,” of UNRWA is a member of, is affiliated with or has any ties to a foreign terrorist organization, including Hamas and Hezbollah, the bill reads, nor has it “advocated, planned, sponsored or engaged in any terrorist activity;” or “has propagated or disseminated anti-American, anti-Israel, or antisemitic rhetoric, incitement or propaganda.” If signed into law, the secretary would also need to certify that “no UNRWA school, hospital, clinic, facility or other infrastructure or resource is being used by a foreign terrorist organization or any member thereof.”

more............ https://www.jpost.com/international...wa-accountability-and-transparency-act-675184
 
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