Skip to comments.UNRWA Gives Rockets to Hamas; Why is U.S. Still Funding It?
Posted on 07/30/2014 4:11:56 PM PDT by SJackson
Last week, the UN refugee agency dedicated exclusively to Palestinians admitted that 20 rockets had mysteriously turned up in one of its schools in Gaza, thereby confirming a claim Israel has made for years: that UNRWA facilities are frequently utilized by terrorists. This week, the organization announced that it has turned the rockets over to the local authorities in Gaza, aka Hamas. In other words, a UN agency funded almost entirely by American and European taxpayers handed rockets over to a terrorist organization that is shooting them at Israel. And that isnt even the most outrageous part of the story.
The truly outrageous part was a Western diplomats response, as reported by the Times of Israel:
A Western diplomat familiar with the incident said there is absolutely no evidence that UNRWA handed the rockets to Hamas. Rather, the diplomat suggested, the authorities who collected the rockets are under the direct authority of the Palestinian unity government, which Hamas has left and which many in Hamas are openly hostile to. The key point is that the weapons were handed over to people who are not answerable to Hamas, the diplomat said, referring to the fact that the unity government, not Hamas, is officially the ruling power in Gaza.
The idea that the Palestinian Authority, rather than Hamas, is the ruling power in Gaza is risible. True, thats the ostensible implication of the unity government it recently formed with Hamas, but in reality, the PA doesnt have a single soldier or policeman in Gaza. When PA Health Minister Jawad Awwad tried to exercise his nominal authority by inspecting Gazas hospitals last week, his vehicle was stoned. PA President Mahmoud Abbas hasnt even dared set foot in Gaza. Egypt has repeatedly said it will reopen its border crossing with Gaza only if Hamas allows the PA to resume control of the crossingsurely a superfluous demand if the PA were already in control of Gaza. And we havent even mentioned the glaring internal contradiction in the diplomats own words: If Hamas has left the unity government, how can the unity government even exist, much less be in control of Gaza?
Of course, the unnamed diplomat knows all this quite well; nobody whos been conscious for the past seven years could be ignorant of who really rules Gaza. The diplomat was simply contorting the facts to avoid admitting that UNRWA gave lethal weapons to Hamaswhich both America and Europe deem a terrorist organizationbecause financing an agency that gives arms to terrorists would violate both American and European law. In other words, admitting the truth would require them to stop funding UNRWA, which neither America nor Europe wants to do.
In reality, UNRWA should have been defunded long ago, given both its role in perpetuating the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the fact that its enormous budget comes at the expense of other refugees, like the Syrians, whose need is far greater. But by turning rockets over to Hamas, UNRWA has lost its last shred of pretense to being a humanitarian agency. Its high time for Congress to pull the financial plug.
The same reason why Obama is still giving money to Hamas..because Obama, like the UN, supports the terrorists hell bent on destroying Israel
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Good question. I'll be calling my representatives in Congress tomorrow to ask that question. They'll ignore me. Enough of me's might get some attention. It's not as though the UN, which we Disproportionately fund, doesn't have a High Commissioner of Refugees. Which handles tens of millions of refugees, just not Palestinians who get their own agency.
UNRWA is a terrorist organization.
All this goodie, goodie stuff with UNICEF makes people think, no matter what entity under the umbrella of the UN the entity is that it’s just wonderful, and so humanitarian, that it would never be good to stop funding the UN. OH MY...NEVER. (Being facetious here, does that require a /F?)
The "refugees" should have been absorbed as citizens into the host states decades ago. All the UN is doing is keeping people in permanent poverty in slums that breed the next generation of Jew haters and terrorists, and the next, and the next . . .
Because the Commander In Chief is an Al Qaeda operative.
So is the Regime in the White Hut.
The US State Department has been anti-American in its philosophy for generations.
That about sums it up. These UN outfits willingly and knowingly keep these weapons, and possibly fire the rockets from these places.
UNRWA has over 30,000 employees, most of them Palestine refugees and a small number of international staff
Not surprised. Good catch.
Whenever weapons are found at UN buildings, the UN gives them right back to Hamas..they are both intertwined with one another
The overwrought UNRWA guy made an appearance on i24 this morning, and came off as a total Hamas tool. He kept claiming no terrorist group has ever been defeated by an organized army.
The IDF, meanwhile, has determined that Hamas was firing mortars in the vicinity of the latest school incident. They’re not yet sure whether the school was hit by their return fire or by errant Hamas rounds.
One little piece of trivia, in the course of Wednesday 50 Hamas rockets landed in Gaza. These dudes have raised friendly fire to an art form.