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Malaysia launches campaign to support Palestinian refugees

Sept. 10, 2018 2:45 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 12, 2018 10:38 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The government of Malaysia announced on Monday the launch of a national fundraising campaign to support Palestinian refugees through the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

The campaign aims to mobilize resources for UNRWA, since the agency currently faces a financial crisis after the United States Trump administration’s decision, to end all funds to the agency.

The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, Wan Azizah spoke at the campaign launch event in Kuala Lumpur and said "The recent funding cuts to UNRWA undermine the education, healthcare and other life-saving services to vulnerable Palestine refugees."

She called on all Malaysians to “Join this effort. No matter how small, your contribution can make a big difference to people who have nothing."

Azizah stressed that the Malaysian government is determined to ensure that Palestinian refugees receive the support and solidarity they deserve.

Many of the attendees expressed their solidarity with Palestine and Palestinian refugees, and have vowed to contribute to the national fundraising campaign, which will continue for a month.

It is noteworthy that for decades, Malaysia has been a consistent supporter of UNRWA, both in financial and political matters.

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