UN agency teachers urge terrorism and murder of Jews, reports say

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On Thursday, a shocking report from a surveillance organization revealed that a UN agency tasked with, among other things, educating Palestinian students in places like Lebanon, the West Bank and Jordan employs teachers who promote terrorism. and the murder of Jews.

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UN Watch, a Geneva-based NGO, found in its 49-page report that United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) computer teacher Nihaya Awad, who works in the West Bank, supported Hamas’ missile attacks on Israeli civilians after last year’s war. The United States and the European Union have classified Hamas, the Sunni jihadist organization that controls the Gaza Strip, as a terrorist entity.

A new report accuses UNRWA – a United Nations agency that educates Palestinian students – of hiring teachers who promote terrorism against Jews. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP)

In an Internet post, Awad wrote: “Greetings to the people of Gaza, blessed victory.” A second post written by Awad said “In the name of Allah, one victory after another, Palestine will be completely liberated”.

Awad “encouraged the exploitation of child soldiers by Palestinian terrorists, in a May 21, 2021 post on Facebook,” UN Watch reported.

Awad released the rumors two months after UNRWA director Gwyn Lewis praised Awad in a certificate of appreciation for his “fantastic efforts” as the “best interpreter” in UNRWA education, according to the report.

“We are proud that you are part of the UNRWA team,” Lewis wrote on March 23, 2021.

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Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said: “UNRWA should therefore be seen as complicit in the misconduct of its staff members. Worldwide, educators who incite hatred and violence are being removed. Yet the ‘UNRWA, despite proclaiming’ zero tolerance ‘for incitement, systematically employs preachers of anti-Jewish hatred and terrorism. “

UN Watch documented 20 new examples in the report of UNRWA teachers and staff advocating terrorism and anti-Semitism in its school curricula.

An example from Lebanon, where the US-designated terrorist movement Hezbollah has great control over the state, shows UNRWA Lebanon teacher Elham Mansour posting on Facebook May 11, 2022: “By Allah, anyone who can kill and slaughter any Zionist and Israeli criminal, and he does not, does not deserve to live. Kill them and chase them everywhere, they are the greatest enemy … All Israel deserves is death. “

Neuer said: “We ask the governments that fund UNRWA, as they gather at the United Nations to announce new commitments, to declare that they will stop enabling a system that teaches new generations of Palestinians to hate and kill Jews.”

“The United States, the EU, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and other donor states cannot morally send more money to UNRWA until it shows a genuine commitment to the basic standards of education in its schools. “, has continued. “This means that the agency must publicly condemn UNRWA employees who incite terrorism and anti-Semitism, remove them from their positions and create an independent and impartial investigation of all its staff.”

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The United States and other predominantly Western states that fund UNRWA met Thursday at the United Nations with Secretary General Antonio Guterres. They are expected to promise additional money to fund UNRWA.

On March 14, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the media at the UN headquarters in New York City.

On March 14, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the media at the UN headquarters in New York City.
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In response to a Fox News Digital request for comment, William Deere, the acting director of UNRWA’s Washington DC office, noted that the report came out the same day as the UN meeting on the agency.

Deere noted in its e-mailed statement that “a well-known politically motivated organization is once again attempting to undermine the Agency’s vital humanitarian and human development work. UNRWA is an agency fully committed to upholding the principles and United Nations values ​​and has zero tolerance for hate speech and incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence. “

He continued: “As we have stated many times before, UNRWA takes all these allegations seriously and is looking into the new allegations, noting that they were not shared with UNRWA before they were made public.”

Deere promised action if a violation occurred: “The Agency’s legal framework provides a process to investigate and take action on potential incidents of hate speech, incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence, in line with values ​​and UN principles. Should misconduct be found, UNRWA will take disciplinary action and the Advisory Commission of the Guest and Donor Agency will be notified of the results. “

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David Bedein, director of the Center for Near East Policy Research and UNRWA’s curriculum expert, told Fox News Digital that the Biden administration has made a positive move.

“The US government has issued an order to put all UNRWA funds on escrow because UNRWA will not change its resume. The US has not bowed,” he said.

Bedein said “UN Watch’s release on inciting UNRWA teachers to kill Jews is factual, accurate and informative. UNRWA’s current curriculum prepares its students for all-out war against Jews,” he said.

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FILE – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, right, and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid attend a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s office in Jerusalem on June 19, 2022. Bennett’s office announced on Monday, June 20. 2022 that his weakened coalition will be dissolved, and the country will head for new elections. Bennett and his main coalition partner, Yair Lapid, have agreed to cast a vote to dissolve parliament in the coming days, Bennett’s office said. Lapid will then have to serve as interim prime minister. The elections, scheduled for autumn, would be Israel’s fifth in three years. (Abir Sultan / Pool photo via AP, File)
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A State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital in a statement that “Violent, anti-Semitic and other hateful sentiments have no place in UNRWA’s classrooms. Both the United States and UNRWA have been unequivocal in condemning all of them. forms of racism, incitement to violence, and anti-Semitism “.

The spokesman continued: “The United States takes these allegations very seriously. We have no tolerance for intolerance and will continue to promote adherence to humanitarian principles, including neutrality.”

Knowingly, the spokesperson called on UNRWA to act on the allegations. “We expect UNRWA to investigate allegations, investigate them and, if justified, take disciplinary or other corrective action in line with United Nations policies, until the employment relationship or contracts are terminated, and hold anyone accountable. been held responsible for such conduct. “