UNRWA “schoolteachers, principals and other staffers who openly support terrorism and antisemitism.”
A new report compiled by the UN Watch revealed systemic Antisemitism prevalent among Palestinian teachers hired by the United Nations.
The 60-age report documents occasions where teachers employed by the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) celebrated Israeli deaths at the hands of terrorists and indoctrinated children in jihad warfare ideology.
UNRWA, which receives hundreds of millions of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars, employs “schoolteachers, principals and other staffers who openly support terrorism and antisemitism.” They expose Palestinian children and youth to terrorist propaganda and allowing classrooms to become places of jihadist indoctrination.
Instead of acting on past complaints indicating widespread Jew-hatred in the organization, the UN agency refuses to take action against perpetrators. The report concluded the “UNRWA has a very high tolerance for antisemitism.”
On Monday, the UN Watch published some of the highlights (read the full PDF report here):
Over 100 UNRWA educators and staff have publicly promoted violence and antisemitism on social media, according to a new report published by the non-governmental organization UN Watch, an independent human rights group based in Geneva.
The report, entitled “Beyond the Textbooks,” uncovers 22 recent cases of UNRWA staff incitement which clearly violate the agency’s own rules as well as its proclaimed values of zero tolerance for racism, discrimination or antisemitism. UN Watch is calling on the agency’s major funders — including the U.S., Germany, the UK and the European Union — to hold UNRWA accountable to its own standards and commitments.
As revealed in the report, UNRWA staff stationed in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan have publicly incited antisemitism and terrorism. Among the educators who have used their personal social media channels for such propaganda are UNRWA Gaza math teacher Nahed Sharawi, who shared a video of Adolf Hitler with inspirational quotes to “enrich and enlighten your thoughts and minds.” Husni Masri, an UNRWA teacher in the West Bank, posted antisemitic conspiracy theories according to which Jews control the world, created the coronavirus and seek to destroy Islam.
UN Watch’s report lists a total of 113 cases that it managed to capture from UNRWA employees’ public pages alone, all celebrating and promoting violence, even among young children. The watchdog group only examined a sample of Facebook users who publicly identified themselves as UNRWA employees, and estimates that the actual number of UNRWA staff who incite violence and hatred includes many more of the agency’s 30,000 staff.
UN Watch further reveals that despite its numerous prior requests and submission of detailed evidence, UNRWA has failed to fire teachers who incite to racism and terrorism, nor has it taken any other meaningful action. UNRWA should therefore be considered complicit in its staff members’ misconduct, says UN Watch.
The incitement by Palestinian teachers comes in addition to the terrorist propaganda embedded in children’s textbooks and school curricula. A 2020 study, which analyzed hundreds of Palestinian textbooks, found that they were “openly antisemitic and continue to encourage violence, jihad and martyrdom.” Kids are “encouraged to discuss goals and concepts of jihad, jihadi fighters (mujahid), and the wonders of martyrdom,” the report said.
The vast UNRWA-aided propaganda infrastructure is to a great extent bankrolled by the U.S. taxpayer money. In 2016, the Obama administration allocated $360 million to the UNRWA, nearly a third of its billion-dollar annual budget.
The UN agency suffered a significant setback when President Donald Trump cut the generous U.S. funding. In 2018, the Trump White House ended all U.S. aid to the UNRWA.
The mainstream media viciously attacked Trump for that decision. The New York Times called it a “vengeful and short-sighted act.” Another NYT headline mockingly asked: “Does Trump Knows what UNRWA Does?” Trump’s “willingness to target UNRWA singles out Palestinian refugees and holds them, hostage,” the Washington Post commented. the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera described the measure as “Trump’s attempt to erase the Palestinian people.”
With President Joe Biden in the White House, it’s business as unusual for the jihad-promoters at the UNRWA. In April, the Biden administration resorted the agency’s funding, aiming to bring it to Obama-era levels by allocating $235 million in U.S. aid.
UN Watch head Hillel Neuer calls out U.S. funding of UNRWA (April 2021)
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