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UNRWA – United Nations Relief and Works Agency Teachers Incite Terrorism & Hate

UNRWA Hate

Before a joint subcommittee hearing today of the U.S. Congress concerning the U.N., Israel, and the Palestinians, the director of the independent monitoring group UN Watch will testify and present a new report showing 40 alarming new cases of UNRWA school teachers in Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria whose Facebook pages incite to Jihadist terrorism and antisemitism, including by posting Holocaust-denying videos and pictures celebrating Hitler.

UN Watch sent letters this morning to U.N. chief António Guterres, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and U.S. envoy to the U.N. Nikki Haley, urging them to take action and demand U.N. and UNRWA condemnation of the incitement, and the immediate termination of the implicated employees.

“We need to see zero tolerance in the U.N. for terrorism and antisemitism,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch.

The UNRWA perpetrators exposed in the report are:

UNRWA LEBANON
L1 – Ghanem Naim Ghoneim, Teacher at UNRWA,  Venerates “Wonderful” Hitler
L2 – Omar Asaad, Employee at UNRWA, Reveres Hitler
L3 – Khader Awad, Teacher at UNRWA, Calls for the Murder of Jews
L4 – Hatem Asaad, Employee at UNRWA, Exalts Terrorists
L5  Mohammad Alsayyed, Assistant Head Teacher at UNRWA, Celebrates Abduction and Murder of Israelis
L6  Maha Hamid, Teacher at UNRWA, Publishes Hamas Propaganda Glorifying  “Martyrs”
L7 – Lotfi Ghuneim, Employee at UNRWA, Praises Car-Ramming Terrorist as “Hero”
L8 – Tarek Agha, UNRWA Human Resources Assistant, Glorifies Violence
L9  Ghassan Fathi, Technical Instructor at UNRWA’s Siblin Training Center, Posts Antisemitc Video
L10 – Ahmad Hasan, Outreach and Placement Officer at UNRWA, Quotes Hitler and Supports Hamas
L11 – Mustafa Zaid, Teacher at UNRWA, Spreads Hamas Propaganda
L12 – Hussein Asaad, Technical Instructor at UNRWA’s Siblin Training Center, Glorifies Stone-Throwers
L13  Ibrahim Tafesh, Employee at UNRWA’s Siblin Training Center, Posts Antisemitic and Pro-Hamas Content
L14 – Khaled A Aziz (Abu Musab), Employee at UNRWA’s Siblin Training Center, Promotes Violence
L15 – Mohamad Fahed, Instructor at UNRWA’s Siblin Training Center, Endorses Hamas, Murder of Jewish Boys
L16  Tarek Abu Ghazelah, Employee at UNRWA, Celebrates the Murder of Jewish Rabbis
L17 – Ahmad Nasser, Principal of UNRWA’s NTC, Promotes Antisemitic Conspiracy Theories

UNRWA JORDAN
J1 – Hussein Amrah, School Principal at UNRWA, Glorifies Violence and Celebrates Murder of Israelis
J2  Yousef Elayyan, Account Officer at UNRWA, Celebrates Death of Israeli Soldiers
J3  Bilal Allan, Employee at UNRWA,  Propagates Classical Antisemitic Tropes
J4  Jehad Ramadan Abu Kalloub, Teacher at UNRWA, Celebrates the Killing of Jews
J5  Ahmed Abu To’eima, Mathematics Teacher at UNRWA, Glorifies Violence and Celebrates Death of Israelis
J6 – Adnan Serdanah, Camp Services Officer at UNRWA, Glorifies the Killing of Israeli Citizens
J7 – Hussam Khattib, Teacher at UNRWA, Celebrates Violence Against Israel and the Murder of Civilians
J8 – Amer Aaron, Employee at UNRWA, Cheers Violence Against Israel and the Murder of Civilians
J9  Ahmad Khalifah, Employee at UNRWA, Venerates Hitler and Propagates Classical Antisemitism
J10 – Muhammad Abu Nasr, Teacher at UNRWA, Glorifies Violence and Child Soldiers
J11 – Tawfiq Samara, Principal at UNRWA’s Irbid Boys School, Celebrates Masked Hamas Fighters

UNRWA GAZA
G1 – Om Alaa, Teacher at UNRWA, Venerates Hitler
G2 – Eman Shammala, English Teacher at UNRWA, Glorifies Knife Attacks
G3 – Hanaa Om Hossam, Teacher at UNRWA, Celebrates Terrorist Attack
G4 – Eman Bader, Teacher at UNRWA, Glorifies Lethal Terror Attack
G5 – Mohamed Alhallaq, Teacher at UNRWA, Publicizes Terrorist Groups
G6 – Sunia Astal, Teacher at UNRWA, Promotes Violence and Glorifies Knife Attacks
G7 – Nwara Noor Nwara, Teacher at UNRWA, Promotes Violence
G8 – Islam Khafaja, Teacher at UNRWA, Celebrates Killing and Ransoming of Israeli Soldier

UNRWA SYRIA
S1
 – Abed Naser Hassen, Teacher at UNRWA, Spreads Antisemitic Video Denying the Holocaust
S2 – Nabil Sobhi, Lecturer at UNRWA’s Damascus Training Centre, Incites Violence Against Tel Aviv and Spreads Antisemitic Cartoons
S3 – Issa Issa, Director at UNRWA, Posts Image of Hitler and Condones Hamas Rocket Fire
S4 – Jaramana Camp Facebook Page, UNRWA School, Encourages Violence and Erases Israel from the Map
S5 – UNRWA’s Damascus Training Centre, Glorifies Terrorist Leila Khaled

Click here for the PDF of the report 

The Executive Summary follows below.

Poisoning Palestinian Children

A REPORT ON UNRWA TEACHERS’ INCITEMENT
TO JIHADIST TERRORISM AND ANTISEMITISM

Presented by UN Watch before the United States Congress
House Foreign Affairs Committee

Joint Hearing of the
Subcommitee on Middle East and North Africa and the
Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights,
and International Organization

UN Watch
February 2, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report exposes more than 40 Facebook pages operated by school teachers, principals, and other employees of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), which incite to terrorism or antisemitism. The report is divided by region, and includes UNRWA staffers in Lebanon, Jordan, Gaza and Syria. These cases are additional to the 30 cases of incitement revealed at the end of 2015 by UN Watch.

The examples of incitement in this report include UNRWA teachers and staffers celebrating the terrorist kidnapping of Israeli teenagers, cheering rockets being fired at Israeli civilian centers, endorsing various forms of violence, erasing Israel from the map, praising Hitler and posting his photo, and posting overtly antisemitic videos, caricatures, and statements.

Incitement as Symptom of Core Problem

It is essential to understand that the hatred on display within UNRWA is a symptom of a deeper, underlying problem: the very existence of the organization, its structure and operations, and core political mission. As noted by Dr. Einat Wilf, the world’s leading expert on UNRWA, the agency functions as a political Palestinian organization committed to the political program of “return,” which means sending five million descendants of 1948 Palestinian refugees into Israel, effectively ending the Jewish state as we know it. Rather than nurturing the possibility of peace, Dr. Wilf has shown, UNRWA is currently the greatest obstacle to peace, as it institutionalizes, perpetuates, and inflates the Palestinian refugee issue and the dream of Palestinian “return” to what is the State of Israel.

U.S., UK, EU and Other Top Donors Must Act

UNRWA’s major donors include the U.S., which gave $380 million in 2015, the EU ($136 million), and the UK ($100 million). These and other donor states, including Canada which recently announced a new $25 million grant, bear a responsibility to ensure that UNRWA lives up to its obligations as a UN humanitarian organization.

Regrettably, when we exposed 30 similar cases of online incitement last year, the response of UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness was to lash out at UN Watch, and to deny or downplay the problem. Only after months of sustained media attention did the UN spokesman in New York announce quietly that a few employees had been suspended. The identities of the perpetrators, or the duration of their suspensions, were never disclosed. UNRWA itself has never issued any statement on the matter, neither on its website or elsewhere.

That so many UNRWA employees continue to publicly display Facebook posts which celebrate radical Islamic terrorism and incite antisemitism demonstrates that UNRWA—despite its claims to have established disciplinary systems—is failing to take the issue seriously, and that its employees know that.

Likewise, the senior UNRWA echelon’s daily political advocacy targeting Israel—an anomalous practice and breach of neutrality among humanitarian agencies worldwide—creates an overall atmosphere in the organization where teachers clearly feel comfortable erasing the Jewish state from the map.

Legal Violations

The incitement by UNRWA employees constitutes a violation of their legal obligations:

  1. Breach of Neutrality Duty

UNRWA’s 2017 funding agreement with the U.S. State Department obliges it to act in accordance with “UN humanitarian principles of neutrality and impartiality.” Under general UN principles, UN humanitarian actors have a duty not to take sides in hostilities or engage in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature.

The incendiary Facebook posts by UNRWA personnel supporting, glorifying and legitimizing murderous anti-Israel terrorism is a gross violation of this duty of neutrality. These UN employees are openly taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and engaging in political, racial, religious or ideological controversies.

  1. Breach of UNRWA’s Undertaking to Reject Racism

 UNRWA’s agreement with the U.S. obliges it to reject “racism in all forms.” Yet UNRWA teachers and principals are in gross violation of this obligation by posting classically antisemitic posts on Facebook.

  1. Failure to Implement “Social Media Training”

Under its agreement with the U.S., and in pledges made to Canada that were announced in November, UNRWA must implement e-training on UNRWA’s policy on social media use by UNRWA personnel. UNRWA is in glaring breach of this provision. Based on today’s UN Watch report, it is clear that if UNRWA has taken any actions in this regard, they have been an utter failure.

Furthermore, UNRWA’s e-training obligation is supposed to be implemented in connection with its broader obligation to comply with Section 301(c) of the U.S. Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (see, Section III, p. 2), pursuant to which UNRWA must ensure the United States that its contributions are not going to assist persons who are involved in terrorism. The fact that UNRWA personnel are actively inciting, glorifying and honoring terrorists on their Facebook profiles calls into question whether UNRWA is in fact in compliance with FAA Section 301(c).

  1. Failure to Discipline Teachers Who Incite Terrorism and Antisemitism

Under its agreement with the U.S., UNRWA must take “clear and consistent . . . disciplinary action” against its personnel who violate UNRWA’s regulatory framework. (See, Section III, p. 3).

In response to UN Watch’s reports from last year, UNRWA claimed that it took disciplinary action against some of its personnel in the form of suspensions and loss of pay. However, UNRWA did not identify the employees subjected to disciplinary proceedings or state the length of the suspensions. In any event, whatever disciplinary action UNRWA took plainly was not effective—today’s UN Watch report shows that the conduct is continuing unabated throughout UNRWA’s facilities across the Middle East.

The U.S., the EU, the UK and Canada must demand that UNRWA employ a zero tolerance policy for this type of incendiary Facebook activity by its employees, just like that applied to teachers in the U.S. and the UK. In November 2016, the Oberlin College Board of Trustees dismissed an assistant professor for anti-Semitic Facebook posts. Similarly, in October 2015, the UK government banned a teacher from the classroom for life over an anti-Semitic Facebook post. Palestinian students deserve the same rights that UNRWA’s donors grant their own.

  1. Violation of Internal UN Policies on Impartiality

In addition to these flagrant breaches of the 2017 funding agreement, UNRWA is also in violation of UN and UNRWA internal policies concerning staff neutrality and impartiality.

Article 101(3) of the UN Charter states that the “paramount consideration” in employing staff is “securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity.” The quality of “integrity” is central to the UN Staff Rules and Staff Regulations, which require staff members to “uphold the highest standards of . . . integrity.” This includes, but is not limited to, “probity, impartiality, fairness, honesty and truthfulness in all matters affecting their work and status.” See Regulation 1.2(b). This value is again reflected in Rule 1.2(f) requiring staff to remain neutral and impartial, especially with respect to public pronouncements.

Moreover, UNRWA’s own International Staff Regulations expressly incorporate this UN “neutrality rule” for its staff, stating in Regulation 1.4 that staff must “avoid any action and in particular any kind of public pronouncement which may adversely reflect on their status or integrity, independence or impartiality which are required by that status.”

The UNRWA staff Facebook posts exposed by UN Watch today and last year reflect a brazen flouting of these UN and UNRWA regulations.

 

Oliver Stone Says Blame The Jews!

Hard-left filmmaker Oliver Stone recently found himself at a loss for “a plausible response” when Stephen Colbert pressed his defense of Vladimir Putin over Russia’s election hacking, says Alan Dershowitz at the Gatestone Institute.

So Stone “resorted to an age-old bigotry: blame the Jews — or, in its current incarnation, shift the blame” to Israel. As Page Six reported, Stone replied: “Israel had far more involvement in the US election than Russia” — an “absurd” claim Dershowitz says would be “laughable” if it didn’t reflect “a growing anti-Semitism by the intolerant hard left, of which Stone is a charter member.”

Says Dershowitz: “The essence of anti-Semitism is the bigoted claim that if there is a problem, then Jews must be its cause. This is the exact canard peddled by Stone — and is extremely dangerous if unrebutted.”

New York Post June 19, 2017

Politico’s ‘Elders of Zion’ anti-Semitic Rant

Politico’s ‘Elders of Zion’

Politico last weekend published “a diatribe” against what it suggests were “a secret web of shadowy Jews” involved in a “highly funded conspiracy to put Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin in power and keep them there,” reports Bethany Mandel at The Federalist.

The group is the well-known Chabad-Lubavitch, which is falsely portrayed as “a large, rich, tightly woven organization, a depiction straight out of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”

Maybe the alt-right really is as powerful as some contend, she notes, if it can “convince a mainstream American publication to publish 4,000 words of anti-Semitic garbage on the eve of a major Jewish holiday.”

OUTRAGEOUS! NYU Blames Israel For U.S. Police Shootings

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The anti-Semitism of NYU students is unbelievable!  The NYU chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine posted on their Facebook page that Israel is responsible for the recent police shootings of civilians because, “many police departments train with the Israeli Defense Forces.”

I am a Federal Law Enforcement instructor for HIDTA and the DOJ. This claim is ridicules.

Wow!

Dale I’m Not a Racist I Just Hate Jews!

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Sad that in America a growing number of people are justifying their racism under the cloak of leftist politics. READ ON:

NYC Campus Bigots

by Seth Lipsky

Americans are mourning today the murder of one of their finest sons, Taylor Force, a West Point graduate. He made it through tours in Iraq and Afghanistan only to be stabbed to death by a Palestinian Arab terrorist on the streets of Tel Aviv.

It is a bitter moment, one that will be talked about at dinner tables in homes across America. The State Department was quick to issue a condemnation, declaring there is “no justification for terrorism.”

Could this kind of violence erupt at the City University of New York? That’s one of the questions being discussed by New Yorkers who are working on the problem of anti-Semitism at our city’s great public university.

They are alarmed at the pussyfooting by politicians as anti-Semitism on CUNY’S campuses grows more overt and edges closer to physical confrontation.

Anti-Semitic incidents are being reported at world-famous CUNY campuses.

There are reports of students being harassed and faculty intimidated in the name of “justice for Palestine.” Partisans of CUNY insist its administration is marshaling the right response.

Yet almost no public officials are standing up.

Mayor de Blasio is mum. The City Council hasn’t acted. The borough presidents are preoccupied. The state Legislature, except for Dov Hikind and one or two others, is cowering in silence.

Neither the Assembly nor Senate has called hearings, though they pay for much of CUNY. They have issued no subpoenas. No legislators or officials have offered to, say, escort Jewish undergraduates across campuses so hostile that some students fear showing a Star of David necklace.

The silence was broken by one of the most distinguished Jewish groups, the Zionist Organization of America. Last month it sent a horrifying bill of particulars to CUNY’s chancellor, James Milliken.

The details were promptly reported by The Post’s Carl Campanile under the headline “‘Jew-haters’ spread fear at CUNY colleges.” Campanile cited incidents at John Jay, Hunter, Brooklyn and Staten Island campuses.

“Jews out of CUNY” is the cry the ZOA says was heard at Hunter. At John Jay, ZOA reports, slurs were so frequent that three Jewish students transferred out. At a Brooklyn College faculty meeting, a yarmulke-wearing professor was called a “Zionist pig.”

The ZOA letter prompted one state senator, Jack Martins of Mineola, to write to Gov. Cuomo, demanding he take action. Martins cited reports blaming a group called Students for Justice in Palestine.

CUNY answered ZOA’s letter the next day. Its answer was signed by Milliken and CUNY Chairman Benno Schmidt.

High hopes had been placed on Schmidt, a former president of Yale, when he took over as chairman of CUNY.

Yet Schmidt and Milliken seem to have consulted the law firm of Milquetoast, Nervous & Dodge. Their letter confessed that they were aware of “many” of the incidents described in the ZOA’s 14-page letter but failed to satisfy the ZOA.

The disruption of the faculty meeting at Brooklyn is “still under active investigation,” they said. They insisted that in the other cases, the colleges responded “promptly,” including with “strong contemporaneous public condemnations.”

Milliken and Schmidt rattled on about free speech, which is not the issue. They also said they’d deploy a student-faculty “task force” and seek “additional perspective and advice” from outside counsel.

The outside counsel — Paul Shechtman and Barbara Jones, both partners at Zuckerman Spaeder — are regarded by one activist on this issue as serious figures. I hear that they were Milliken’s idea, but, separately, that they were essentially forced on CUNY by an angry Andrew Cuomo.

The Anti-Defamation League has praised CUNY’s response. ZOA’s president has suggested that had the events involved hostility to any other group, the response would have been stronger. There have been no warnings of expulsion or criminal charges.

Not that the anti-Semitism is limited to CUNY. Intimidation of Jewish students is taking place at campuses all across America. And not just America, as a column by The New York Times’ Roger Cohen marked this week.

Cohen wrote about his alma mater of Oxford. He made a point of calling this phenomenon what it is — “Anti-Semitism of the Left.” Good for him. Yet the Times itself has been silent on anti-Semitism at CUNY.

De Blasio has closed the NYPD’s demographics unit, which had allegedly surveilled campuses in and out of New York. So our guard has been reduced against what could become the kind of violence that cost the lives of Taylor Force and so many others.