July 10, 2020

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UNRWA puff piece in WSJ includes almost certainly fabricated quote from a child


The Wall Street Journal has a puff piece about UNRWA, which is opening all of its schools next week despite lots of warnings a couple of weeks back that the schools might all be shuttered forever.

The WSJ does not quote a single critic of UNRWA. But it also includes this highly unlikely quote:

Nagham Abu Amra aspires to be a doctor, but she said she is worried she won’t have other options if the schools, which educate about half the students in Gaza, shut early.

If the school closes, how will we acquire knowledge?,” said the 13-year-old, who lives with her family in Deir al-Balah, a town in central Gaza. “We won’t be able to fulfill our dreams,”

Sounds like a perfectly natural thing for a 13 year old to say.

By the way, there are just about as many government-run schools in Gaza as there are UNRWA schools. The public schools are also free (although there are charges for books, which UNRWA gives out for free.)

The world is paying for an entirely separate, parallel school system that uses the same curriculum as in the host countries.  And somehow this is considered a good thing.

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