How much does MFAT spend on hatred each year

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From: David Cumin

Dear Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,

The Israel Institute of New Zealand has shown that at least $1m of taxpayer money has been paid to UNRWA and that some of those funds have been used to teach children hatred and incite violence (

The the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has reported the curriculum used in UNRWA schools "perpetuate[s] prejudices and hatred”, “fuels hatred” and “may incite violence” (

The European Parliament recently passed resolutions condemning the Palestinian Authority for continuing to teach hate from the same school text books ( and Norway has withheld payment to the PA over the material (

Please could you provide any documentation you hold that suggests New Zealand tax money might have funded any other forms of incitement or hatred over the past 5 years.

Yours sincerely,
David Cumin

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


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Dear David Cumin

Thank you for your OIA request, this email confirms receipt and advises that your request has been sent to the appropriate division for response.

Please note that our response letter to you (with your personal details redacted), and any enclosed documents, may be published on the Ministry’s website.

Kind regards

Executive Services Division
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade | Manatū Aorere

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