American taxpayers have been subsidizing educators who call for the murder of Jews. Suspending these funds isn’t enough. UNRWA must be abolished for good.
Why not include a bigger truth in this article? Trump rescinded money to these thugs and Joey immediately reversed that. Trump knew. Trump was prescient.
Just another brick in the wall of radical leftist hate against sanity like allowing an open border
When Trump gets in again, I hope he goes all the way and completely defunds the UN. They can move it to Mogadishu
How on earth has this separate agency, exclusively to promote NOT resettling Arab Palestinian refugees, been allowed to continue for 75 years? The fact that this agency was not long-ago folded into the overall agency for dealing with refugees suggests a very deep rot at the UN, and an intention on the part of too many UN member states to support the destruction of Israel.
Thank you, Free Press, for giving the courageous Hillel Neuer of UN Watch a platform to expose the utter rot and corruption of UNRWA. On January 4th I listened to this podcast from The Daily Objective: (https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-daily-objective/id1518860114?i=1000640570979) "What UNRWA Teachers Say When You're Not Listening" which chronicled the shocking, vile, antisemitic and celebratory Jew-hatred messages in the UNRWA teachers' Telegram group. As someone who has followed and supported Mr. Neuer for years, these revelations did not surprise me, but I had no idea how this message would reach a wider audience. And as happy as I am to see major funders currently withdrawing their support, I also heard a soundbite from UN Chief Antonio Gutteres today that a major humanitarian disaster would unfold if the global community did not reinstate its funding. I hope our leaders can resist the temptation to throw money at this problem until a full investigation is complete and people are held to account. It's also time to change the narrative. Generations of Palestinians should no longer be considered refugees. (They are the only displaced peoples to retain this special status. Thank goodness Holocaust survivors moved on with their lives and chose to chart new paths and become contributing citizens to the many countries they built new lives in--as has been the case with Armenian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, Tibetan, Somali, Ethiopian and so many other refugees.) UNRWA, the UN and the Arab world has enslaved the Palestinian people for at least three generations. It's time to break the shackles and transform Gaza into the Mediterranean jewel it was destined to be! There can be another way...
This sounds like a bigger problem than UNRWA. The UN is now implicated in breeding antisemitism and terror against a member state. It shows a systematic failure that goes beyond just one leader or one organization.
Western countries should reconsider the entire premise of the UN.
It is long past the time to demand Guterres's resignation. The UN is no longer an organization committed to peace or to human rights. Only bureaucracy and hate.
The US is the largest financial supporter of the UN, providing just under 20% of its operating funds with U.S. taxpayer dollars. At some point, there needs to be a serious discussion about what exactly all of us are getting for these taxpayer dollars. The heroic work of Hillel and the folks at UN Watch is a perfect example of what our tax dollars are enabling. There are many others. The International Court of (so-called) Justice recently met to accuse Israel of “genocide” for defending itself against the attack of October 7th. Iran was recently appointed to chair a forum on the UN Human Rights Council, which routinely identifies Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, as the leading violator of “human rights.” I could go on but it becomes nauseating. Unless and until we stop funding these activities, we are complicit in these activities. Withdrawing funds from UNWRA is a good first step. What’s next is the question.
"[…] UNRWA officials that the agency operates “on the principles of neutrality, impartiality, independence and humanity.” So wrote Elizabeth Campbell in The New York Times, in April 2019 […]"
It is a good thing the legacy media gets to define what the facts are so none of us ever get misinformed with disinformation. Knowing that media like the NYT, WaPo and others so carefully validate what they print with a critical mind toward the truth gives me reassurance.
Thank you Un Watch for your diligent efforts in exposing the treacherous behaviours of UNRWA; it is beyond outrageous that western monies have continued to subsidize this cadre of hateful terrorists. I hope your presentation of facts will result in the elimination of UNRWA and perhaps, lead to an investigation of why our money has been misspent so egregiously.
This is a textbook example of regulatory capture, with the regulated party (Hamas) controlling the regulator (UNRWA). The good news for all those fired UNRWA employees is that full professorships await them at Harvard if they are willing to move to Boston. They would instantly go from zeroes to heroes on that illustrious campus.
12 employees were Hamas? No the entire org is Hamas.
I shared Ms. Weiss' video on "Feminist Silence on Rape" to my Facebook page, with my own comment about how someone could verbally attack the friends and relatives of the captives of Hamas as if there is any possible humane explanation for such attacks. A guy I worked with for 20 years messaged me almost immediately cursing me to get my facts straight before posting anything. He then asserted that Israel has been raping Palestinian women for decades. I responded by saying that even if what he stated is true, that two wrongs don't make a right and that Hamas' actions were crimes against humanity. His response was: "You and your western media are the problem where is the proof your fucking president lie about it"
My point is that if an educated professional from the middle east, who has now lived in the US for many decades, who has a good life with a beautiful family and a nice home in an upscale suburb displays such a lack of compassion and reason after all of this time, then there should be no surprise in the magnitude of the support for Hamas no matter what Hamas does, and no matter where the supporter lives or works. But what is even more concerning is that the supporter's children are likewise infected with this intolerance as evidenced by the student groups attacking Jews at major universities.
besides being Hamas by its very existence UNWRA perpetuates the culture of generational grievance in Gaza.
I’ll take this one step further. The UN is garbage. We all know it is.
We should pull out of the UN and demolish the building. It’s taking up valuable space in Manhattan that could easily be used for better purposes.
Hillel described our teachers unions on steroids. We are seeing the fruits of the subversion of young minds here also!
Nice piece. It’s important to make clear that 12 UNRWA employees were CAUGHT participating in a massacre. Assuming there is only positive video identification of a subset of the assailants caught in the act (say 10% for arguments sake) we can safely assume there are many more who participated but weren’t caught.
Similarly if there are 150 posts on Telegram of people stupid enough to put their livelihood at risk by cheering for murder and rape then we have to assume there are 1000x more who concurred but didn’t post (just like everywhere else on social media). If 10% of employees are known Hamas operatives but the allegiances of the other 90% is unknown then we can reasonably extrapolate to a much higher level.
Point is, it won’t due to fire those who are caught murdering, raping or inciting children to hate and go on with business as usual. These aren’t aberrations, they are the norm.
While defunding UNRWA won’t change the way these people educate in the short term, UNRWA salaries are an important source of $ for Hamas. It allows them to divert other funds to the construction of tunnels and terror infrastructure instead of investing in education.
Any reform efforts need to include accountability for the people in charge. If any publicly funded US institution had this many employees engaging in this level of depravity there would be hell to pay for its leaders. The fact that UN and UNRWA leaders are brazenly asking for their benefactors to keep funding them in light of these allegations shows how little concern they have for their own positions and legal culpability in all this.
Anyone who has ever looked below the sanitized surface presented by legacy media has been aware for years that UNRWA is Hamas' quartermaster in Gaza. It beggars belief that State Department and anti-terrorist agencies, not to mention their Western counterparts, were ignorant of that. What goes on in these people's minds?