Why We Are Suing The Federal Government For Funding UNRWA: A Fireside Chat With Richard Marceau, VP & General Counsel, Centre For Israel And Jewish Affairs

April 17, 2024

For years, Israel has accused UNRWA, the disgraced United Nations agency, of ties to Palestinian terrorism and incitement and glorification of violence.

But only after the massacres of October 7 did the UN agency, officially tasked with providing aid to Palestinians, get into the larger spotlight.

Israel has accused – and provided evidence for – UNRWA staff of participating in Hamas’ massacre, and has pointed to a huge Hamas data centre built directly underneath the agency’s Gaza City headquarters, as well as satellite photos of schools built on top of Hamas bunkers, and much more.

Every year, UNRWA receives funding from international donors, including Canada, meaning Ottawa effectively is funding Hamas terrorism.

As a result, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) recently announced it was taking legal action against the Trudeau government, saying funding UNRWA contravenes Canadian anti-terrorism legislation.

Richard Marceau, CIJA’s VP and General Counsel, joins us as a guest.

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