UNRWA, Hamas argue over arranging foreign trips for Gaza pupils

11:28, December 19, 2010      

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Disputes between Hamas which rules the Gaza Strip and the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) again erupted on Saturday after the latter arranged trips to foreign countries for outstanding schoolchildren.

The Hamas-run department of Palestinian refugees' affairs said in a press statement on Saturday that it condemns the trips that the UNRWA arranges for Gaza schoolchildren to America, Europe and South Africa.

"These trips included taking the schoolchildren to the Jewish Holocaust in Europe," the Hamas statement said, adding "taking our children to places like the Jewish Holocaust and briefing them over the suffering of the Jewish people by the Nazi is corrupting the mentality of the Palestinian children."

The UNRWA is one of the United Nations organizations that has been sponsoring and aiding the daily life of the Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It offers 3.8 million refugees educational, medical, cultural and social cares as well as humanitarian aids.

"The UNRWA doesn't have a free hand to teach at school the curricula that it believes fits the Palestinian children. It has been committed in educating the approved curricula in the areas it offers its services, therefore it should be committed to this curricula in Gaza as well," the statement said.

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