UN incitement – Report: UN Officials Inciting Murder of Jews, Call to “Stab Zionist Dogs”

From UN Watch:

GENEVA, October 16, 2015 – UN staffers are using the imprimatur of their official positions to incite Palestinian stabbing and shooting attacks against Israeli Jews, with one UN-identified employee calling on Facebook to “stab Zionist dogs,” according to a new report issued today by UN Watch, the Geneva-based non-governmental organization that is accredited by the United Nations with the mandate to monitor the world body’s compliance with its charter.

Embarrassing for the UN? Only if they cared.

You won’t see any coverage of this at the BBC. You won’t see any coverage of this at the Guardian. It does not suit their world view, it appears.

Read the UN Watch material here.

[First seen at Elder of Ziyon.]

UNRWA doesn’t care about antisemitism or incitement

OK, so we store a few rockets in some of our schools - but only some. And, OK, every other employee is a card carrying member of a terrorist group. And, yes, our staff are seeped in antisemitism, just like our schools. But none of that matters, because the UN backs us. So go away and leave us alone.

OK, so we store a few rockets in some of our schools – but only some. And, OK, every other employee is a card carrying member of a terrorist group. And, yes, our staff are seeped in antisemitism, just like our schools. But none of that matters, because the UN backs us. So go away and leave us alone.

The incomparable Elder of Ziyon keeps on coming up with out and out Jew hatred and similar bile promoted by UNRWA people. And UNRWA pretends that nothing is wrong. See the latest Elder of Ziyon posting on this shocking state of affairs, here.

As the Elder says:

“I have plenty more examples in the queue, and I’m finding more all the time. If UNRWA really cared, they could find them before I do.

But they don’t care.”

Of course, if UNRWA really cared – or cared at all – they would do more than root out the material on display; they would instigate an investigation, publish the results, discipline the offenders, sack the management responsible, apologize, and go through their existing educational and cultural material with a fine tooth comb, to eliminate the poison.

But, knowing I am repeating myself, UNRWA doesn’t care.

Oh, and as for the Western media, although the UNRWA topic is slightly different, Dry Bones gets it right.

Acid test

Source: Simon James via Wikimedia

Source: Simon James via Wikimedia

If ever there were an acid test about the independence and objectivity of the BBC (stop laughing at the back!) this is it.

If ever there were an acid test of how seriously the Guardian treats antisemitism (enough already with the laughing!) this is it.


The unbelievable, but indisputably true story that UNRWA is riddled with antisemitic and terror inciting employees and officials. It’s a story documented at length by the incomparable Elder of Ziyon, backed up by a recent home run from UN Watch, and has had some (so far, limited) mainstream media coverage. You can see a couple of samples of the cases here, and here.

What we have, therefore, are multiple sightings of UNRWA officials on social media, posting bigoted, antisemitic material, and celebrating, marking, noting, enjoying, and encouraging attacks on Jews and Israelis. UNRWA – funded by your money and mine. UNRWA – a UN body, is employing and protecting haters and inciters. For sure it’s a story of interest.

Chris Gunness, UNRWA spokesman, claims it’s a non story. I find that stance an appalling abrogation of responsibility. It’s a cross between sticking your head in the sand, and having your backside speak for you – crap, crap, and more crap. What he should have done was admit there was an issue. What he should have done was investigate each and every case. What he should have done was publish the results. Transparency. Accountability. Honesty. It appears these words are not in the UNRWA dictionary.

So, why doesn’t the BBC cover this?

So, why doesn’t the Guardian cover this?

My own theory is that it does not fit their worldview, and to publicize the existence of such endemic hatred and incitement would threaten much of the pillar of nonsense they promulgate about the Middle East.  In other words, the BBC, the Guardian, and UNRWA see themselves as being on the same side. Guess who is on the ‘other’ side?

But there is no good reason for their failure. Therefore, even if my guess is wrong, that neither changes nor excuses a single bit of their collective failure.

It’s a despicable state of affairs, which serves to illustrate in stark terms how bad the BBC has become, and how bad the Guardian continues to be.

Unfortunately Not Really Working at All

Otherwise known as UNRWA.

I’m guessing that the UNRWA crew will not be happy about getting attention for all the wrong reasons. (Though for those who truly believe in equality, you might say it’s all the right reasons.) So the article at the Heritage Foundation, Time to Reconsider U.S. Support of UNRWA by Brett D Schaeffer and James Phillips, will be very unwelcome.

One reason it will be especially unwelcome is that it is not a piece of low level journalism, but a paper with points to make and listed sources. Oh dear.

In among the material is this:

  • As of July 1, 2014, UNRWA reported a staff of 30,252 to support 5.49 million persons (5.09 million “registered refugees” and 398,229 “other registered persons”) in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip.UNRWA reported expenditures of $1.1 billion in 2013, including $678.9 million in regular budget expenditures ($206 in total budget expenditures per individual and $125 in regular budget expenditures per individual).
  • UNHCR reported a staff of 7,735 in 2013, a 2013 budget of $5.34 billion, and budget expenditure of $2.97 billion to support more than 42.9 million refugees, internally displaced persons, and “others of concern” to UNHCR in more than 100 countries ($124 of total budget per individual or $69 in budget expenditure per individual).
  • The difference in the number of staff per refugee is staggering. UNHCR has one staff member for every 5,500 refugees and other persons of concern. UNRWA has one staff person for every 182 people registered by UNRWA.

That is indeed a staggering inefficiency. Even if the statistics are not an exact match, the gross disparity cannot be explained away in that manner. UNRWA looks, to all intents and purposes, as an employment agency, not an aid agency. And it’s an employment agency for its own people!

Read the whole thing here. And if you have any way of influencing USA policy, do pass it on!

[First seen at Elder of Ziyon.]

UNRWA’s propaganda campaign

If you go here (Huffington Post), you will see stuff like this:

Human Rights Day has a unique significance for over half a million children educated daily in hundreds of United Nations schools across the Middle East. It is a moment of hope and potentially of despair, when many of our students and more than 20,000 education staff will look at the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration and wonder why so many of them are denied to themselves and those they teach. We educate students living under blockade in war-ravaged Gaza, under occupation in the West Bank, in the refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon and amid civil war in Syria. There are many challenges to ensuring these children receive the best education they can, but through dedication and a school environment that promotes their well-being and helps realize their full potential, they can succeed. Today is also a day when we join together and renew our commitment to work for the universal respect of human rights. It is a day on which we advocate for our own rights to be respected and pledge not to violate the rights of others.

It is not only UN agencies, human rights organization, civil society groups and high profile individuals who advocate for rights across the Middle East. It is also refugee students themselves who are at the center of our rights initiatives. UNRWA works to empower students to advocate and promote a culture of human rights despite the challenges they face. This very day, in 687 United Nations-run schools in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, children will advocate for human rights principles. Human Rights Education in UNRWA schools enables students to critically reflect on ways they can contribute to the realization of rights and contribute directly to their society and global community in positive ways.

And more of the same.

It’s rubbish. Out and out propaganda.

Fortunately, the Elder of Ziyon has them nailed:

unrwa human rights

As the Elder says:

A 2011 study showed that UNRWA’s human rights curriculum didn’t teach anything about tolerance of religions and does not contribute one bit to Middle East peace.

The actual human rights curriculum materials on what used to be UNRWA’s Arabic “human rights” website teaches anti-Israel lies.

A document on that same site said that Jews do not know anything about human rights.

UNRWA’s definition of human rights is not what ordinary decent people might consider to be correct, putting it mildly.

Read the Elder‘s full take, here.

UNRWA = Unwilling and Not Really Wanting Accountability?

From the Times of Israel:

Five months on, no answers on how rockets got into Gaza schools

The UN’s Human Rights Council and Ban Ki-moon have launched probes into this summer’s war. But the UN agency in charge of Gazan refugees is in no rush to follow suit, despite numerous promises

In a nutshell, UNRWA is evading its responsibilities.

In response to one rocket cache being found on its premises, it said it was carrying out an investigation. Nobody knows what that means and what, if anything, happened. UNRWA are ignoring inquiries about that investigation, if there ever was such a thing.

About another discovery of rockets, they said there would be an investigation. Now they seem to be living up to past form by ignoring the issue and hoping it will go away:

…Gunness [UNRWA’s director of advocacy and strategic communications] has been refusing to respond to Times of Israel queries regarding the matter, specifically about the makeup of the inquiry UNRWA promised to establish. Asked several times who is conducting the investigation and whether UNRWA intends on publishing the results, he simply referred to the agency’s website, which provides no information whatsoever on the promised probe.

After this reporter turned to other UNRWA officials in the search for information about the inquiry, Gunness instructed all other UNRWA and UN spokespersons to ignore these queries and refer them to him.

So, a director of communications is refusing to communicate. A cynic might think those past statements about investigations held or to be held were purely communicated so as to satisfy the immediate need to say something responsible, without any connection to actuality or intent. Accountability? Not on their agenda.

It might be good viewing for Christopher Gunness to cry, but that act did not achieve anything except misdirect the audience. It was theater – intentional or otherwise – without substance. It was a gesture of a particular moment. But now? Where’s the action? Where’s the living up to responsibilities?

UNRWA’s attitude here underlines their status – as per this post – as a problem. When are the mainstream media going to tackle the issue? When are the funders going to take some responsibility and force UNRWA to be accountable? Or is this badly behaving organization always going to be just another one of the UN’s untouchable beasts of badness?

The problem that is UNRWA

UNRWA is the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

As Wikipedia puts it:

…originally intended to provide jobs on public works projects and direct relief for 652,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes during the fighting that followed the end of the British mandate over the region of Palestine.

So far, so good.

It also provided relief to Jewish and Arab Palestine refugees inside the state of Israel following the 1948 conflict until the Israeli government took over responsibility for Jewish refugees in 1952.

Warning bells should be ringing now. Since 1952, Israel has taken responsibility for Jewish refugees. Since 1952, however, no country – not a single one – has taken responsibility for Palestinian refugees. Not one.

It is generally accepted that the main reason for this is to use the refugees as a political weapon against Israel. Bugger the welfare of the people, let’s bash Israel.

In the absence of a solution to the Palestine refugee problem, the General Assembly has repeatedly renewed UNRWA’s mandate, most recently extending it until 30 June 2017.

Today, UNRWA provides education, health care and social services to the 5 million registered Palestinian refugees, including survivors from the 1948 and 1967 wars and their descendants. Aid is provided to Palestinian refugees living in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, as well as those in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. It is the only agency dedicated to helping refugees from a specific region or conflict, and is separate from UNHCR…

Nowhere else does refugee status become a hereditary right. Nowhere else is there such naked dependence for political reasons.

And in places like Gaza – though probably it is the same elsewhere – UNRWA has become a terrorist enabler. Some may see it as more than that.

How is it a terrorist enabler? It is riddled with Hamas people. Its premises are used as part of the tunnel network in Gaza. Its premises are used to store weapons. Its premises are used as command centers. Its premises are used to train terrorists. Its schools are used to teach anti-semitism and hate. It celebrates terrorism and terrorists. It does nothing to promote peace. Funded by UN money, it is a block to progress.

But the problem with UNRWA is not what it does (or doesn’t do) or the culture of dependency it has cultivated, encouraged, and helped become embedded in those parts of the world. The problem with UNRWA is that if it didn’t exist, who would fill its shoes? Would the nation states currently housing so called refugees suddenly step into the breach? Would they offer citizenship and freedom from discrimination? Apparently the consequences of UNRWA disappearing is one reason why Israel doesn’t make more of an issue about disbanding the horror show that is UNRWA. The USA would not want to be part of the creation of a humanitarian disaster or crisis.

And if you think a Palestinian state would solve the problem, think again. Why should UNRWA modify its behavior in anyway in such circumstances. We would only see and expect more of the same.

Ideally, there would be more efforts made to curb the behavior with penalties by way of withdrawal of funding. That won’t happen. So, how can the situation be fixed?

My suggestion is that UNRWA is not disbanded – at least not immediately. Instead, I propose a complex but desirable revolution.

First, the UN should be restructured. All current states would have to reapply for membership. Membership would only be open to those with a functioning democracy and full human rights: freedom of speech, equality for women, gays, lesbians, and minorities, a ban on discrimination, and so on. Countries that cannot pass the test do not get a voting membership, only the status of an observer. They can get a vote when they grow into mature states. In short, the UN should only be directed and guided by the democracies of the world.

Such a revolution would put right some of the gross injustice in the world. It would reinstate the right values. We should not be giving tin pot dictatorships and religious regimes and all the other bad states of governance any voice in the affairs of the civilized world. They should have no rights – beyond that of being treated fairly – until they pass muster.

Replacing the UN with a sensible set of states should freshen the approach in a number of areas. Fresh eyes, fresh appraisal, and fresh ideas. Like the following.

Second, the reworked UN should go to each place that UNRWA operates and negotiate with the local power to gradually absorb the refugees. Take the money from UNRWA and give it to the local authorities. With the money there may come a change of heart about what can and cannot be done. (Of course, while budget transfer would be dependent on certain conditions, having the conditions and enforcing the conditions are two separate issues.)

In other words, take UNRWA out of the picture, country by country, by passing the money on. Gradually, funding needs should decline. (That would have to be part of the negotiation.) Gradually, the UNRWA dependents would become part of their host and start contributing to that society. And, given that it is a fresh start, it should be easier to impose standards of education. No anti-semitism, no hate, no promotion of terror.

I know it’s a dream. I know there are huge obstacles I have ignored. I know it won’t happen. But that doesn’t stop me wishing for a change for the better. A world without UNRWA could be a better place. I am open to alternative suggestions.

PS: want to know the reality of UNRWA?

Look here and see:

  • UNRWA’s union officially denies the Holocaust
  • UNRWA teachers really love terrorists
  • UNRWA school logos erase Israel
  • UNRWA school deputy principal is a fan of Hamas terrorists
  • UNRWA teacher fervently supports terror on Facebook (UPDATES)
  • UNRWA teaches first graders to call for Israel’s destruction
  • Holocaust denial and antisemitism from UNRWA teachers
  • For the THIRD time, UNRWA engages in a coverup of its hate
  • UNRWA site, quoting hadith, says Jews are dirty (UPDATE)
  • COVERUP: UNRWA removes “human rights” webpage after hate and lies exposed
  • Plenty of hate and lies in the UNRWA “human rights” curriculum
  • Current UNRWA “human rights” website includes antisemitism
  • Corrupt, pro-Hamas UN offers to “monitor” cement imports into Gaza
  • UNRWA supplies found in terror tunnel
  • UNRWA praised the smuggling of cement into Gaza in 2011. What did they know then?
  • UNRWA’s second rocket cache and their zeal to redirect anger at Israel (UPDATE)

And lots more.

In UNRWA schools they can count: 1, 2, 3…

unrwa mossad

The Elder of Ziyon skewers Chris Gunness.

Gunness deserves it, and much more.

For example, see here for the background to this:

If UNRWA had a shred of integrity, it would fire Gunness for his obvious bias and hate towards Israel. However, an organization that is built on lies – to support a group or “refugees” who are 99% non-refugees – is not bothered at all.

As another example, see here for the background to this:

Chris Gunness from UNRWA responds with his usual hand waving, hoping that people don’t notice that he is not addressing the real issues. For example, while it is true that UNRWA might vet employees for known terror ties, this by no means proves that UNRWA schools are neutral and do not teach hate for Israel. I have proven that they, in fact, do, along with support for jihad and “martyrdom.”

As the Elder has long ago stated, it is time to abolish UNRWA.