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Thursday, November 4, 2010
Action Update: UNRWA Distances Itself From Statements of its New York
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition thanks all of its members, supporters and people of conscience who have written to The Secretary General of the United Nations in response to our action alert of November 1, 2010 (http://www.al-awda.org/alert-un.html). UNRWA has issued a statement distancing itself from the recent outrageous comments made by Andrew Whitley, the current director of its New York office, and which were the subject of our alert. Mr. Whitley had stated that the Palestinian refugees should not entertain the "cruel illusion" that they will ever exercise their inalienable Right of Return and that they should start considering "their own role in the societies where they are", or elsewhere. The UNRWA statement, which is posted at http://www.unrwa.org/etemplate.php?id=831, reads as follows:
"UNRWA unequivocally distances itself from the statements made by the Director of its office in New York, Andrew Whitley, at the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington on 22 October 2010. These statements in no way reflect the policies or positions of the Agency and are the personal views of Mr. Whitley."
Al-Awda, The Palestine Right to Return Coalition thanks UNRWA for issuing this statement. However, Mr. Whitley's comments of October 22, 2010 reflect a clear breach of duty and betrayal of the trust vested in UNWRA by the world community and, particularly, by the refugees themselves. In addition, as a UN official, Mr. Whitley undermined the integrity and the credibility of UNRWA and exposed himself as the enemy of the people he is supposed to serve. Therefore, he should be dismissed immediately from the organization.
We call on all our members, supporters and people of conscience to write once again to His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon, The Secretary General of the United Nations to thank UNRWA for their statement distancing themselves from Mr. Whitley's comments but to insist on his immediate dismissal.
His Excellency Ban Ki-Moon
The Secretary General of the United Nations
I am writing to thank UNRWA for its recent statement distancing itself from the recent outrageous comments made by Andrew Whitley the current director of its New York office on October 22, 2010. However, Mr. Whitley's statement reflects a clear breach of duty and betrayal of the trust vested in UNWRA by the world community and, particularly, by the refugees themselves. Additionally, as a UN official, Mr. Whitley undermined the integrity and the credibility of UNRWA and exposed himself as the enemy of the people he is supposed to serve. Therefore, I ask you dismiss him immediately from UNRWA.
Such a measure is necessary to maintain the integrity of UNRWA, and the confidence of all people, especially the Palestinian refugees, in this unique agency.
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