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UNWRA Communications Director to Address Pro-BDS Conference

The communications director of the UNRWA USA National Committee is scheduled to address a conference next week hosted by American Muslims for Palestine (AMP).

Laila Mokhiber is scheduled to be part of a panel event at the conference in Washington, D.C., which organizers say is an “in-depth course on legislative advocacy.”

UNRWA USA is an American nonprofit group dedicated to educating the U.S. public about the work of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) and generating support for its programs in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. It is entirely separate from the U.N. agency.

AMP is an anti-Israel group that supports the BDS movement and was founded by Hatem Bazian, who also co-founded Students for Justice in Palestine.

Mokhiber did not respond to a request for comment from The Washington Free Beacon, which first reported her upcoming appearance, regarding her ties to AMP and the anti-Israel BDS movement.

UNRWA, founded in 1949, provides various kinds of aid and assistance to Palestinian refugees and generations of their descendants, in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria, as well as in Judea and Samaria.

The current administration has cut all U.S. funding to UNRWA in September 2018 due to criticism that the agency enables the Palestinian refugee issue and teaches anti-Israel material in its student textbooks.