Dozens of academics and different staff employed by the United Nations company for Palestinian refugees have incited violence, shared images praising Adolf Hitler, and unfold antisemitic conspiracy theories on social media, in keeping with a report compiled by a watchdog launched early Monday.
The UN Watch report recognized 22 UNRWA academics in Gaza, the West Financial institution, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan who posted incendiary content material towards Jews or Israel on their Fb profiles. It has recognized over 100 incidents since 2015.
The group urged UNRWA’s donors, together with america and the European Union, to withdraw funding in mild of the findings and maintained the UN company has did not take motion towards the offending staff because it started to deliver the knowledge to its consideration six years in the past.
The report options dozens of examples and screenshots, all drawn from publicly viewable Fb profiles belonging to individuals who establish themselves on-line as UNRWA staff.
They embrace math instructor Nahed Sharawi of Gaza, who shared a video of Hitler, underlining the Nazi chief’s inspirational quotes to “enrich and enlighten your ideas and minds.”
Mohammed M. Alhourani, head of a well being heart at UNRWA in Jordan, promoted a principle that rich Jews created the coronavirus. He additionally shared a picture of Israeli troopers arresting Palestinians, with the caption: “The day will come when [they] will urinate on their [the Jews’] heads to purify them of their filth,” including “they are going to return to you as slaves, as they as soon as had been.”
Saeed Khalaf Abu Freh, an UNRWA math instructor in Jordan, and Maya Mahahi, an English instructor in Syria, praised a Palestinian teenager who killed Israeli soldier Gal Keidan and Rabbi Achiad Ettinger, a father of 12, in a 2019 terror assault within the West Financial institution.
Different UNRWA academics glorified the 1929 massacres of Jews in Hebron and the 1972 Munich Olympic bloodbath of Israeli athletes, and praised different convicted terrorists.
Others posted images of themselves with weapons or photographs of Palestinian youngsters brandishing rifles, alongside endorsements of violence.
Husni Masri, an UNRWA instructor within the West Financial institution, shared a conspiracy principle that Israel created COVID-19 to impede Muslim worship. Fahed Momo, an UNRWA administrative assistant, additionally quoted Hitler.
Quite a few different educators had been quoted denying Israel’s proper to exist.
“All over the world, educators who incite hate and violence are routinely faraway from the classroom for all times, but UNRWA, regardless of proclaiming zero tolerance for incitement, knowingly and systematically employs purveyors of terror and anti-Jewish hate,” mentioned UN Watch director Hillel Neuer in a press release.
“We name on the governments that fund UNWRA to take motion to cease the vicious cycle of generations being taught to hate and violently assault Jews. We demand that UNRWA deal with the core drawback, and show its real dedication to primary norms of training in its faculties, by publicly condemning UNWRA workers who incite terrorism and antisemitism, eradicating them from their positions, and creating an unbiased and neutral investigation of all of its employees,” he mentioned.
A spokesperson for UNWRA declined to deal with the particular allegations raised by the report, however mentioned the company would proceed to take allegations of hate and incitement critically.
“UNRWA has zero tolerance for incitement and hatred and takes very critically allegations which will implicate its employees on problems with neutrality and/or bias. Each UNRWA employees member is skilled in upholding the ideas of neutrality and non-discrimination and is held accountable and disciplined if present in breach of them,” mentioned UNWRA spokesperson Sami Mshasha.
Beneath the administration of earlier US president Donald Trump, Washington largely ended funding for the Palestinian Authority and for UNRWA, which runs a community of instructional and medical applications for Palestinian refugees across the Center East.
However the Biden administration has resumed funding the company, including $150 million in financial support.
Israel has lengthy pushed for UNRWA’s closure, arguing that it helps perpetuate the battle with the Palestinians because it confers refugee standing upon descendants of these initially displaced across the time of Israel’s Struggle of Independence.
Professional-Israel advocates have additionally lengthy criticized UNRWA for its textbooks, which they are saying promote incitement. Israeli monitoring teams have charged that UNRWA curricula promote violence and deny Israel’s proper to exist.
Trump’s secretary of state Mike Pompeo and UN ambassador Nikki Haley had additionally championed the cessation of funding for the aid company, arguing it was liable for perpetuating Palestinian poverty and questioning whether or not all the hundreds of thousands of individuals it serves are literally refugees.
UNRWA, whose 28,000 workers are principally descendants of refugees, gives companies reminiscent of training and healthcare to roughly 5.7 million Palestinians in camps in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon the West Financial institution and Gaza.