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{*Edited and researched by Arlene Kushner} At a time when nations of the world seek a neutral entity that can manage the funds for the rehab of Gaza, some people have suggested that UNRWA be considered as that entity.

However, before appointing UNRWA it would be best to examine UNRWA statements and actions during the Israeli-Hamas conflict of 2014

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June 27 through August 23

As UNRWA statements and actions are reviewed, certain factors become readily evident:

• UNRWA, which has a mandate to function as a humanitarian relief organization, consistently and inappropriately politicizes its positions.

• That politicization is expressed via a virulently anti-Israel stance.

• UNRWA is controlled by or allows itself to be used by Hamas. Its representatives studiously avoid mention of Hamas behavior that is egregiously destructive to the civilians of Gaza.

• UNRWA statements are frequently tendentious. They include distortions of fact, and blatant misrepresentations.

Hamas

UNRWA’s relationship to Hamas is at the core of this review.

An examination of UNRWA press releases and public statements by UNRWA representatives for the time period of this report reveals that Hamas is almost never mentioned by name.

On July 11, for example, Robert Turner, Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza, exhibiting a rare attempt to be (to seem) even-handed, said:

“The United Nations has condemned indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza on civilian areas in Israel and I do so again now.”

“Rocket fire from Gaza…” Perhaps the rockets fire themselves. There is no mention that Hamas is doing the bulk of the launching. And as to the fire being “indiscriminate… Does he suggest that there is a discriminating way to fire rockets at civilians?

►Not once during this time period was there a complaint or accusation voiced publicly by an UNRWA representative with regard to the Hamas practice of launching rockets and firing mortars from or near civilian sites — most particularly in this context, UNRWA installations.

Were one to form an impression of the war based solely on statements emanating from UNRWA, one would not know that such a practice – involving extensive utilization of civilians as human shields, which is blatantly in defiance of international law – had been taking place.

The failure of UNRWA personnel to refer to Hamas’s use of human shields is particularly disturbing because UNRWA’s mandate is humanitarian: the agency’s first obligation is to the wellbeing of the Palestinian Arabs, referred to as refugees, for whom it maintains responsibility.

An UNRWA document declares explicitly that:

“UNRWA has a very clear mandate for protection…[which includes] obtaining full respect for the rights of the individual in accordance with the letter and spirit of the relevant bodies of law (that is, human rights law, international humanitarian law…)”

http://www.unrwa.org/userfiles/201006109246.pdf

At the very same time, article 28 of the Forth Geneva Convention states that:

“The presence of a protected person may not be used to render certain points or areas immune from military operations.”

Similarly the 1998 ICC Statute declares that:

“Utilizing the presence of a civilian or other protected person to render certain points, areas or military forces immune from military operations” constitutes a war crime.

It is not remotely within the realm of the possible that UNRWA, an international humanitarian agency, is unaware of these legal prohibitions.

Nor does it withstand the test of credibility that UNRWA staff might have been unaware of Hamas’s practice in this regard. Hamas even put out a video encouraging it:

http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2014/07/08/hamas-uses-human-shields/

What we are seeing is a willful readiness to ignore these Hamas practices – in spite of the obligation of UNRWA to respond to them. In this sense, UNRWA has most grievously failed those individuals for whom it has responsibility.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Everyone of us needs to rise up, sounding the alarm, warning the nations to awake out of their sleep and slumber, against a people so brutal, so bloodthirsty, wanting to rule the world with their sharia law. Brutally murdering any who doesn’t submit to their law. Do you think this is a game? Do you think these people aren’t serious? Do you think it won’t happen to you and your country? Wake up and rise up and stop these people. Reject their way of life, for only you can. Shalom everyone.

  2. Israel begs to be destroyed…because it violates the TORAH which does NOT allow Israel to make treaties with its enemies….check it out!
    what did the TORAH mean….didn't the forefathers make peace with the enemies and write on huge stones that they made peace…YES but those were not treaties….the peace they made was YOU stay on your side of the stones on your side of the border and we will stay on our side….that made peace…but a peace TREATY is where you have 100 page document (or more pages) that gives up all kinds of crazy things like land and land and more land and rights to this and rights to that to the ARABS!!! and in return the arabs will now and then say they want peace with Israel (no penalties for arabs lying and making war) the land give away of GAZA should have (not been done) said IF arabs attack Israel Gaza will be taken BACK and they have to move to SINAI or to Jordan etc…no penalties only free gifts given to arabs in PEACE TREATIES (those peace treaties should be more correctly called suicide treaties (suicide of Israel and its Jews)

  3. Israel should have used the gaza war to declare that arabs (ALL ARABS don't single out 10 arabs for being bad…ALL ARABS are involved!)
    never had and legal or moral rights to any Israel land but Israel foolishly wanted to make permanant peace with the arabs bit the arabs have once again shown that they will NEVER make peace and ONLY want to destroy Israel PIECE BY PIECE (the only peace treaty arabs will make is PIECE TREATY(to kill and destroy Israel and Jews PIECE BY PIECE)
    so that ISRAEL DECLARES IRREVOBABLY to the world that all the land in Israel is now and always officialy Israel and JEWISH forever…NO MORE TALKS of peace for land…and no more talks of Palestinian country carved out of JEWISH ISRAEL…that is OVER!
    so stall the peace talks…refuse to talk peace while even on rock is thrown in Israel….and wait for new president….help to get the right guy elected…and then make your declaration of ISRAEL NOW AND FOREVER NO PALESTINIAN STATE>>>>LET THEM MOVE INTO JORDAN///or be dispersed amongst the 22 arab countries or move into the 65 mile Sinai country offered them for free by Egypt

  4. at the same time secretly (so don't show your new weapons in weapons shows each year to be sold to arabs….and Europe….they all will give as gifts your weapons and technology to your enemies to use against you….get some brains….keep your best weapons and antiweapon technology secret and use only in wars and let the enemy say how the heck to they do that….don't advertise or display or sell your secrets to anyone else! its as dumb as having hamas shoot up a seminary and none of the 75 girls die…..hamas says what the heck…..and you go on the news that night and say that after davening at 8am each day all the girls put on bullet proof vest which saved them from being killed today….
    next day all 75 girls are shot dead at 7 am while davening…..who told you to shoot off your mouth…let the enemy wonder in amazement and not know your methods nor your technology!

  5. so Israel should work hard right now and always to come up with super weapons even the USA and EUROPE do not have…and keep them secret…don't discuss….use them quietly when needed but punish any reporter or soldier who mentions or discusses what you are using…no pictures no stories allowed

  6. and shut down newspapers and magazines for months who reveal secrets that are best kept quiet….why should enemy know during or even at end or war or ever OH THIS IS HOW YOU DEFEATED US oh this is how you find our tunnels or this is your new weapon….keep it a mystery

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