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That UNRWA is prepared to do this is most telling. It strongly suggests that UNRWA does not function as an autonomous humanitarian organization, but rather at the behest of Hamas.

In the handful of times that Hamas was mentioned by UNRWA representatives, it was almost always to indicate that Hamas was not involved in one matter or another.


Not once, but three times in the course of days, rockets were discovered hidden in UNRWA schools. The first time was on July 16, when UNRWA announced that 20 rockets had been found. The placement of rockets in the school was soundly “condemned” as “a flagrant violation of …international law.” But once again, no group was identified as responsible.

UNRWA itself was then roundly criticized by international commentators for saying it had “informed the relevant authorities” in order to have the rockets taken away. This meant handing the rockets back to Hamas instead of having them dismantled.

Not so, UNRWA replied:

“…those authorities we contacted are under the authority of the national unity government in Ramallah now that Hamas has effectively left the government.”

This rationale was not well accepted, as in point of fact there is no authority in Gaza except Hamas.

But perhaps the single most disingenuous statement in the press release cited above is this:

“This incident [i.e., rockets placed in an UNRWA school], which is the first of its kind in Gaza, endangered civilians.”

One blogger commented, tongue-in-cheek, that yes, this is the first time this number of rockets was found in this particular UNRWA school.

He was not far from the truth: Only in the very narrowest sense would this be the “first time,” as a link between UNRWA schools and Hamas has been well documented for many years.

A special report from the Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, released in December 2002, indicated that a number of wanted terrorists were found hiding inside schools run by UNRWA.

A Shin Bet (Israeli secret service) report drawn up after Operation Defensive Shield identified the UNRWA schools that had been used for storing ammunition.

In the 2003 elections for representatives of the UNRWA union in the Gaza strip, Hamas-affiliated candidates — formally identified with the Islamic Bloc — gained 11 out of 11 seats in the teachers’ sector. The Islamic Bloc has been charged by Hamas with furthering the goal of Hamas within the schools. With regard to the first cache of rockets found in July, UNRWA refused Israel’s request for pictures of those weapons, arguing that “any photographic material” is evidence needed for its investigation of the matter. The fact of such an investigation by UNRWA – which is not likely to result in an announcement of “findings,” in any event – would in no way have precluded sharing of photos. However, such pictures might possibly have allowed identification of the rockets as the type utilized by Hamas.

When the second cache of rockets was found, UNRWA announced that staff had been withdrawn from the premises, “and so we are unable to confirm the precise number of rockets.”

There was no explanation as to how it had been possible to confirm the 20 rockets in the first instance.

By July 29, a third cache of rockets had been found in an UNRWA school; there was very little press about this. One blogger cited information he had acquired that the rockets were discovered when the IDF learned of them from a member of Hamas they had captured.

But storage of rockets in an UNRWA facility was hardly the worst of what was encountered in the course of the war:


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David Bedein is Bureau Chief of Israel Resource News Agency, presenting news items and analyses not often seen in your standard mainstream electronic or print media, even if you live in the Middle East. He is the Author of "Genesis of the Palestinian Authority", published in March 2017 and "Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered", published in May, 2014.


  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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