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UNRWA removes Palestine map, Jerusalem images from school books

Students follow the press conference of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the elementary school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA on 30 August 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Jordanian MPs said that the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) had removed a map of Palestine and images of Jerusalem images from its schools in Jordan, Quds Press reported Monday.

Some 22 MPs sent a letter to the Jordanian government to deal with the "violations" of the UNRWA's Operation Director David Roger, noting that the "violations" defame Palestinian identity.

According to Quds Press, the MPs also called for the Jordanian government to take action against the UNRWA's systematic reduction of its services for Palestinian refugees.

The MPs also said that UNRWA's "violations" regarding Palestine and Jerusalem do not only harm Palestinians, but Jordanians too.

Such measures, the MPs warned, foreshadows dangerous outcomes. They called for the Jordanian government to take "strict" measures against Roger and to review its position regarding the work of foreign agencies.

UNRWA statistics show that there are about 1.25 million Palestinian refugees in Jordan, including 373,000 living in refugee camps and the others live in the different Jordanian cities and towns.

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