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Bi-Partisan Senate Trio Demand Answers From Kerry on UNRWA Conduct in Gaza

Senators use harsh language to call UNRWA on its outrageous ties to Hamas and its one-sided condemnations of Israel.
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)(pictured), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) issued a harsh denunciation of UNRWA's role in the Gaza conflict and demanded an investigation.

Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)(pictured), Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) issued a harsh denunciation of UNRWA's role in the Gaza conflict and demanded an investigation.
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At least some members of the U.S. congress finally realized that if weapons belonging to Hamas were found in UNRWA facilities, questions need to be asked of UNRWA employees as to how those weapons got there, who put them there, who observed them, what – if anything – was done to remove them (or to keep them there), along with other pertinent and essential lines of inquiry.

U.S. senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), sent a letter last week to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, demanding an investigation into the actions of  the United Nations Refugee and Works Agency (UNRWA) during the fighting in Gaza.

The senators used very strong language to condemn the agency on several different bases.

First, the discovery, on three different occasions, of Hamas weapons in UNRWA facilities, whereupon the weapons were returned to the terrorist organization, Hamas.

Second, UNRWA has repeatedly issued statements condemning Israel and ignoring the wrongdoing of Hamas.

And third, the senators pointed out the very troubling close affiliation between Hamas and UNRWA, the irrefutable proof of which was the election of 25 Hamas candidates were voted onto the 27 member UNRWA ‘s workers’  union board in 2012.

Next, the senators explained why they are convinced it is appropriate for them to demand such an investigation into UNRWA: we pay for it! The United States contributed $294 million in 2013. It is the single largest donor to UNRWA. Since 1950, more than $5 billion U.S. taxpayers’ dollars were funneled into UNRWA.

Senator Mark Kirk is a member of the Senate Appropriations sub-committee which has jurisdiction over the Department of State, as well as U.S. contributions to U.N. activities. Kirk said in a statement posted on his website:

I am demanding a credible and independent assessment of UNRWA’s actions during this crisis. Given UNRWA’s ties to terrorism in the past, U.S. taxpayers deserve immediate answers and full transparency regarding their intentions and actions. The State Department must make clear to the U.N. that it need to take all necessary steps to prevent Hamas from using taxpayer-funded property to launch attacks against our allies.

Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, added:

When leaders and organizations of the United Nations blur the clear distinction between a nation-state defending itself and a terrorist organization attempting to murder civilians, Americans take note. When an organization funded in part by the U.S. suggests that the two are morally equivalent, U.S. taxpayers take note. Israel is undertaking extraordinary efforts to avoid civilian casualties while Hamas cynically uses other Palestinians as human shields and deliberately attempts to kill Israeli civilians. U.N. resources and personnel cannot be complicit in Hamas’ violent terrorist actions.

Senator Marco Rubio is also a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rubio had the following to say:

As the U.N.’s leading source of funding, American taxpayers will not tolerate the use of U.N. facilities by terrorists to stage attacks against our allies. We know Hamas has been using civilians as human shields and stores its weapons and fighters in civilian buildings, but for the U.N. to stand idly by while Hamas attacks Israel from its facilities is an outrage. This is the latest example of why the U.S. needs to bring greater transparency and accountability to the U.N. by pursuing reform of its programs and institutions.

The text of the letter the senators sent to Secretary of State Kerry:

Dear Secretary Kerry,

We write to express our profound concern with the troubling role the United Nations Refugee and Work Agency  (UNRWA) has played during the ongoing crisis in Gaza, including multiple instances of weapons found at UNRWA schools as well as one-sided statements from UNRWA leadership that unjustly condemn Israel. For instance, on July 14, UNRWA Commissioner General Pierre Krahenbuhl stated that Israeli security forces are acting “contrary to international humanitarian law” and also called Israel’s Gaza blockade “illegal.”

As you know, UNRWA admitted on July 17, July 22nd, and July 30th that it found rockets belonging to Hamas on its property. We commend UNRWA’s quick condemnation of these incidents, but are concerned with the ultimate fate of these rockets, which UNRWA claimed to have turned over to the “local authorities” or have gone missing. We fear that this means these rockets may have found their way back into Hamas’ hands.

We urge the State Department to launch an independent investigation into these incidents and to call on the United Nations leadership to hold UNRWA accountable, including by reprimanding or dismissing the UNRWA staff responsible as appropriate, as well as asking the U.N. to ensure that these incidents never take place again.

In the course of your investigation, we ask you to examine the fate of these rockets, what measures the U.N. took to secure UNRWA property, and how the U.S. intends to work with the U.N. to make sure incidents like these are never repeated.

As you know, the United States is the largest donor to UNRWA and has contributed almost $5 billion to the organization since 1950. The United States taxpayers deserve to know if UNRWA is fulfilling its mission or taking sides in this tragic conflict.

We look forward to your reply,

Sincerely,
Now that the strong statements have been made and a letter from three members of senate committees with jurisdiction over the State Department and the U.N. has been sent to the secretary of state, it behooves Israel’s supporters to demand follow-through.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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25 Responses to “Bi-Partisan Senate Trio Demand Answers From Kerry on UNRWA Conduct in Gaza”

  1. Excellent effort by the Senate on the despicable behavior ofr the UNRWA

  2. Izik Izik says:

    Yes lets charge Kerry and the 3 ring circus UN with war crimes. .you idiots.

  3. That’s an improvement!

  4. Ed Kaplan says:

    Oh they Are in big trouble now. Kerry is involved, Another useless entity.

  5. Marcy Pollak says:

    The truth, please, NOW!!!

  6. Only three but thank you for voicing intelligent concern! Now for the ridiculous reply from Secretary Kerry! Disgraceful!

  7. Perfect, because John Kerry can give those long-winded answers that swirl as swill in his big head. First of all, he served in Vietnam and the story they he invents of his service qualifies him to regale and bite people to tears with long winded philosophies and failed ideas. Also, he speaks French and so therefore he can fly around the world and then come back to share more of his dumb ideas.

  8. Carole Lucas says:

    We have to learn to trust our Creator and obey His commandments.

  9. Gary Rimmer says:

    Well it’s about time, someone in power, asked some questions based on the truth, plus asking why the UN, is totally biased against Israel..
    Let’s wait and see the results.. If there are any!!!!! But thanks guys for asking that puppet Kerry, some questions, that need answering….

  10. UN in Gaza is a HAMAS group.find out&see!!!!

  11. Simple solution stop paying these thugs they are a joke. the UN was a real gathering of nations now it is one of thieves and liars

  12. Han Jason says:

    LOL Good luck in getting the truth from this traitor

  13. Investigate, investigate now

  14. Hooray for these senators. The US should withdraw funding from UNRWA immediately!

  15. Elisa Simon says:

    I am very proud of these Senators. I wish my Senators would be this pro-active!

  16. Zvi Fink says:

    Unwra participates in terrorist training of Palestinian youth and uses its facilities to promote terrorism. John Kerry doesn’t give a damn so this letter is useless. Democratic losses in the November election is the only protection against Obama attempt to destroy the state of Israel once he is politically safe.

  17. The UN is no longer fit for purpose

  18. Lisa Kamins says:

    actually they are worse then thieves and liars, the UN is run by some of the worst human rights violators, and serves as a protector of them from any investigation.

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